Boxing fans are in for a knock-out with the upcoming release of FIGHTING PRIDE: The Manny Pacquiao Saga! This 2.5-D beat-‘em-up sports-adventure game features a thrilling, action-packed, and addictive adaptation of Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao’s life story, and will be free to download on mobile platforms in early 2021.
Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao is the only boxer in history to win eight different weight divisions, with 12 major titles. His life is a phenomenal and inspiring story. Pacquiao has been invited on numerous occasions by prestigious institutions like Oxford University and Cambridge University to discuss his life’s challenges and how he has triumphed over adversity. Sharing with the world the legend of Pacquiao’s rise from poverty to prominence has been the main motivation for Fighting Pride from the start.
OMG Inc. creates the opportunity, develops the plan and prepares the story
“From nothing to greatness, from the impossible to endless possibilities, Pacquiao’s life must be shared with all of us,” said OMG President Mike Ochosa. “His story is compelling as well as inspiring. What better way to impart that sentiment to the world than through a mobile game app?”
OMG Inc. owns exclusive worldwide rights to develop a mobile game featuring Manny Pacquiao’s life story and the use of his name, image and likeness.
Ochosa first broached the idea in 2018. Instead of writing a book or making a movie, the mobile gaming platform was shaping up to be the most relevant, effective and user friendly way to tell the story of the Fighting Pride of the Philippines.
Together with personal insights and inputs from Pacquiao himself, the game story was created. Integral to the story development was the introduction of characters that embody Pacquiao’s challenges from his personal trials to the social ills he encountered.
OMG Inc reached out to Ranida Games, the Philippines premier game developer to co-build the game platform. FIGHTING PRIDE: The Manny Pacquiao Saga was born.
Ranima Games builds the game play and brings the story to life
Ranida Games is the Philippine-based independent game development studio behind hit games like PBA Basketball Slam and BAYANI - Fighting Game. “I’ve been watching Manny Pacquiao’s boxing fights since I was young, and it’s been one of my dreams to create a Pacquiao game since I started making games.,” said Ben Banta, CEO of Ranida Games. “He’s not only served as an inspiration, but also brought happiness and pride to a lot of people. And as a huge fan of beat ‘em ups, the continuous wave of action it offers while telling a story makes this a perfect genre through which to share his life story.”
In Fighting Pride, players accompany Manny Pacquiao on his life’s journey—from his humble beginnings as a young boy in the streets of his hometown, General Santos, to his boxing peak as a seasoned world champion fighting opponents in arenas around the world. The game will feature Story, Historical, and Online PvP modes and will offer over 100 stages in four chapters at launch. Future updates will be released to offer additional chapters, along with new opponents and environments.
In Story Mode, players will face opponents representing different social issues like poverty, bullying, crab mentality, as well as personal challenges such as self-doubt and fear of failure that Manny Pacquiao encountered throughout his life. As Pacquiao grows in the game, so too will his skills and abilities. His opponents will grow as well, providing the players with a continuous and compelling challenge.
In Historical Mode, players will experience Pacquiao’s important career fights, including his major boxing world title bouts.
In Online PvP Mode, players can go head-to-head with other players. PvP stands for Player versus Player, or Pacquiao versus Pacquiao, as players will be training their own versions of the legendary fighter to fight against other players’ versions of him.
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