For all you sci-fi fans, the wait is finally over! American startup Megabots Inc battled it out against Japan’s Suidobashi Heavy Industry in a Real Steel-style robot battle live streamed on Twitch. The show was filmed over the course of several days.
Back in 2014, Megabots Inc. had a dream of making 15-feet tall, 15,000 pound piloted robots fully equipped with powerful paintball cannons firing paint-filled projectiles at 120mph at their opponents. The team then challenged their Japanese counterparts for a robo-battle and the Japs accepted.
Team USA had two bots in tow while Japan had one. USA called their bots Iron Glory and Eagle Prime. Japan’s bot is called Kuratas.
The first round was Kuratas against Iron Glory, where the faster Kuratas knocked out the cannon totting Iron Glory. Kuratas charged straight in to Iron Glory with its heavy arm outstretched and flipped the monster off its metal feet. Just like that.
Suidobashi Heavy Industry
In the next round, Megabots returned with the newer and much upgraded Eagle Prime. This bot is heavier than the other two and is equipped with a gattling gun a mechanical claw. As Kuratas took cover behind a stack of barrels, Eagle Prime sent a barrage of paintballs to bring the Jap out of its hiding spot. Then in a bid to distract the terrifying Eagle Prime, Kuratas launched a drone sidekick that crashed on the Iron Prime, but the smoke from it made it harder for the Americans to see things. Kuratas went ahead to land a few punches on the hulking Eagle Prime. Eventually the round had to be stopped as the bots got entangled.
In the final round, pilots aboard the Eagle Prime hit Kuratas with its cannons and then whipped out a chainsaw to dismember the smaller bot. With no other bots in their inventory, the Japs lost and the carnage came to an end.
According to Engadget, the Megabots team wants to start a full blown giant robots sports league.Though the match seemed to go a bit slow and the edits made it seem scripted, the entire battle was strangely satisfying.