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  1. SCE Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida recently spoke of Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale and its ultimate fate on the most recent episode of IGN's Podcast Beyond. He explained that the game sold over one million units worldwide and that Sony "liked the idea" but that ultimately sales weren't high enough to continue creating DLC or a definite sequel. Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale only had 4 DLC characters released in two separate installments, with the first being Kat and Emmett Graves (from Gravity Rush and Starhawk, respectively), and then Isaac Clarke and Zeus (from Dead Space and God of War) later on. Though Sony doesn't seem to be ruling out another game in the series sometime later on, it does unfortunately appear as if the series is being put on the backburner right now, if not indefinitely. This development was hardly surprising, however, given that Sony had cut ties with developer Superbot back in the end of January. It looks like our dreams of seeing Crash Bandicoot as a playable character in the game won't happen after all. Are you disappointed by the end of DLC support and lack of potential for a sequel for PSASBR?
  2. Marcus Estrada

    Upcoming PS All-Stars DLC Announced

    The first big DLC to hit PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale was the Kat and Emmett playable characters. These two, released for free initially, were an interesting start to expanding the game's roster. If SuperBot's layoffs worried you about the future of game content, then this next news should ease fears. IGN has just shared the exclusive announcement of the next new content: two new characters and a new stage. Who are the characters? Are we finally seeing a long-awaited Crash Bandicoot or Lara Croft? No, not yet anyway. The two new fighters are Isaac Clarke from Dead Space and Zeus of God of War. Kratos was already on the team representing the God of War franchise, but Dead Space is certainly new to the game. The new stage will be a mishmash of MediEvil and The Unfinished Swan. If you want to see the characters and new stage in action then head to IGN for videos. It seems that Isaac is another long-range character who works best with weaponry. On the other hand, Zeus is a slow but powerful close range fighter. Both characters and the stage will be out on March 19th.
  3. Uh-oh. Looks like there was a lot more going on behind the scenes than we thought in regards to the SuperBot layoffs. According to SCEA themselves, they have indeed cut ties with the PlayStation All-Star Battle Royal development studio: "Sony Computer Entertainment can confirm that the working agreement with developer SuperBot Entertainment has amicably ended. ... We have had a positive working relationship with this talented studio, and wish them the best of success in their next endeavor." SCEA also mentions that SCE Santa Monica Studio will be in charge of all future DLC releases. SuperBot director's of operations, David Yang, is optimistic about the end of their working relationship with Sony, however: "... the relationship with SCEA has ended on good terms. ... SuperBot Entertainment will continue working on projects that reflect our passion for games. ... We are very excited about beginning the next chapter of our future and invite all of our fans and supporters to follow our journey." Yang comments on the SuperBot layoffs and how much of the studio will remain, as well: "We don't have a reduction plan as of yet, however it is unlikely we can continue with our current work force for an extended period of time. We are still working things out and hope to continue on with as many of us as possible." Let's wish all the best to SuperBot, and hope we see plenty of great games from them in the future!
  4. Jason Clement

    Superbot Affected By Layoffs

    Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale was one of the PS3's biggest first-party titles to release last year, but despite that, developer Superbot has unfortunately been hit with layoffs as we speak. IGN received word from a Sony spokesperson who commented on the news saying: “SCEA can confirm that SuperBot Entertainment did make a reduction in their workforce today. The studio and SCEA remain committed to supporting PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale post launch, including developing the title“s forthcoming DLC releases in the coming months. The first character pack (including Kat from Gravity Rush and Emmett Graves from Starhawk) will be available for download on February 12 and will be free for the first two weeks. We“ll be sharing news of additional upcoming content soon.” The reduction in the developer's workforce doesn't bode well for the company's long-term future, as past examples of other developers have shown that this usually means that the team was not able to land another big project for everyone to work on. However, the extent of the reduction of Superbot's workforce is unknown, so it's difficult to speculate. And given the fact that All-Stars Battle Royale was not the sales smash that SCEA was hoping for, one has to wonder how much more DLC Superbot will be contracted to put out beyond the upcoming Kat and Emmett DLC on February 12th. Beyond that, what happens with the developer is anyone's guess, but hopefully Sony will give them another a chance to work on a big title before deciding on their ultimate fate. Game Podunk wishes the best to those that were affected by the layoffs at Superbot and hopes for a speedy recovery for them soon. Source: IGN
  5. We've known that Kat and Emmett would be joining the Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale cast of characters as DLC for some time now (the middle of last November, to be exact), but developer Superbot had been coy on a proposed release window for either. But no more! That's right, Superbot has finally outlined when we can expect to play as everyone's favorite heroine from Gravity Rush as well as the main hero in Starhawk, so get ready and mark your calendars because both will be available in this DLC on February 12th. As you can imagine, Kat's moveset is based around her ability to alter and manipulate gravity as well as being nimble and quick whereas Emmett's is based around his signature "Build & Battle" style from Starhawk, which allows him to call down different structures to aid him in the battle; in addition, he has access to a variety of different weapons that will help him to adapt to any circumstance. But what's this? There's also a brand new level that will be available for purchase called "Fearless," and it's a mash-up between Heavenly Sword and WipEout. Superbot says that those who buy it will be able to play it offline and in non-ranked lobbies, but those who don't buy it will still be able to experience it in ranked lobbies online. And as previously announced, both Kat and Emmett will be available to download for free for two weeks after the DLC first arrives, so be sure to nab them quick. Superbot is also promising more All-Star DLC characters in the future as well, and it looks as if they're aiming to announce more in March. Stay tuned! Source: Playstation Blog Are you looking forward to playing as Kat and Emmett in Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale?
