World War 3: Japan and US to have a Real Giant Robot Fight Next Year
You may have seen giant robots fighting in movies, comics, and anime thus far, but it seems like that is about to become a reality.
A few days ago, the American creators of MegaBot challenged Japan’s Suidobashi Heavy Industries to a robot fight, and now we have response from the company CEO.
“Yeah, I’ll fight,” Kogoro Kurata, Suidobashi CEO and founder, said on YouTube. “Absolutely.”
Draped in a Japanese flag, Kurata said he couldn’t let US win the duel as they have a deep-seated love of robots in their culture. “We can’t let another country win this—giant robots are Japanese culture.”
Fighting for America is the MegaBot, which is a piloted robot having room for two occupants (one driver and one gunner) and is 15 feet tall. Weighing at about 12,000 pounds, this mech has a paintball cannon that fires giant three-pound projectiles at more than 100 miles per hour.
On the other hand, Japan’s Kuratas mech is more mature. It’s a little smaller at 12 feet and only 9,000 pounds. Kuratas can only accomodate a single driver and no paintball gun.
Neither robot will be allowed to use any kind of projectile weapon, though.
Suidobashi CEO however upped the ante on the fight saying they want to duel with actual weapons, instead of paintballs. “You know what we really need: melee combat. If we’re gonna win this, I want to punch them to scrap and knock them down to do it.”
MegaBots haven’t yet agreed to Suidobashi’s new terms.
The robot fight is set to take place in about a year after both robots have been modified for combat.