New 2.5D side-scrolling beat 'em up revealed, runs on Unreal Engine 4

Boston startup studio Rotary Games launches Kickstarter campaign for Rudo Resurrection, featuring wrestlers from Chikara.

New Boston studio Rotary Games, founded by former staffers at 38 Studios (Kingdoms of Amalur) and Turbine (Lord of the Rings Online), today launched a Kickstarter campaign for a 2.5D side-scrolling beat 'em up. Called Rudo Resurrection, the game is coming to PC and runs on Epic's Unreal Engine 4. Rotary Games is asking for $50,000 to make the game, though there are many stretch goals for overflow funding, such as a release on Xbox 360 and Xbox One if funding hits $250,000.

What sets Rudo Resurrection apart from other side-scrollers is that it features wrestlers from Chikara, an American professional wrestling organization influenced by the mexican style of Lucha Libre wrestling. Some of the wrestlers that will be featured in Rudo Resurrection include Fire Ant, Green Ant, and assailANT.

"Our inspiration for Rudo Resurrection has been both traditional side-scrolling beat 'em up games like Double Dragon, Streets of Rage, and X-Men Arcade, along with newer games in this genre like Castle Crashers," Rotary Games lead designer Jesse Smith said in a statement. "Our game will pay homage to these classics and new games alike. Even if you aren't familiar with Chikara and its characters, we're creating a game that all fans of the beat 'em up genre are bound to love."

Rotary Games says the world of Rudo Resurrection is heavily inspired by comic book art and will have a "vibrant" feel to it. At the beginning of the game, you'll have access to three characters, but you can unlock new players as you progress through various levels.

Eventually, you'll be able to form your own "trio" and instead of having three lives, you'll be able to use three different characters to move through the game. When one character is defeated, you can swap to your second character, and then to your third if you need to.

Finally, Rotary Games says the characters in Rudo Resurrection will have signature and special attacks, some of which will be "crazy" and "ridiculous," the developer says. These moves will do significant damage, but as you'd expect, you'll be limited in the number of times you can use them during a level.

For more on Rudo Resurrection and to back the project, head to the game's Kickstarter page.

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Discussion

17 comments
Cuthbert1970
Cuthbert1970

If they've partnered with that Chikara wrestling organization, then why doesn't Chikara give them the 50K???

ghost59
ghost59

this game look like a unreal 3 game. 

sigh  unreal 4 never got better. its just the same engine 

PAL360
PAL360

I thought 360 couldnt handle Unreal Engine 4?!

simplesurf7
simplesurf7

I'd like to see some more pictures, concept art or somethin'.

rasterror
rasterror

Are you sure? That game sure doesn't look that great.

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

Unless the game is near completion, $50,000 isn't going to get them very far.  Totally unrealistic budget for a game.

jhonMalcovich
jhonMalcovich

Proof concept looks crappy as hell. Can't they do something more decent looking with UE4.

playstationzone
playstationzone

Let me guess we have fund money to them for this game we dont know yet really think Kickstarter should get done for asking fans for there money since should be crime.

immortality20
immortality20

Really hopes it hits it's funding and it makes it's way to consoles, looks very interesting and the world can't have enough games!

Wahab_MinSeo
Wahab_MinSeo

@ghost59  Yep it look like Unreal Engine 3 with a little DirectX 11 effects

Look the different from CryEngine 1 and 2 it's Huge!

Gen007
Gen007

@ghost59 so far from the truth. One thing people need to learn is that an engine is just the toolbox. I mean if i gave you a hammer and told you to build a chair when you have no exp doing so.  Would you blame the hammer for the chair coming out the way it did or yourself? The final visual look of a game is generally completely on the developers not the engine. UE4 could be used to make games that look look like they could be on the ps1 all the way up to top of the line pc visuals and everything in between. Thing is create high end visuals requires some high end talent and resources something smaller devs dont have.

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

@PAL360  Engines are all about scalability, even a phone can run unreal engine 4.

Wahab_MinSeo
Wahab_MinSeo

@Gamer_4_Fun @PAL360  Smartphone will be faster and better specs than the old-gen consoles like PS3, Xbox360 and Even the Wii U sure it's new generation of console from nintendo but the hardware is pretty old, Smartphone will have a DirectX 11 GPU, in late this year

But such PS3, XBox360 runs only DirectX 9c and Wii U Runs DirectX 10