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Giant Boxing Robots Will Finally Be a Real Thing on Syfy

Robot Combat League
Syfy / Entertainment Weekly

For as long as man has dreamed of the mechanical age, humanity itself has faced only one truly pressing question: how long will it be until we can watch giant robots beating the sprockets out of one another? That age is nearly upon us, as ‘Robot Combat League’ will soon dawn on Syfy! No mere wheeled contraption hacking away at another, ‘Robot Combat League’ will feature the long-dreamt of 8-foot tall ‘bots smashing one another with their ‘Real Steel’ fists, but how long until we see them in action?

Robot enthusiasts, your day has come! For no longer do we need to work for the advancement of science, but rather for man’s designs to smash the hell out of one another in a giant arena. According to Entertainment Weekly, Syfy has officially greenlit a first season of ‘Robot Combat League,’ a first of its kind challenge to feature giant user-controlled humanoid robots boxing one another.

Debuting on February 26 and hosted by WWE wrestler and ‘Dancing With the Stars’ contestant Chris Jericho, the series will feature competition between teams of mechanics and “shadowboxing” fighters, competing for a prize of $100,000. Each robot will have its own unique name and design, which provides certain weaknesses and strengths. The only limiting factor of the competition lies in a stabilizing bar attached to the back of each robot, which Syfy president Mark Stern hopes to one day eliminate.

“It has always been our desire — and it’s really come around perennially — to update and do ‘Battle Bots’ for the new century,” says Stern. “Can we do ‘Real Steel?’ Are we at a place where you can do real bipedal robots? Every time we tried to to do it [the project] was stymied by the technology. Up until we actually saw them in the ring fighting, we didn’t think it would work. We’ve had robots decapitated, we’ve had robots cut in half. It was truly spectacular.”

You can take a look at another photo below, and head over to Entertainment Weekly for additional details on ‘Robot Combat League.’ Tell us if the future is everything you hoped in the comments!

Robot Combat League
Syfy / Entertainment Weekly

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