If you needed proof that we’re living in the future, how about this: there’s a giant robot battle scheduled for later this month.
Yes, you read that right. The MegaBots vs. Suidobashi duel (which is being hailed as the world’s first giant robot fight) is officially scheduled for Oct. 17. It’s been a long-time coming, too. The project has been in the works for about two years, since MegaBots first challenged Suidobashi to a duel in 2015. There’s been a number of false starts along the way: the battle almost happened in August, but was canceled last minute due to “logistical issues.”
Robot battles are nothing new, but this one is different. When they say giant, they really mean giant.
Just look at this promotional image of the MegaBots robot, with its engineering team thrown in for scale. These are big robots on the scale of what we’ve only seen in movies.
The duel will see the Eagle Prime robot (pictured below), built by Bay Area engineering company MegaBots, face off against Kuratas, a robot built by Japan-based Suidobashi Heavy Industries. For size reference, Eagle Prime is 16 feet tall and weighs 12 tons, Kuratas is only a bit smaller at 13 feet tall and clocking in at 6.5 tons.
The American MegaBots has long envisioned a televised giant robot battle league, but its dream has been slow to come to fruition. Building enough giant robots to warrant an entire league is no small feat. But the engineering team has been steadily moving toward that goal, documenting its progress with a web series and making an appearance at TechCrunch Disrupt earlier this year.
How to Stream MegaBots vs. Suidobashi Duel
- MegaBots vs. Suidobashi will take place at 7 p.m. Pacific Time (10 p.m. Eastern) on Tuesday, Oct. 17. You can stream it live, worldwide, via Twitch.
- If you can’t watch it then, the duel will be viewable on YouTube and Facebook immediately after it wraps up.