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Skullgirls’ First Male Character Is An Ex-Cop With A Tragic Past


Skullgirls’ IndieGoGo fundraider is trekking on, now at over $264,000 in contributions. To keep their fans informed, developer, Lab Zero Games, have taken the opportunity to provide further updates regarding development. First up, is an update on Big Band, the next character to be added to the game, provided contributions reach the $375,000 mark.


Here’s Big Band’s official back-story, as provided by Lab Zero:


Ben Birdland has seen a lot in his time, including the worst of the Grand War. But nothing was worse than what he saw as a beat cop in New Meridian. When he ran afoul of his crooked unit he was given a violent early retirement, and his broken body was left to spend the rest of its days in an iron lung.


That would have been the end of Ben’s story if it hadn’t drawn the ears of the Anti-Skullgirl Labs. With little left to lose, he agreed to be rebuilt with their experimental procedures. Melded with the machinery that allows him to breathe and a powerful an array of pneumatic weaponry, he was reborn as “Big Band.”


Now a senior member of Lab 8, he’s become a father figure of sort to the younger ASG soldiers. A firm believer in their cause, he has stayed with the project through its controversies and still sees his place on the front lines against the Skullgirl. His technology may be dated, but he more than makes up for it with experience and fortissimo.


Additionally, here’s a few more character reveals for a potential third new character for the game. As previously reported, if contributions reach $600,000, Lab Zero will add a third new character to the game, based on fan votes. A few of these have already been revealed, and you can check them out here and here. The latest ones can be viewed below:


Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.