Ever wondered what it must be like to dress up in a loincloth, take up your sword and fight in an Arena – oh, it’s just me, then! Gladiux is a brutal combat videogame set in ancient Rome where you fight for fortune, glory, and freedom. Yes, you can be like Maximus-Disastrous Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North and achieve fame and six-pack abs.
Starcaster Games has created a “Gladiator begins” reboot developed in association with Acquire, depicted in realistic 3D rendered characters and lavish environments that look like they’re captured straight from Ridley Scott’s movie epic. Its predecessor was released in 2010 for the PSP and focussed on a secret feud between Marcus Aurelius Antoninus and General Cassius‘ succession to the throne.
Of course, Gladiux isn’t associated with the movie, but there’s no denying its visual comparisons. Hopefully, it will expand on its predecessor’s story and characters, taking the repetitive combat from the original title on the PSP and creating a more dynamic, story-driven videogame that doesn’t just rely on button mashing. This bloody retelling shows a glorious return to an era of swords and sandals where you have to refine your battle skills and fight for your life.
Gladiux is developed with the Unreal engine and the graphics are still in early development, which hints at a super realistic combat RPG judging from the look of the images. This videogame also looks very violent, similar to its predecessor, with plenty of blood and gore. Hopefully, there’ll be a stomping epic soundtrack to go with the videogame.