It will be made reality, but it might take some time and funds, so the developers now ask the enthusiastic public to kickstart MegaBot’s 500k campaign to fight Kuratas with the proper improvements. It’s set to be an epic battle of the future, with robots wailing on each other, and the American company is trying to give 110%.
It’s only been a little over a month since American company MegaBotsInc challenged Japanese firm Suidobashi Heavy Industry and their robot Kuratas to a battle to the death… or malfunction. However, in order to make the fight a reality, the co-founders are now attempting to raise money through popular crowdfunding platform Kickstarter.
Their aim is to raise $500,000 for Mark II who is set to participate in the hand-to-hand combat match, but the giant 15 feet robot is now built for long range as well, reported to be at least within paintball gun capabilities.
All donations will be send to improving the already powerful MegaBot with heavier and better armor, strong firepower, upgraded hydraulics, and it will need to have faster speed and longer power.
For all your potentially heard-earned and generously offered donations, each investor could be getting a prize in return. In fact, for every robot enthusiast who eagerly funds the campaign with $1,000 will be allowed to participate in a ride around the giant Mark II and settle into the gunner’s seat to see the pilot’s perspective.
But, those who are loosening their purse strings even more and donate $5,000 will actually be taking the reins of the giant mecha and slap or punch around a few innocent cars. Currently, MegaBots have admitted that their Mark II is currently “slow, top heavy, rusty and not equipped for melee combat”, so it’s definitely not battle ready.
With the improvements, though, it will. And to make it a clean and fair fight, MegaBot is encouraging the Japanese company to do the same with their Kuratas in order to make sure the public won’t be disappointed. Though Suidobashi Heavy Industry did engage into a fair amount of taunting their creation. “Come on, guys, make it cooler” were the company’s words.
The Kickstarter campaign is doing quite well, so it seems people are truly getting excited about the possibility of this becoming an actual sport, as MegaBots hopes to be. They’ve got experienced engineers and have so far raised over $250,000 out of their $500,000 goal, and they have 29 more days to go.
Clearly, if both companies stay true to their word, this will be happening in 2016, so may the best robot win.
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