  6. Even though I'm still pretty deep in Persona 4 Golden, I recently picked up PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale on the Vita. I got a lot of raised eyebrows and could swear that at one point I heard someone say that my choice was "illogical." Calm down my Vulcan friends, there is a very good reason why I decided to buy the physical Vita version despite the fact that for $20 more I could have gotten both the physical PS3 and digital Vita version. A few reasons, actually. Ironically enough, the reasons I had for defying the Prime Directive (so it seems) tie in directly to why the Vita seems to be suffering. Take a gander while I explain myself below. Proprietary Memory Card Capacity Frankly speaking, my 8GB Vita memory card is full, so a digital download for Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale would force me to delete other games. However, I'm not a huge fan of deleting games. In Sony's case, peripheral and accessory sales are usually the main driving force for making money off PlayStation handhelds. The PSP had a proprietary memory format (Memory Stick Pro Duo), the PSPGo had a new proprietary memory format (Memory Stick Micro, or M2), and now the Vita has its own stand alone proprietary memory format (Playstation Vita memory card). Quite frankly, buying all these memory cards becomes expensive. So expensive, in fact, that upgrading to a larger memory card that can only ever be used with a Vita for nearly twice the price as the going rate for similar memory formats (with similar capacity) seems foolish. At least I feel like a fool for doing it. But I, like many others, spent nearly the same amount on memory for the PSP as I did on the handheld itself and I am wary of doing so again. Add that "cost of ownership" onto an already steep price tag and it's easy to see why many people are waiting for a price drop on the Vita. Since the size of many of these Vita games is well over 1GB (some games are closer to 4GBs!), it's pretty tough to get by on the relatively cheap 4GB card that comes with most of these Vita bundles, if even at all. Not a huge motivator to me considering their main rival, Nintendo's 3DS, uses the standard SD memory format that is both cheap and plentiful. Food for thought there, Sony. Cross-Buy Doesn't Help the Vita-Only Gamer Think about it. Cross-Buy is a great deal for console players that also happen to have a Vita. It may or may not even be a slight incentive for PS3 owners to buy a Vita. Personally, I don't think it is, because anyone who wants a Vita for Vita games specifically is probably already sold on one whether they have gotten around to buying it or not. Paying $250 just to play the exact same game you already own, just portable, is a lot of money for a mostly trivial convenience. Remember, these people are primarily console gamers. I am mostly a handheld gamer. So with Cross-Buy, essentially I would be paying $20 more just to have a digital version of the game, and a physical PS3 disc I'll never use. This is the opposite of convenience. I know I'm one of the only people who would rather play on a handheld than on a console, but the fact still stands; Cross-Buy doesn't give the person who only owns a Vita, and not a PS3, anything. And to this entire demographic of Vita owners who do not have a PS3 or don't play often on it, there is little being done to hold the interest of these people. Stuff like remote play and cross controller are essentially useless here as well. System Identity I love the tagline "Console quality on-the-go" from Sony's new Vita TV ad plugging the system and Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified. This in itself is hilarious because Declassified is the farthest thing imaginable from its console counterpart. What the tagline really represents, though, is the bulk of Sony's plan for the Vita. If you paid attention to E3, Gamescom, or any recent gaming conference, you'll know largely from here on out what the Vita will see is many console ports. This flies directly in the face of their previous statement earlier saying the saturation of ports hurt the PSP in the end. I guess it doesn't count when it's Cross-Buy right? So let's see... Sly Cooper Thieves in Time, Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault, Guacamelee, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, Sound Shapes, Zen Pinball 2, and Retro City Rampage are all so far the exact same game on both systems that you can buy for one price. Combined with existing franchises emphasizing the "same gameplay as console" experience hitting the Vita in droves, it becomes very hard to think of more than a handful of titles you can get on the Vita that you can't get someplace else. This is the kind of identity crisis that they acknowledged hurting the PSP, yet they seem happy to blindly repeat these mistakes despite the affirmation they know better. Instead of trying