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Laser League is like Tron crossed with Gladiators

You know, I have one simple request. And that is to have a league with frickin’ laser beams attached. Here’s Laser League.

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You know, I have one simple request. And that is to have a league with frickin’ laser beams attached. Here’s Laser League.

Roll7 are best known for side-scrolling skateboarding game, OlliOlli, and the Hotline Miami-esque, hyper-violent platformer, Not A Hero. Also, BunnyLord is ace.

Now they’re teamed up with publisher 505 Games (Abzu, Adrift, Rocket LeagueTerraria) to bring a new multiplayer game to light: Laser League.

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What is it? Well, we haven’t seen much of the gameplay yet, but there’s a lot of Tron to it – the disc battle stuff, not the light cycles or the space paranoids – but also a hint of lycra-clad competitive telly fodder like Gladiators and Ninja Warrior, with some high school games like dodgeball thrown into the mix.

Tom Woodley, Senior VP of brand and marketing, 505 Games, said:

“We have admired and enjoyed Roll7’s work from a far ever since the first OlliOlli game. When we saw the first prototype for Laser League, we could already feel that all-too-rare ‘just one more go’ impulse. We jumped at the chance to help Roll7 take their proven studio to the next level and realize their ambitions for Laser League.”

It’s an arcade multiplayer affair that looks like it will be great fun for local competition (Switch stand mode, anyone?) but if 505’s previous is anything to go by, they’ll be pitching it as a competitive online stablemate to the vastly successful Rocket League.

The fact the trailer ends with a tempting “Try-outs Summer 2017” is a clue to the competitive bent. That will be a beta, similar to any other online game, but the fact they called it “try-outs” makes you think they’re trying to foster a competitive atmosphere.

You can register for the “try-outs” at the Laser League official website.

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