Elevate Combat League is a new sports arena shooter coming to the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The idea is that two teams of Grid Runners compete to score the most goals. But to get the ball takes shooting and a variety of skills. These include climbing, surfing and jet packs. But also allow you to sculpt the arena and change it to help your team.
“We’re thrilled to give press and public a preview of our new game, Elevate Combat League,” said Andy Santos, Design Director of Atomicom. “With Elevate we will push the competitive sports-arena shooter into exciting new territory. The ability to sculpt the level offers great tactical depth, while the skills players are equipped with means they can react quickly to the challenges of a rapidly changing arena.”
As you’d expect, there will be online multiplayer and leagues based on experience and skill, and you’ll also have solo modes to test your skills. As one of the players, or Grid Runners, competing in the year 2097, the benefit of ranking up is that your skills will begin to last longer. But as you’re playing similarly experienced opponents, it means that the matches get more and more spectacular – in theory.
The announcement trailer takes you through the skills available. And demonstrates how your gun can either fire or carry the ball with you.
So do you go for the ball or your opponents? And how well can your team support each other? Elevate Combat League will be available to try as an early version at EGX in Birmingham from September 21-24, 2017. But the rest of us will have to wait a little bit longer to try it. The key will be how chaotic and confusing it becomes in the heat of a match.
One interesting aspect is that Elevate Combat League has already become the focus on an eSports set-up. Developers Atomicom are working with Lotus TV Macau to create a TV series about the game which will be broadcast across South East Asia during launch. And the Lotus League will be a unique series within Elevate Combat League with “high-end prizes” and live eSports events.
There’s no word yet on how you enter the Lotus League, and whether it will be exclusive to the South East Asia region. But it might make for an incentive to give the game a try.