New four-on-four fighting game from Ninja Theory, Bleeding Edge, seems to have leaked right before E3 2019

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • June 7, 2019 at 12:57 p.m. PDT

It looks like a new fighting game is entering the ring. Ninja Theory's next game, entitled "Bleeding Edge," appears to have leaked ahead of Microsoft's big E3 2019 presentation this weekend.

Swedish blog Xboxer captured footage (without audio) of a confidential trailer that shows the game in action.

The trailer features words like "combat" and "action" in big letters that pop up as two sets of four fighters approach each other. We see that the game is going to run four vs. four battles with what looks like a focus on online multiplayer.

There are very quick glimpses of the combat shown here. From what we can see, it appears to be an arena-style, 3D fighting game.

A litter of interesting characters are showcased, with an overarching theme of robotics and a futuristic setting. We see fighters wielding axes, saw blades, swords, guns, using force fields, and more.

Ninja Theory is known for several different titles, including Heavenly Sword, Enslaved, Hell Blade, and most notably to us, DmC: Devil May Cry. According to the trailer, DmC: Devil May Cry Combat Director Rahni Tucker is involved in the development of Bleeding Edge.

Back in 2018, Microsoft acquired Ninja Theory making them an internal Microsoft game studio — joining others such as Minecraft’s Mojang and Sea of Thieves’ Rare. In an attempt to free themselves of the "AAA machine" and create games without the sole focus on monetization, Ninja Theory studios joined Microsoft and was able to retain creative independence, but now with corporate backing.

Now it appears that we're seeing the result of the fusion, and the fact that Ninja Theory's next title is a fighting game isn't all that surprising based on the current climate.

The fighting game market is booming right now, with a new installment of virtually every major fighting game franchise either available now or coming in the near future. On top of that, fighting games are becoming more prominent in the eSports realm, and team-based games are very popular in that space as well — Bleeding Edge has elements of team-based play baked in.

But more than that, the success of recent fighting games such as Mortal Kombat X and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate might be big indicators of what Microsoft potentially hopes to accomplish with Bleeding Edge. Last month, we learned that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has sold 13.81 million units. Mortal Kombat X, on the other hand, was recently revealed to be NetherRealm Studios' best selling game ever with nearly 11 million units sold.

Perhaps Microsoft is attempting to throw their hat in the ring with a fighting title of their own now. We'll just have to wait and see how things unfold.

A technical alpha test of Bleeding Edge is set to begin on June 27. Right now, there are no details on how players will be able to participate.

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