to sell Vitas to PS3 owners (sorry, it's not working as well as you thought) they need to focus on giving the Vita its own identity with games people can't find anywhere else. This will prove the Vita isn't just a fancy port machine, or an expensive PS3 peripheral and will motivate people who are your target market, the hardcore gamer, to actually buy one. This will raise your installed user base and in turn motivate more developers to support your handheld. Sony just needs to get over the hump and make more new exclusive games like Soul Sacrifice, Gravity Rush, and... see, I can't even think of another one. If that doesn't prove my point, I don't know what does. I realize this mostly comes off as me telling Sony I could do their job better than they can (or are, in this case), and as I have no MBA or accounting degree it is easy to dismiss these as the speculative rantings of just another know-it-all gamer. Many of you will probably call me out, whether in a comment or simply in your mind and move on. Let me warn you though - I'm not trying to tell Sony what to do; I'm only bringing to light that they don't realize they are repeating the mistakes of the past, though they claim they aren't. In the end, I'm really just the observer; the man in the crow's nest, trying desperately to warn the captain he is navigating through rocky seas in a route he is convinced he isn't on. The point is - I love my Vita and I want to see it stick around for a while. On its current track though... that seems unlikely unless Sony is willing to swallow their pride and do something drastic.
  7. The Sony-focused fighting game, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, has gone gold today in anticipation of its November 20th release date. With that, the on-disc content is completed and ready for consumers. Now what are developers supposed to do with their free time? Instead of forgetting all about the game and going onto something else they are now working on new characters to release as DLC. Of course! So who are the first to get the DLC treatment? They are Kat from recent Vita hit Gravity Rush and Emmett Graves of Starhawk. This is only an announcement of these characters being worked on as it will still take a while for them to be ready to be played. Still, they have the concepts down for both character's fighting styles. For example, Kat will be able to maneuver in creative ways thanks to her gravity powers and even fight from the sky. Emmett's play style will allow for the "build and battle" mechanics found in Starhawk. How much will the duo cost? When the characters hit PSN, they will be free for the first two weeks. So basically, when this DLC is online early next year anyone who has the game and downloads them quickly will have them at no additional cost. After that, people who missed out on the promotion will have to pay but that fee has not been announced yet. If you're interested in nabbing some free characters then make sure to buy the game before this DLC hits. What characters would you like to see come to PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale?
  8. At this point, it almost seems as if Superbot is powering through the list of characters that were already leaked, as today Heavenly Sword's Nariko and MediEvil's Sir Daniel Fortesque have both been confirmed to be playable characters in Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale. Gamespot had previously posted a gameplay video of the two new characters but the video has now been made private on Youtube. We'll update with pictures and video as soon as Sony makes them public. In the meantime, now that all of the leaked characters have been confirmed, this means that we can finally get on with some (hopefully) brand new character announcements. Crash Bandicoot, the stage is now yours (we hope)...
  9. Only yesterday we were told that Evil Cole McGrath would be joining the roster in Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale, and already Superbot has announced another: Raiden (from the Metal Gear Solid series). Raiden's appearance makes him the 18th character announced so far, and judging from his gameplay video, he looks to heavily based in close range combat with his sword. And as a side note, the Uncharted 3 level that's shown off in his trailer shows that it's also mixed with Bioshock Infinite elements, from the blimp in the background to the Songbird flying directly behind the fighting ground. IGN also reminded that if the leaked list of characters about a month back or so is 100% accurate, there may only be two more characters to be announced: Heavenly Sword“s Nariko and MediEvil“s Sir Daniel Fortesque. Time will tell if they'll be in the game, but so far the evidence has backed this theory up. Perhaps Superbot will throw us a curveball with a surprise Crash Bandicoot reveal sometime before release? What do you think of Raiden's reveal in the game?
