Pirates, Ninjas bring fight to XBLA

Blazing Lizard's dodgeball grudge match to launch on Microsoft's online service; zombies wade into fray.

In August, Blazing Lizard revealed that it would be bringing the most pressing question of our time, and perhaps ever, to a head with Pirates vs. Ninjas Dodgeball. While the time of the epic showdown remains an ambiguous early 2008, publisher Gamecock Media Group today revealed the place as Xbox Live Arcade.

Pirates vs. Ninjas Dodgeball is the first project from downloadable-game developer Blazing Lizard, which was formed earlier this year by industry veterans who have worked on acclaimed hits such as Saints Row, Red Faction, and Descent: Freespace. Gamers will have more than just rubber balls to fling about in the four-on-four matches, as each of the five different squads will have their own unique array of physical attacks and power moves. Thus far, Blazing Lizard has confirmed Pirates, Ninjas, and most recently, Zombies as selectable sides.

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. The game has not yet been rated, though Broken Lizard has previously stated the game will have a family-friendly appeal.

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SpazH3d
SpazH3d

In response to -HCMF-'s post: Woah man, awesomeness. I could see that as a MMO game, I want to be a Zombie robot hooker. :D

RubyMars
RubyMars

Zombies FTW! I must insist that they only be taken out by a head shot...

V-Nine
V-Nine

And thus the Pirates vs. Ninja legend and lore continues...cool.

-HCMF-
-HCMF-

I long for the day when they make a "DEMON SPACE ROBOT ZOMBIE PIRATE NINJA HOOKERS" game. That game would rock, this game can only be so-so, I mean there are no demons, no robots, and no hookers. When will the publishers learn to listen to what the gamers want? Oh well, I guess this will do 'till then...

MetalZombieII
MetalZombieII

Pheo said: "Why is it in one sentence the company is "Blazing Lizard" and in the last sentence its "Broken Lizard"??" Holy slimy reptiles batman! They got their lizards crossed, don't they know what happens when they cross their lizards! That's it fire the editor! That being said, Broken Lizard does make some damn funny movies though. Maybe Blazing Lizard will be the Broken Lizard of gaming

rokkuman09
rokkuman09

Any game that has pirates, ninjas, and zombies can't be all that bad.

Enales
Enales

Why do they never post images in the news, I always have to look for the game after reading to see how it looks... though sounds fun, gotta love XBLA games.

grungehead1991
grungehead1991

YES ! We buckuneers can finally show those ninjas what we can do! Pirates FTW

GeigerdolylWodd
GeigerdolylWodd

I loved super dodgeball way back when on the original Nintendo with its super dodgeball attacks, and I loved River City Ransom. If this game manages to come close to both this will really be something special;)

sharpshooter188
sharpshooter188

family friendly.. pffft. pass just on that comment ALONE.

numbah2
numbah2

Hot off the press: Pie and Cake are also playable!

Adam_the_Nerd
Adam_the_Nerd

This sounds like a lot of fun! But wait, where are the robots?! haha

pandaramaster
pandaramaster

I cannot wait for this game to arrive. Pirates vs Ninjas? The two coolest groups of people known to man face off not in a bloody massacre, but DODGEBALL!!!

kerensky287
kerensky287

"Vexx88 omg....ownz finally I can shut those scurvey pirates mouths...wait im a ninja why do I sound like this? " BECUZ UR A N00B LOL

Vexx88
Vexx88

omg....ownz finally I can shut those scurvey pirates mouths...wait im a ninja why do I sound like this? :P

Delongman
Delongman

been waiting for a dodgeball game since the GBA version

osxgp
osxgp

I would like to see some original Xbox games come to XBLA.

kerrman
kerrman

Back in my graphics design class I had to design a movie case, so I made a movie about Pirates, Zombies, and Ninjas. Now I get to see that movie made into dodgeball? YES!! for god sakes YESSS!!

Pheo
Pheo

Why is it in one sentence the company is "Blazing Lizard" and in the last sentence its "Broken Lizard"??

blackhawk101
blackhawk101

clearly, zombies are the cool kids choice

darkzerogamer
darkzerogamer

I thought Ninjas were supposed to be all stealthy like. Oh well... its interesting seeing what they come up with for Xbox live arcade games though.

poolboy8
poolboy8

Broken Lizard is making games now? Awesome!!! I can't wait for the video game version of Beerfest!

klugenbeel
klugenbeel

This game actually looks like it could be fun for a bit...hey it will be on XBLA so its either going to cost 5 bucks or 10...so eh thats worth a few hours of fun! Gotta love this Indie gaming companies popping out and offering things that remind us of older games or new ideas for short, fun, cheap games.

darthzew
darthzew

This game will be awesome!

strawberryheart
strawberryheart

I was actually thinking of making a movie and simply calling it, "Ninja's VS Pirates" And one day I will, but for now I guess this is an intersting idea.

Bpg3D
Bpg3D

Meh, I'd rather have more classic games then all this home-brewed stuff.

Toastman923
Toastman923

The battle will finally come to an end...

dorohala
dorohala

Sounds interesing but I have better things to do!

NeleNel
NeleNel

If you can dodge a ninja star, you can dodge a ball!

ebookerd1
ebookerd1

This seems pretty cool. I might have to pick this up!

-HCMF-
-HCMF-

What about robot zombie pirate demon nijas from space?

rykh
rykh

The epic battle of the century has now started, how well can you dodge??

WeAreToast
WeAreToast

So... Pirates vs. Ninjas vs. Zombies Dodgeball. Sweet!

AZisBack
AZisBack

Zombies are gonna be awesome!

glitchgeeman
glitchgeeman

Heh, wow, Ninjas, Pirates, and Zombies, all in one game, playing dodgeball. This is going to be interesting for sure.

PseudoFinrod
PseudoFinrod

They call them Blazing Lizard in the first and second paragraphs and Broken Lizard in the last paragraph. I thought for a second that the guys who made Super Troopers were working on games now...

Holopaw
Holopaw

XBLA really owns, it really does.

Ra-Devil
Ra-Devil

Heaven or Hell LET'S ROCK

ibanezdropd
ibanezdropd

nice.... three of the best things is the world pirates... ninjas... and DODGEBALL!

robbie_basic
robbie_basic

I'm not genna lie. I like Xbox Live Arcade games more than normal ones. I'm admitting it, I just do. Quick, simple, fun. How games should be.