Bloodsports.TV Announcement Trailer Teases Borderlands Inspired Grindfest

Fatshark Games and Toadman Interactive have announced a spinoff from their isometric hack-and-slash RPG, Krater. The spin-off is called Bloodsports.TV and it’s a mix of Smash TV meets the art-style of Borderlands meets Krater. The announcement trailer for the game gives off the impression that the game is a cooperative, melee-centric version of Borderlands’ Underdome.

Blues spotted the announcement where Rasmus Davidsson, lead designer at Toadman Interactive, commented about the game’s nascence, saying…

“Finally we are excited to announce this bloody little darling of ours! Bloodsports.TV started off as a crazy attempt to create the co-op experience we had always wanted to experience, but couldn’t find,” … “Bloodsports.TV is truly the most fun game we’ve ever worked on and we can’t wait to share it with the rest of the world. See you on the scoreboards.”

All right, enough talk. Check out the trailer below.

The game sports five player cooperative gameplay where players will pick and choose their gladiator and go to battle in the arena-style deathmatch grindfest. As noted in the press release for the game…

“Work together to shoot, smash, stomp, electrocute, drain, and melt your enemies. Or support your fellow Gladiators through healing and buffing up their skills! Find your own strategies in the Bloodsports arena to become an increasingly infamous and prestigious Gladiator in the world of Krater.”

The graphical art-style looks like a dead-ringer for Borderlands‘ psychotic bandits. I’m not complaining. We could always use a bit more of that kind of visual representation in games.

I had a hard time seeing exactly how the combat plays out, though. I’m definitely interested to see more of Bloodsports.TV to get a better feel of the actual gameplay. Right now it’s on the list of games that have an interesting premise but will sway me over based on the execution. Also, the name keeps reminding me of Jean-Claude Van Damme’s movie from the 80s.

Anyway, right now, I’m kind of digging the game because that trailer seemed like something right out of the mid-1990s counter-culture scene, especially with the sweet Mad Max vibes tossed in there. So that’s always a plus.

If you’re interested in signing up for the beta or learning more about the game, you can check out the official website for more info.


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