Skullgirls fans rejoice: You’re about to get three new playable characters starting with Big Band, the game’s first male fighter.
I wish I played more fighting games because I love Skullgirls‘ art style, but alas it’s just not my bag. The only two fighting games I play with any sort of regularity are Mortal Kombat and Injustice for the iPhone (I’m sure most of you don’t even consider the latter as part of the genre). If I had infinite free time of course I’d like to give Skullgirls a go, but, let’s be honest, that’s a pipe dream.
That doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy Skullgirls‘ awesome art and character designs though. As far as the three new fighters go – Eliza is by far the most interesting. She’s basically a mummy made of flesh. What does that mean? It means that she’s just a skeleton wrapped in skin…wait, aren’t we all? You can check out her description below, as well as Big Band and Fukua’s write-ups courtesy of the PlayStation Blog.
– Corey Stevenson aka “Geist01″
He’s almost here: Big Band, Skullgirls Encore’s first male character, arrives for free next Tuesday, April 22nd!
Once a regular beat cop known as Ben Birdland, he fell flat when he got on the wrong side of New Meridian’s corrupt police force. Birdland was broken and bent out of shape by his former colleagues, but was tuned up by Dr. Avian and ASG Lab 8. Now he is armed with a full ensemble of pneumatic weaponry, transforming him into the full fortissimo instrument of justice: “Big Band.”
On April Fool’s Day, we revealed a “new” character, Fukua.
Now, character reveals on this most hallowed and despised of internet holidays are hardly new, but… we actually added her to the PC version of the game. The joke was that Fukua wasn’t a joke.
Fukua’s name began as a typo of “Filia,” so she’s been built entirely from repurposed Filia frames. But don’t let this fool you, because she plays completely differently from her artistic forebear.
We let our fans decide if they wanted to keep a “clone” character like Fukua in the game, and the answer was a resounding “Yes!” So since her April Fool’s debut, we’ve been testing her in the PC beta, tuning and improving her, and preparing her for primetime.
So in the coming weeks, PS3 Skullgirls Encore players can expect another update, which will add Fukua to the game, completely free!
The next free DLC character coming to Skullgirls Encore is Eliza, a blood-manipulating, Egyptian-themed lounge singer with a dark secret. While no Skullgirls character lacks for ambition, Eliza may be our most ambitious yet.
Eliza’s concept is that she is a “mummy of flesh” – in place of a skeleton, she hosts a Parasite named Sekhmet, who can even leap out of her body and fight in her stead.
Eliza’s blood control powers lead to some really creative attacks, with blood hippos erupting from the ground to sanguine wings carrying her into the air. Eliza’s attacks and animations are brimming with references to Egyptian mythology, such as her summonable bodyguards, Albus and Horace, who are based on the Egyptian gods Anubis and Horus.
Eliza is still in pre-production, but these rough animations should give you a sense of what you can expect. She’s going to be something special.