Metal Mania Looms as USA Takes on Japan in Real Giant Robot Battle
The year is 2017. The world is in utter disarray. Chaos reigns supreme, and it’s clear now there is only one true solution: Giant robot battles! The time has finally come to pit the United States’ team of engineers, MegaBots Inc., and their 16-foot Eagle Prime against their Japanese rivals at Suidobashi Heavy Industry and their 13-foot Kuratas. The robot-fightin’ challenge dates back to 2015, but it took a while to find a suitable venue and properly upgrade the robots, so the actual fight broadcast is now going down on Tuesday, October 17.
Fear not, because you’ll be able to stream the battle on Twitch, starting at 7:00pm Pacific Time. It’s not a live event, though. According to MegaBots, multiple rounds of fighting were split up over a few days in an abandoned steel mill with no spectators on site. MMA commentator Mike Goldberg provided the blow-by-blow as it happened alongside Saura Naderi, an expert in robotics.
The teams used a knockout system for the duel, so they either needed to disable their opponent, knock them down, or otherwise force them to surrender.
Here’s a recent look at MegaBots’ colossal contender:
The top comments on Reddit are worth perusing, too.
Via The Verge