Dodgeball Rising, a dodgeball game set in Edo-era Japan developed by Asakusa Studios and published by Happinet, will be entering Steam Early Access on December 14, 2017, according to the publisher.
In a nation where the government has banned swords and dueling, disputes are settled through an entirely different (and slightly less violent) means of battle - a good ol' game of dodgeball. Players can fling balls at a variety of opponents from the period in intense 3 on 3 battles. The developers have released a trailer which should give you some idea of how the game plays out:
You'll be able to select from one of 11 different characters, each with their own unique play style and skill set. If you can stay in the game long enough, you can build up your Rising Gauge and execute devastating special moves to smash your opponents into bits. If you're down for a bit of story, the game's Arcade mode features a unique tale to tell for each of the game's characters. No matter how you play, the rules are simple - hit your opponents and knock them out before the same happens to your own team.
Of course, dodgeball is all about playing with your friends and Dodgeball Rising is up to the task - you'll be able to play with up to six players either online or through local co-op. AI players can fill the gaps in the roster if you can't quite muster up a full team for either side. If you'd like to get your hands on Dodgeball Rising, you'll have to wait just over a month for the game to enter Early Access on December 14, 2017. No price has been announced as of yet. In the meantime, you can add it to your wishlist on Steam.
What do you think of Dodgeball Rising? Does it seem like the kind of game you'd enjoy playing with your friends? What's your favorite dodgeball game of all time? Let us know in the comments below!