Blazing Lizards hatch Pirates vs. Ninjas Dodgeball

Industry veterans reveal first game from new studio to focus on historically lethal combatants with a score to settle.

Last week, a trio of former Volition, Inc. studio veterans announced they had founded Blazing Lizards, a new studio with a focus on downloadable games. Teasing their first project, the team sent along an intentionally blurred screenshot depicting what appeared to be a clump of palm trees on a beach. Today, those trees have come into focus, and it appears Blazing Lizards will be running with its theme of sophomorically tinged humor.

Seeing the juvenile question to its logical end...

From the team who worked on hits such as Saints Row, Red Faction, and Descent: Freespace comes Pirates vs. Ninjas Dodgeball. Playing out one of the Internet's timeless rivalries, Pirates vs. Ninjas Dodgeball lets players choose their sides--as pirates, ninjas, or one of three other as-yet-unannounced classes--and fling about rubber balls while executing combat moves and other special abilities.

Following playground rules, Pirates vs. Ninjas Dodgeball focuses on the combatant aspects of dodgeball, and players won't be restricted to a single side of the court in the game's six different arenas. In addition to single-player exhibition, story, and challenge modes, the game will feature several multiplayer cooperative and competitive modes for four players locally and eight players online.

Pirates vs. Ninjas Dodgeball is slated to appear as a digital download on "yet to be announced home console systems" in early 2008. The game is being designed for all ages, so expect the shivving to be kept to a minimum. According to today's announcement, Dodgeball is just the first of many upcoming games in the Pirates vs. Ninjas series.

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109 comments
keci_kt
keci_kt

When you can actually choose wich side you can take is awesome. That means you can be a good or bad guy at the same time

fkholmes
fkholmes

Awesome, I can't wait :D!

inYuashiaZero
inYuashiaZero

well ninjas have skill so i bet the pirates will use cannons. since cmon, when do pirates play fair? seriously?

playstation_wii
playstation_wii

Ninjas will obviously win. Can't wait for the other clasees! :D

OHJOY90
OHJOY90

Interesting. Will the other three factions be Vikings, Spartans and Samurais?

Teelee8
Teelee8

WizengamotX I'd play as a pirate-turned ninja. I just can't be asian. No offence or anything intended . Ya I'd do that too. Playing as an asian is kinda creepy

Shingo
Shingo

Dude, the awnser is Ninjas.

Timotht
Timotht

Pirates don't have the speed or agility to take on a ninja and win, they are to busy drinking rum and singing sea shantys.

freek33
freek33

I'm getting a bit tired of all this Pirates Vs Ninjas stuff. Still Blazing Lizards may just make some cash by jumping on the bandwagon 2 or 3 years on. Hope this is good. Doubt it though

WizengamotX
WizengamotX

I'd play as a pirate-turned ninja. I just can't be asian. No offence or anything intended ;).

keci_kt
keci_kt

The graphics look very good ....too bad that good games you have to wait long to get them.

Lord_Artix
Lord_Artix

I don't care what system this is on. I will buy it, and the console if necesary. This is above and beyond, Game of the Year material right here. And there better be zombies. Otherwise I will do none of the above stuff.

pandaramaster
pandaramaster

This game looks brilliant, whoever thought of pitting pirates against ninjas is a pure genius. Let's hope their special abilities and moves comes into play:D

Rect_Pola
Rect_Pola

At last, a new chapter will begin in the age old debate

DanteRules
DanteRules

Pirates are weak compared to ninjas. Just look at how easy they died in PotC 2.

paperwarior17
paperwarior17

A mere eagle can send a ninja flying. Pirates are made of tougher stuff.

kyo_tetsuei
kyo_tetsuei

Special skills, are the pirates going to drink profusely and slash the ball, while the ninjas do crazy acrobatics around the ball and blow it to pieces?

captainfork
captainfork

I wonder if this game will explain why pirates and ninjas started squabbling in the first place.

Sonicgod
Sonicgod

This is going to be one of the best sports games ever. That is not that hard though all they have to do is put ninja's and pirates in it and it already is.

