Face Off Against A Veritable Roster Of Indie Game Characters In Bounty Battle

Where's Shovel Knight, though?
Bounty Battle, a fighting game crossover between indie game characters, has been announced for a July 16 release.
Bounty Battle, a fighting game crossover between indie game characters, has been announced for a July 16 release. Merge Games

Publisher Merge Games and developer Dark Screen Games have just unveiled their fighting game titled Bounty Battle. The game, which is set to release on July 16, takes characters from dozens of indie games, each with unique abilities inspired by their own game worlds.

Bounty Battle pits over 30 fighters from 20 different indie games in Smash-like mayhem. Each of these characters has their own Minion companion to help them in battle, plus unique abilities. As for the levels, they will be inspired from each of the fighter’s very own game worlds and can accommodate up to three fighters in any given match.

So, what characters should we be expecting? While no line-up has been released by Merge Games or Dark Screen Games yet, they have already provided a list of the games where the characters will be coming from. These are: Awesomenauts, Axiom Verge, Battle Chasers Nightwar, Blocks that Matter, Blubber Busters, Darkest Dungeon, Dead Cells, Death’s Gambit, Doko Roko, EITR, Flinthook, Guacamelee!, Jotun, Nuclear Throne, Oddmar, Owlboy, Pankapu, Ruin the Reckless, SteamWorld Dig, Super Comboman, The Bug Butcher, and Tower of Samsara.

Bounty Battle’s features include a Tournament Mode, Versus, Challenge Mode, Tutorial, and Training Room for those who want to perfect the combos for their main's unique move sets and special attacks. There are also 16 arenas to battle in plus ways to customize your fighter with multiple color and palette swap options.

In the game’s roster trailer, we are given a glimpse of the different characters and their moves. So far, despite the comparisons to Smash due to the all-star nature of its roster, its gameplay more closely resembles another indie fighting game, Brawlhalla, with its simplistic, sometimes sluggish animations. We can’t judge the game using clips though, as the most important aspect of any fighting game is how the combat feels, and ultimately this will be the deciding factor for Bounty Battle.

Players will get to experience everything firsthand once Bounty Battle launches for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam on July 16. Physical editions will also follow in August. News regarding cross-platform play hasn’t been confirmed yet.

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