The infamous StarBlood Network is broadcasting underground battles from its makeshift arenas on the fringes of known space. Now, trillions of citizens throughout the galaxy have tuned in to see you test your mettle in this futuristic blood sport.

As a fresh-faced new pilot, we’re here to make sure you don’t get yourself blown up too quickly, and perhaps you’ll even live long enough to earn a few Bloodbux. After all, we can’t have you disappointing the fans now, can we?

Just remember, it’s a dog-eat-dog universe out there, and no gravity means no mercy.


Move/Strafe: left stick
Turn/Pitch: right stick*
Ascend: E button
Descend: Q button
Boost: B button
Rotate ship: Q and E buttons (hold) then right stick
Fire weapons: R button
Fire missile: W button
Deploy mine: S button
Activate heavy weapon: F button
Switch primary/secondary weapons: D button
Lock on: Focus on target for a moment
Toggle scoreboard: touch pad button
Options menu: [OPTIONS] button
Reset VR position: [OPTIONS] button (hold)

*Pitch direction can be inverted in the Options menu.


The first thing you’ll need to do before launching into the arena is choose your pilot.
There are nine skilled competitors raring to go, each with their own combat specialities and… let’s say “unique” personalities.

Pilot Name: Alice
Ship Name: Bombshell
Ship Type: Bombardier

Speed: ⭐⭐
Attack: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Defence: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Difficulty: ⭐⭐


Alice is the kind of girl you’d love to bring home to your mum, assuming your mum likes girls that can lay out prize fighters with a swift left hook. As the arena’s resident explosives expert, she likes to blow stuff up. So you can thank her for all the shrapnel, debris and pain in the atmosphere.
Her ship specialises in launching big explosives with even bigger splash damage, making her the perfect choice for close to mid-range skirmishes.


Pilot Name: Buck
Ship Name: Juggernaut
Ship Type: Berserker

Speed: ⭐⭐⭐
Attack: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Defence: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Difficulty: ⭐


Buck big. Buck strong. Buck like food. Buck don’t give a… well, let’s just say Buck don’t care much. He’s the run-and-gun, spray-and-pray, Shooty McShooterson of the arena – and offensive in every sense of the word.
Buck’s battle pod is strong and tough. It excels in mid-range combat and grows more powerful as he deals damage to his competitors.


Pilot Name: Appolonia
Ship Name: Falconer
Ship Type: Hunter

Speed: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Attack: ⭐⭐⭐
Defence: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Difficulty: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Appolonia loves hunting the galaxy’s most dangerous game: space pandas. When there aren’t any of those around, she settles for murderous StarBlood Arena pilots instead. If you find your ship trapped in an enormous space-cage, it’s probably one of hers.

The Falconer specialises in support, ambush and trap tactics, and is an excellent choice at close range.


Pilot Name: Tik Tak Toh
Ship Name: Bastion
Ship Type: Tank

Speed: ⭐⭐
Attack: ⭐⭐⭐
Defence: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Difficulty: ⭐⭐

Tik Tak Toh

These little guys are the last of their species after being hunted to near extinction when it was discovered they made a tasty pizza topping for larger aliens. But with their (clearly) overcompensating weapons and shields, they won’t be bullied around the arena.
The Bastion is the slowest ship in the competition, but it boasts exceptional defensive power and is hugely effective in close-range combat.


Pilot Name: Elsa
Ship Name: Mandible
Ship Type: Soldier

Speed: ⭐⭐⭐
Attack: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Defence: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Difficulty: ⭐⭐


The known galaxy’s deadliest warrior, entire fleets of war cruisers have fallen to Elsa’s firepower. Not content to simply destroy her competition however, she annihilates them with a style all her own. Her hobbies include ripping enemies to shreds, stomping invaders and winning big.

In her capable hands, Elsa’s battle pod is a great all-rounder and performs especially well at medium-long range.


Pilot Name: Blade
Ship Name: Raptor
Ship Type: Assassin

Speed: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Attack: ⭐⭐⭐
Defence: ⭐
Difficulty: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Blade is the assassin you call when you want a job done right. In fact, that’s printed on his business card, alongside “Up-close Magician”. He’s swift, evasive and doesn’t fight fair, so do try and watch your back around him.
The Raptor is excellent in close-range combat since it’s the only ship with a melee attack specially designed for finishing the job.


