Bleeding Edge, a free-for-all multiplayer brawler being developed by Ninja Theory and published by Xbox Game Studios, is all set to cause chaos and mayhem.
While celebrating “all things Xbox” last night at the X019 fan event, Microsoft announced that Bleeding Edge will officially release for Xbox One and PC on March 24, 2020. Those interested can start placing pre-orders with the understanding that Bleeding Edge will support cross-play and cross-save functionalities. In other words, players will be able to play with or against their friends regardless of the platform of choice.
In addition, the online brawler will launch with Xbox Game Pass. Potential players can either choose to purchase Bleeding Edge independently for $29.99 or as part of the ridiculous cost-saving Microsoft subscription package.
Placing a pre-order right now will not only secure a spot in a closed beta scheduled for February 14 and March 13, but also grant early access a whole week before the worldwide launch. Early adopters will also receive The Punk Pack, featuring a number of cosmetics and in-game accessories.
The Punk Pack:
- Butterpunk Buttercup, Punk Rock Niđhöggr, Outrider Zero Cool fighter skins
- Rioter’s Hoverboard
- Make Your Mark in-game sticker pack
- Three fighter taunts
Finally, Microsoft revealed a new playable character, Cass. She’s a hybrid assassin with a high skill ceiling in Bleeding Edge. Cass can throw a volley of darts, dodge out of harm’s way, perform huge jumps, and gain speed while running continuously. Her supers include a Dive Bomb where she takes to the skies before plummeting down on unsuspecting enemies, and Blade Dance where she spins to unleash a flurry of blades in all directions.
Ninja Theory recently concluded a technical alpha where the developer invited over a thousand players to try out Bleeding Edge as well as its cosmetics. Participants were granted 1,000 Credits and 1,000 Mod Parts just for logging in. Those currencies, though, will not carry over to the final game at launch.
Acquired by Microsoft right after releasing Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, Ninja Theory has only delved in virtual reality projects in the past couple of years. Bleeding Edge is the first console-exclusive game from the developer and has often been compared to the likes of Overwatch due to the colorful art style, vibrant cast of characters, and extravagant weapons. Just how similar it actually is to the acclaimed esports-supporting game will only become clear after launch.
However, Ninja Theory was also behind DmC: Devil May Cry, implying the combat of Bleeding Edge to borrow certain flashy elements from the acclaimed franchise. Suffice to say, the four-versus-four brawler carries promise.