Hung Mai, the developer of upcoming third-person shooter Battle Splash, explains why the game only has female characters. Mai also details how the game is influenced by popular shooters Doom and Team Fortress 2.
Battle Splash is described as “action-packed” and “violence-free” as its water-based weapons make it “suitable for all ages.”
Battle Splash: Female Characters, Doom-Like Gameplay
When Battle Splash is released, players will be able to take part in “supersized water fight[s]” with up to 32 players able to co-operate and take down the game’s AI. Players will also be able to fight the AI solo or customise their own water fights through the Steam Workshop.
Four female characters will be available – Pentaga, Trianga, Temiko and Quadra – each with their own specialties (Temiko is a sniper, for example, while Quadra can shield her teammates with her ‘Digital Shield.’)
Speaking to me via email, Mai explains that Battle Splash only features playable female characters as “female protagonists have more freedom of expression than male ones” and that in Hanoi, Vietnam, where Mai is based, men “rarely” take part in water fights. “This kind of activity is mainly associated with female players,” he tells me.
Mai also details how Battle Splash is based on classic arena shooter Doom and Valve’s free to play hit, Team Fortress 2. Mai points to Doom‘s “simple movement control” and Team Fortress 2‘s character abilities, saying that Battle Splash offers “class-based characters with full weapons load-out, simple movements, and rely on player’s skills.”
The game doesn’t have a released date yet as Mai, who has been developing it alone for four years, “is still making more content.” The latest trailer for the game also notes that Battle Splash is a work in progress and so it seems likely that the game’s fairly lacklustre visuals will be improved upon too.
Battle Splash is currently in development for PC. The game is currently seeking votes and feedback on Steam Greenlight, with an Early Access release being planned.