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Esports Boxing Club news: New gameplay video, release date delay, new additions to roster

BY MATTHEW DENNIS

It’s been over five months since we got our first glimpse of the Esports Boxing Club. It promises to be the most immersive and stacked boxing game of all time, and I’m back to give you an update on a few things that I’ve learned about the game.


New gameplay video 

SCI (Steel City Interactive) has released a new gameplay video with off a more in-depth look at the game. This time around, we see more movement mechanics, control system evasions, combat and combinations, plus, a bunch of dodging, weaving, and slips, along with some beautiful visuals of the crowd and lighting of arena.

One key addition to this game is that every player is unique—better yet, the players move like they move in real life. For example, taunting in this game triggers a move rather than an arrogant gesture. It triggers a whole new set of moves depending on how your fighter taunts and that works for every taunt your fighter has. They break all this down for you and more in the video.

Release date

The game’s release has been delayed. There was an early access beta that was supposed to come out over the summer, and that has been delayed as well.

I don’t see it as a bad thing, though. This game has been getting rave reviews over the past few months and even topped over one million views.

Also, the company has received extra investments. SCI founder Ash Habib had this to say on the matter at hand: “We can’t rush something we know everybody is excited about, including us with our own high expectations.” He also mentioned how they want to do justice for real-life boxers licensed for the game, such as Muhammad Ali

“Because of the massive expansion of the game, the roster, and the expectations, we have to make sure we do justice to the names.”

New additions to the roster

In their recent, gameplay video, ESBC announced that they will be replacing the referee in the game with Kenny Bayless. Bayless is well known for refereeing some well-known fights like Floyd Mayweather vs. Oscar Del La Hoya in 2007 and Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury II last year. Bayless is also known for his catchphrase before the opening bell Whatever I say, you must obey.”

Along with that, Todd Grisham released a new video this week announcing more fighters being added to a roster that’s already signed over 200 boxers. Below is the list of new fighter additions:

  • Tyson Fury (announced in the gameplay video)
  • Fernando Virgas 
  • Michael Nunn
  • Mike McCallum
  • Isreal Varquez 
  • Rafael Marquez 
  • Ricardo Mayorga 
  • Emmanuel Augustus 
  • Jeff Mayweather
  • Floyd Mayweather Sr.

I find it interesting that they signed Jeff Mayweather and Floyd Mayweather Sr. Of all the boxing games I’ve played, I’ve never seen these two in the game—or maybe I was just too young to remember because I was knocking people out playing as Butterbean. Could this be a sign of Floyd Mayweather Jr making his virtual boxing debut and finally putting his undefeated record on the line in the virtual world? 

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