Gladius is an immersive VR sword fighting game set in ancient Rome. As a gladiator, you will choose your weapons, train against different enemies, and finally fight for your freedom in an epic battle against the mightiest warriors and mythical creatures of the time. Win the crowd and you will win your freedom.
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Mostly Positive (196) - 76% of the 196 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Dec 21, 2016

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We want to create the best sword fighting VR game and bring it to the general public as soon as possible. Early access gives us time to properly polish the game, and a opportunity to involve the community in the development process. They can provide invaluable feedback to refine the game mechanics and the overall experience during the production process.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“The game is planned to be completed in the next 6 months, but could be longer depending on the user feedback”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“Full version is planned to have:

Seven full levels:
- Day 1: Gladiators (included in early access)
- Day 2: Underworld (included in early access)
- Day 3: Horde Invasion (included in early access)
- Day 4: Naval Battle (included in early access)
- Day 5: Siege of troy (included in early access)
- Day 6: Labyrinth: (included in early access)
- Day 7: Mount Olympus (included in early access)

more enemies (Barbarians, archers, crocodiles, scorpions, and titans),
more weapons (tridents, nets, flails, bows, halberds, knives, maces, siege weapons and incendiary devices),
more polished assets and graphics,
better sword combat mechanics,
and of course unannounced upgrades & features, depending on user feedback.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Gladius is nearing completion and has all 7 levels of the final game, challenge mode, endles mode, chariot races, as well as the training arena where you can have casual fights against any number of enemies and the armory. Additionally, we also included 7 weapons, 5 shields, and 7 helmets that are available from the start, as are 8 different enemy types.
Occasional bugs and crashes might still find their way into the builds, but we'll try to fix them as soon as possible, while also continuously working on overall game development.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The price of the full version will be higher than the early access version to reflect the higher value of the game once it's finished. All Early Access versions will automatically be updated to full versions upon release.
Please, expect constant updates in form of bug fixes, tweaks, features and major additions to content during the early access period.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Player feedback is very important to us and we believe the best way to get in touch is to post here on Steam's Discussions page. We'll be reviewing every post, fixing reported bugs, and taking each community suggestion into serious consideration while we continue building the game. We will also keep players updated with regular posts on the Gladius Steam page to report on the status of the development.”
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About This Game

Gladius is an immersive VR sword fighting game set in the ancient Rome. As a gladiator, you will choose your weapons, train against different enemies, and finally fight for your freedom in an epic battle against the mightiest warriors and creatures of the ancient world.


  • Sword fighting: Hold weapons directly in your hands, block enemy strikes with your shield or sword, throw your sword at the enemy, and cut their limbs and heads! The longer you play Gladius, the more you'll hone your skills.
  • Bow and arrow: If swords are not your thing, you can still open your way in the arena with a bow. Use your arrows wisely as you have a limited number of them!
  • Four Game Modes: engage in casual training in the small arena, survive in the blood arena, win a chariot race, or fight in campaign mode in the glorious Colosseum.
  • Ten different enemies: Gladiators, Legionaries, Praetorians, Barbarians, Archers, Tigers, Lions, Skeletons, Mummies and Minotaurs.
  • Four locomotion options: You can either teleport, sprint (dash), arm-swing, or use the trackpad movement.
  • Energy system: allows you to teleport and to slow time for spectacular moves that will wow the crowd.
  • Armory: Unlock new weapons, shields and helmets in the armory as you progress through the levels.
  • Market: Buy new equipment with your hard earned cash in the arena. You can buy more weapons, shields, helmets and food!
  • Three grip modes: You have different options to hold your weapons: "hold" maintain trigger pressed to hold the weapon, "sticky" use grip buttons to toggle the attachment, "lock" use the combination of grip+trigger to unlock your weapon and pick another one.
  • Dynamic crowd: People in the stadium react to your actions, they root for you if you do spectacular moves, they get bored, and throw you food if you deserve it. Win the crowd, and you will win your freedom!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 SP1 or newer
    • Processor: Intel i5-4590 / AMD FX 8350 equivalent or greater
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 970 / AMD Radeon™ R9 290 equivalent or greater
    • Storage: 6 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: HDMI 1.4 or DisplayPort 1.2 or newer, 1x USB 2.0 or greater port

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