Brawlhalla at PAX South: Interview with Zeke Sparkes of Blue Mammoth Games

On the second day of PAX South, Jeff Pannell had a chance to talk with Zeke Sparkes of Blue Mammoth Games about Brawlhalla, a platform brawler that pits an array of characters to smack each other off the map.

At first glance the game bears an eerie resemblance to the ever popular Super Smash Brothers, but Sparkes claims there are enough differences between the two games for Brawlhalla to hold its own in the genre. According to Sparkes, the combat is weapon-based with each character’s move sets drastically changing based on equipped weaponry.

Up to four players can join the fray at the same time with online tournaments, ladder boards, and matchmaking available for those with an itch for multiplayer fun. Sparkes informed that he wants to grow the game with the playerbase so as to not flood the online scene with too many matchmaking options and increase queue times.

Brawlhalla is currently available in Closed Beta on Steam and will launch sometime in 2015 for PC and Mac. The final release will be free-to-play with all content and characters available. More dedicated fans will be able to purchase character skins, weapon skins, taunts, and various cosmetics if they so desire.

Need all the juicy details? Check out the full interview below!

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Greetings Nation! The name’s Nick Bayer, I’m 25 and have identified as a gamer since my father brought home Commander Keen when I was 5. I currently work as a Medical Social Worker and spend all of my free time either gaming, spending time with my beautiful fiance, or gaming with my beautiful fiance. I gradated in 2013 from Grand Valley State University with a degree in Psychology, I currently am in my final semester at Grand Valley State University for a Masters in Social Work.

I mainly use PC as my gaming platform of choice, primarily enjoying the genres of RPG, action-adventure, FPS, and strategy games (Including Grand Strategy!). I also play an unhealthy amount of Dota 2. My favorites include Max Payne 2, Bioshock 1, Crusader Kings 2, The Ace Combat series (4-6), and Spec Ops: The Line. My favorite games are the ones that excel at telling wonderful stories!

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