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Skullgirls’ first male character being added tomorrow

Posted on April 21, 2014 AT 04:37am

Skullgirls Encore will be getting its first male character in the form of Big Band this Tuesday, April 22, Peter Bartholow, CEO of Lab Zero Games has announced.

“Once a regular beat cop known as Ben Birdland, he fell flat when he got on the wrong side of New Meridian’s corrupt police force,” Bartholow explained on the PlayStation Blog. “Birdland was broken and bent out of shape by his former colleagues, but was tuned up by Dr. Avian and ASG Lab 8. Now he is armed with a full ensemble of pneumatic weaponry, transforming him into the full fortissimo instrument of justice: “Big Band.””

Big Band has a versatile and powerful moveset. One of his abilities, “Bagpipe Blues,” powers up his two supers—Super-Sonic Jazz and Tympany Drive—allowing for major damage if used as a combo. Big Band is also the only character who can parry attacks, players will take damage while parrying, but it opens the opponent up to a counter attack.

Big Band will be completely free, and is the second of five planned additional characters that were funded by the developer’s recent Indiegogo campaign.

Lab Zero also teased the game’s next DLC character, Eliza. “Eliza’s concept is that she is a “mummy of flesh” – in place of a skeleton, she hosts a Parasite named Sekhmet, who can even leap out of her body and fight in her stead,” the developer wrote. “Eliza’s blood control powers lead to some really creative attacks, with blood hippos erupting from the ground to sanguine wings carrying her into the air. Eliza’s attacks and animations are brimming with references to Egyptian mythology, such as her summonable bodyguards, Albus and Horace, who are based on the Egyptian gods Anubis and Horus.”

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