Ninja Theory's 'Bleeding Edge' possibly leaks ahead of E3 2019, online melee game

What you need to know

  • Ninja Theory was recently acquired by Microsoft to boost its first-party lineup.
  • The team has worked on Hellblade and other acclaimed titles in the past.
  • It looks like its next project is called "Bleeding Edge."
  • According to an alleged leaked trailer, it's an online melee action game.

A few weeks ago, rumors started to fly around that Ninja Theory — a recent Xbox Game Studios acquisition — was working on a new melee game called "Bleeding Edge." While details were scarce, it appeared to feature an online component where teams of four players battled each other in tight arenas. The game should be revealed during Microsoft's media briefing on June 9, but it may have been confirmed through a leaked trailer.

Today, an outlet named "Xboxer" posted a rather interesting trailer on its website. The video showcases Bleeding Edge, an online four vs. four melee game, which features a lot of quirky characters like Gizmo. The aesthetic reminded us of Overwatch more than anything else. The production values seem top-notch, and given the clarity of the trailer and what it would take to fake a video like this, it may be genuine.

As with any such leak, take it with a grain of salt until we receive official confirmation. We should know for sure in a day. Microsoft doesn't comment on rumors and speculation, so we probably won't get a confirmation before the event. The trailer also stated that a Technical Alpha test was going to take place on June 27.

Bleeding Edge seems like a game that's ideal for Xbox Game Pass. Many gamers probably won't buy it outright due to its alleged online-only nature, but they may try it if it's part of the subscription.

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  • Didn't read the article. Got distracted by some retro web stuff;
    "The latest version of Flash Player is required to view videos." Say whaaaaaat.
  • Doesn’t look that interesting to me, looks like a revival of Loadout which wasn’t all that interesting too.
  • Niiiiiicccccce! Not really into the online battle BS this gen but I like the style of this game. I'll probably try it out.
  • Seems like a weird use for the team that made Hellblade but I guess we'll see.
  • I figure they were probably already working on it when they were acquired. I don't know if it would've been enough time to have something playable if they only started less than a year ago. Most game critics have been saying that most if not all the studios Microsoft had bought weren't likely to have anything more than a logo or teaser trailer ready to show. Looks like they could be wrong though. Which I'm not upset about, lol.
  • Well, they're also responsible for DMC, so it could make sense.
  • I'm not really into this type of game...But that art style!! It looks awesome! Since I have Game Pass, I'll definitely try it out. I seriously can't wait for Sunday. I hope Xbox pulls through.
  • These leaks are so annoying, I prefer to watch these when MS present it.
    I might just stay away from news sites like this one until MS 's conference tomorrow.