Ready your boxing gloves, for SyFy has announced that a rough, rock ‘em, sock ‘em robot show is coming to your living room soon. The new show, titled “Robot Combat League” will bring the pang and pop of crunching metal to your screens with eight foot tall humanoid robots battling it out for the ultimate title. The show is set to be hosted by WWE wrestler, author and “Dancing with the Stars” expert Chris Jericho.
In the wake of the success of the mega-metal-monster-movie “Reel Steel” on the big screen, “Robot Combat League” will also feature robots controlled by real operators whose boxing movements will be duplicated by their metal companions.
While this is not the first television show along this concept, coming after similar shows such as BBC’s “Robot Wars” and Comedy Central’s “Battle Bots”. What makes this show different from the rest you ask? Well it all boils down to technology.
“It has always been our desire — and it’s really come around perennially — to update and do Battle Bots for the new century,” says Syfy president Mark Stern. “Can we do Real Steel? Are we at a place where you can do real bipedal robots? Every time we tried to do it, the project was stymied by the technology.”
However, it seems they have finally made that leap from concept to reality, and the heavy metal show will debut on February 26th. When asked about the cost of making a high concept show such at this a reality, Stern would not reply except to note that it is “A lot”. I think it is safe to say that this show does not intend to disappoint, and viewers can expect to get exactly what the show promises, hitting, smashing and attacking robots.
“Up until we actually saw them in the ring fighting, we didn’t think it would work,” Stern says. “We’ve had robots decapitated; we’ve had robots cut in half. It was truly spectacular.”
The shows format will consist of 12 teams, each with their own designated “fighter” and “robo-tech” (robotics engineer) chosen from various backgrounds and paired with their own robot. Like real human boxers, the robots will also have their own unique personalities, strengths and weaknesses.
The teams will battle it out for three rounds with the hopes of winning the grand prize of $100,000. “They are complete boxing matches,” Stern says. “If a robot is disabled, the team has 20 minutes to get it functional again and back in the ring.”
So if you love metal monsters as much as SyFy does, make sure to tune in to "Robot Combat League" early next year for some hard-hitting entertainment!