IT’S ON. THE GIANT ROBOT DUEL IS CONFIRMED, AND WILL BE IN AUGUST OF 2017.

Everybody knows that there’s been a massive, world-view-bending feud bubbling up between national superpowers since roughly the end of 2015. And that feud is, of course, the one between two MEGA MECHS from the U.S. and Japan, who are set to absolutely destroy each other with chainsaws and “serious firepower” in what can only be called the robo-apocalyptic event of every giant-robot lover’s dreams. And now it’s official: The dream will come true in August of this year…

The robots facing off in August—which will now happen at an undisclosed location because the “original Duel venue fell through” and caused considerable delays—is between Megabots’ Mk. III and SHI’s KURATAS. Considerable battle upgrades have been made to both the original Mk. III and KURATAS over the last year-plus, the Mk. III’s coming after the team behind the 12,000-pound bot raised over $500,000 on kickstarter

No full images or videos are available of either giant robot, the Mk. III will be on display in the San Francisco Bay Area in May before it goes off to battle. Plus, MegaBots has released progress videos of Mk. III, one of which features it absolutely shredding cars with its hydraulic hands…

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