Yuck_Too
Yuck_Too

I remember my first game of Pirates vs. Ninjas many years ago...in PvP WoW of all places. Coincidence I think not...

duke-nukem11
duke-nukem11

hmm a bit different! i whouldnt mind pissing a couple of MP's on it. thats if its gonna come out on the x360

El_Destructo
El_Destructo

The three unannounced classes are: 1. Hot kunoichi 2. Sexy pirate lass 3. Chuck Norris

curua02
curua02

The other classes will obviously be monkeys, robots, and zombies. It's only logical.

jacob-goodlich
jacob-goodlich

can u imagine if this ended up being the best game of the decade! lol

Delongman
Delongman

lol! Pirates and Ninjas!!!!!! Very curious title! I'm sure it will be a lot of fun! Still remember dodgeball for the GBA? It was really fun! I hope this one will be as fun!

WizengamotX
WizengamotX

This just in... This is top secret material, and this leak may or may not be posted promptly in an updated Gamespot Rumor-Control article. The three extra playable races are to be Legend of Zelda's Link, the protagonist of the new Metal Gear, and a customizable race (yes you can download your face onto your Xbox, as seen in the acclaimed Tony Hawk series!). The funny thing is, the first two mentioned races won't have legs, but will have a super high speed! They can throw, but that's it. Basically, they can't ever win a match! Go Microsoft!

UrbanMessiah
UrbanMessiah

Such a simple idea, yet so brilliant at the same time...If this isn't GOTY material, I don't know what is! -=x

WizengamotX
WizengamotX

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WizengamotX
WizengamotX

It's made by Microsoft. Screw Sony and Nintendo fanboys. Lay off our gold, unless you wanna be stuck like a pig and filleed with a katana.This city is forbidden, and our secrets are buried under tons of sand. And, in case you forget, everyone knows nobody can dig through sand. The hole just fills back up. Vote thumbs up, and don't forget. "Hook! Hook! Hook!".

Eribuster_basic
Eribuster_basic

This is quite possibly the most epic battle to happen in our lives. I weep tears for this display of majesty and spectacle.

BoogieManZero
BoogieManZero

How about Vikings and Samurai as unlockable characters. Please let this be the first multiplatform downloadable game. I want it on XBL Arcade and the PSN Store(or whatever it is called).

wiegraff
wiegraff

"Ninja are Sober, vigilent, diciplined and silent killers. Pirates are Slobbery, boisterous, Clumsy drunkards." Exactly why pirates are better. Would you rather train your butt off and get nothing out of it (materilistically speaking anyway), or just grab a gun, commandeer a ship, shoot stuff, and have a ton of gold. Which you can use to get drunk. My friend, the choice is easy. Oh and I agree 100% with csanjuro. Those would be awesome. WE ARE THE BROTHERS OF GAMMA CHI! BROTHERS FOREVER UNTIL WE DIE! WE ARE THE JOLLY PIRATES OF THE NIGHT! I'll skip the rest, but you get the point.

csanjuro
csanjuro

Could you imagine a world with Teenage Mutant Pirate Turtles? Pirate Gaiden? Pirate Scroll? Gray Fox, the Cyborg Pirate? It would suck! That would be awesome

marijuana_man2
marijuana_man2

For once, I like to see something different besides Ninjas & Pirates... I don't know maybe a Spartan or a Gladiator or something... However... Pirates and Ninjas both do agree on one thing.... COWBOYS SUCK!!!

Maxx_the_Slash
Maxx_the_Slash

I hope one of those 3 unannounced classes are zombies. Zombies ****ing rule.

X-RS
X-RS

go ninjas!!!

BobbyBobby85
BobbyBobby85

Could you imagine a world with Teenage Mutant Pirate Turtles? Pirate Gaiden? Pirate Scroll? Gray Fox, the Cyborg Pirate? It would suck!

Homsar13
Homsar13

as long as the ninjas don't look like the characters from Naruto...

soldjango
soldjango

oh and penguin martial artists, samurai bunnys, and robot soldiers are the other classes