Gladiator Begins Confronts PSP In October

By Spencer . August 3, 2009 . 3:49pm


Class of Heroes publisher Acquire uh… acquired the rights to the small series of Gladiator games and are working on a new PSP title.


In Colosseum: Road to Freedom (aka Gladiator: Road to Freedom in Japan) you took on the role of a gladiator fighting to pay for his freedom. Gladiator Begins uses the same premise and Ancient Roman setting.


You start the PSP game by creating a character and then you’re thrown into the ring with a loin cloth. Hacking and slashing is the only way to win and escape captivity.


Gladiator Begins storms into Japan on October 29. Currently, there are no plans for a North American release, but UFO Interactive could pick Gladiator Begins up. They made deals with Acquire and the developer of the title, Go Show who also made Lost Regnum for the PSP.

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  • In other Acquire news, they’re also doing a new Wizardry game for PS3 (PSN? and possibly DS too? ruuuuumors)

    • jarrodand

      The DS Wizardry is from Genterprise.

  • Is this related to the PS2 title Koei released a year or two ago?

    Edit: I say that because you mentioned it in the article. Colosseum: Road to Freedom is the title of Koei’s US version. Also, could Koei pick up the PSP version as well?

  • MadMirko

    And in other Gladiator news, there’s also “Rage of the Gladiator” announced for WiiWare:

    Features include:

    • Insane “finishing moves.” You have 14 finishing moves that destroy your opponent in over-the-top cutscenes:

    Leap to the skies then plunge your warhammer into the ground, creating a pillar of fire that burns your enemy to a crisp.
    Transform into a hulking colossus 10 times the size of your opponent, pounding him into the ground.
    Darken the skies with a solar eclipse, sending a beam of light to fry your enemy.

    • Customize your character. As you defeat bosses, you earn skill points. You can apply those skill points to one of three skill trees: Offense, Defense, and Magic. This gives you new powers. It also provides great replay value since you can replay through the game with different skill tree decisions.

    • Fantastic 3D-graphics. Fully rendered and realistic, you do combat in a fully lit 3D arena. This polish level is rare for a downloadable title.

    • Extremely realistic animations. When you attack bosses, the impacts and hits feel “real.” Each boss has been painstakingly animated to react properly to each of your attacks.

    • Outstanding replay value. Once you’ve beaten the first 10 bosses, you must face them again in Challenge Mode, which is a completely new experience – the bosses are more difficult with new powers. There are 21 total battles.

    • Epic soundtrack. The music has been designed to be exciting and memorable, and really gets your blood pumping.

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