Pilot Name: Dregg
Ship Name: Deadeye
Ship Type: Sniper

Speed: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Attack: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Defence: ⭐⭐
Difficulty: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


When most people get bored with the monotony of life, they take up a hobby, like needlepoint for example. Dregg took up something of a more… “lethal” pastime.
True to its name, Dregg’s Sniper-class battle pod excels at long range – boasting devastating single-shot damage.


Pilot Name: The Baron
Ship Name: Deathbringer
Ship Type: Deathnaught

Speed: ⭐⭐
Attack: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Defence: ⭐⭐⭐
Difficulty: ⭐

The Baron

There comes a point at which the standard human meat bag can only lift so much weight. For The Baron, that day was a Tuesday. So on Wednesday, massive amounts of cybernetic enhancements replaced his protein shakes. Don’t let the casual shades fool you though, The Baron is all business and has turned lethal force into an art form.

Heavy weapons are the Deathbringer’s bread and butter, making it an offensive powerhouse at mid-range.


Pilot Name: Gundo
Ship Name: Warbird
Ship Type: Gunship

Speed: ⭐⭐⭐
Attack: ⭐⭐⭐
Defence: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Difficulty: ⭐⭐⭐


Perhaps the best thing that can be said about Gundo is at least the only thing left of him is his brain. This tenacious cyborg is a gifted electrical expert and Swiss army knife of weaponry who’s not afraid of getting up close and personal.

Gundo is primarily a close-quarters bruiser, but his arsenal of gear enables him to perform well at any range.


Whether you’re a lone wolf or sociable space-farer, the StarBlood Network has a tonne of match types to get stuck in to.

Carnage and Team Carnage
Carnage is a free-for-all deathmatch for up to eight players, whereas Team Carnage pits four pilots against four. In both of these, it’s the first pilot (or team) to reach the score limit that wins.

These games also feature two types of randomised events that deploy helpful (or harmful) twists.

A helpful event might see healing drones fly in to replenish your health and reserves, whereas a harmful event might see minefields, turrets and drones wreak havoc around the arena.

It’s not called Carnage for nothing, you know.

Think battle pod death-rugby in space, and you’ll have a pretty good idea of what Gridiron is.
In this, two teams (of two-to-four players each) fight to shoot a ball into the opposing team’s goal.

Scoring from distance nets your team a point, but flying the ball into the goal is worth three. To make things a little trickier, the pilot carrying the ball won’t be able to use their weapons, so you might say teamwork’s a pretty big deal here.

Defend the arena’s generators against increasingly difficult waves of enemies – either alone or with friends in up to four player co-op.

In this mode, instead of simply blowing up when a player’s ship is destroyed, the ship becomes “downed”. When another player moves into close proximity to a downed ship, it can be revived to carry on the fight.

If at any time all generators are destroyed or if all players are downed simultaneously, the match is over.

The Burn Circuit
In this gruelling series of matches, you’ll fight against bots in five increasingly difficult battles (which you must place first in) to become the Burn Circuit Champion.

Winning the final match wins the circuit and unlocks both a unique skin for your chosen pilot and a special VR cinematic about their backstory. It also unlocks the “Ultimate Burn Circuit” for that pilot – which features a staggeringly flashy “Gold Chrome” skin as its grand prize.

None of the above take your fancy? Take on the arena your way in this fully-customisable, single player game mode. Skirmish allows you to choose:

  • Which map to play on.
  • What mode to play (Carnage, Team Carnage or Gridiron).
  • Score limit.
  • Match duration.
  • Number of bots.
  • Bot difficulty.
  • Level events.
  • Available power-ups.

Skirmish rewards you with experience and credits, but only 50% of what you’d earn from an online match.


Bloodbux burning a hole in your jumpsuit? Then beautify your pilot and battle pod with a fresh new look.

As you play through single player and multiplayer matches, you’ll pick up Bloodbux, which can be spent on either GROXBOXES or J3-RY C4Ns. These mystery boxes are bursting with customisation items, including:

  • Ship attachments – from retro licence plates to dashing formalwear.
  • Pilot outfits – because the first step to becoming a champion is to dress like one.
  • Dashboard toys – including the ever-tasteful “fluffy dice”.
  • Ship mods – that aren’t just for looks, these actually improve and alter your ship’s abilities.

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