  10. Today, Superbot revealed the next character to join the player roster in Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale at the GameStop Managers Show in San Antonio, Texas, and that character is: Evil Cole! If you haven't played the Infamous series yet, Evil Cole is...well, Cole led down the evil path, and his appearance changes to reflect that manner. He harnesses both electrokinesis and pyrokinesis powers and has a much more destructive fighting style than the normal Cole. Evil Cole can attack from afar with bursts of fire and electricity, or attack at close range with incendiary strikes, and can utilize familiar attacks such as the Hellfire Rocket, Tripwire Rocket, and Firebird strike. And if you had to guess, yes, his level 3 special is harnessing the power of The Beast to lay waste to everything on the screen, and his Ionic Drain will absorb the other characters' AP, giving him a headstart next time they respawn. Not bad at all! You'll get your chance at playing Evil Cole firsthand when Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale releases on November 20th. Are you excited that Evil Cole has been announced as a playable character on the roster?
  11. During Gamescom, Sony announced their exciting new Cross Buy promo. Cross Buy offers a free Vita version of a game with a purchase of its PS3 version. PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, Ratchet & Clank: Q-Force, and Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time are all upcoming games that will make use of the Cross Buy promo. Shortly afterwards, Sony Worldwide Studios head Shuhei Yoshida told Famitsu magazine that the promo was confirmed only for Europe, so far. Yoshida quickly clarified that statement through Twitter, though: "PS Vita-PS3 Cross Buy price promo is coming to both Europe and North America. My quote by Famitsu was meant as 'not decided for Japan yet'." That's a relief for us in NA and our fellow gamers in Europe, at least! Here's hoping that those in Japan will get to take advantage of this no-doubt excellent promotion.
  12. Today during Sony's Gamescom conference they shared some big news. We already knew that games like PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale would be receiving both a PS3 and Vita version. What we weren't told until today though is that this will be the first title with "Cross-Buy". Cross-Buy means that if you buy a game that offers it on PS3 then you will be able to net the Vita version for free. Take note that it must be the PS3 version you buy, though, as buying only the Vita game won't give you anything extra. Make sure to remember that if you're thinking of taking advantage of Cross-Buy in the future! Other upcoming PS3 games with Cross-Buy are Ratchet & Clank: Q-Force and Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time. Although it wasn't specifically advertised, the recently released Sound Shapes also granted PS3 purchasers a free version of the game on Vita. More multiplatform games with this bonus will be announced later on. Do you think Cross-Buy is a good deal?
  13. Playstation All Stars Battle Royale's release date is coming up fast. As we approach closer and closer to the release date, more details about the game's story and characters are being revealed. While I'm eagerly anticipating the game's release, I've started to wonder something- just what is this game going to be rated? We've gotten characters from games ranging from E for Everyone all the way up to M for Mature. If it was just the character's themselves then this wouldn't be a problem, but as we all know Playstation All-Stars will have a story mode to worry about. How will some of the more mature characters handle the transition to a more family friendly setting? Out of the twelve characters announced so far, four of them are from M rated games. Sweet Tooth, Kratos, the Big Daddy and Colonel Radec. I'm sure we'll see a few more M-rated characters before the game's release this October, but we'll focus on these ones for now. Colonel Radec probably won't be that big of a deal going into All-Stars seeing as he's just a war nut who will stop at nothing to win. Sweet Tooth Things get more complicated when you get to Sweet Tooth. One of the main characters in the Twisted Metal series, Sweet Tooth was an ice cream truck driver who snapped and murdered most of his family while dressed as a clown. It then became his mission to find his surviving children and kill them too. While dropping him into a T-rated game should work, they'll have to seriously nerf his story if they expect to keep their rating at a T or lower. Kratos Then we have Kratos, killer of Gods, layer of women. Each sequel he starred in was pretty much just an exercise to see how brutally he can kill someone given the newest leaps in technology available to the team that created him. As we've seen from the gameplay trailers, Kratos has been tamed down considerably. At no point will he be pulling off Nathan Drake's head. In fact his story will probably just be about him finding whoever forced him into these fights so he can rip them in half off screen. The Big Daddy Finally we have the Big Daddy. A character who's soul mission in life is to stop people from murdering the children they protect. As far as I know, they don't really do much else other than that. Will the Big Daddy be fighting off Heihachi and Parappa from trying to kill a child? Doubtful, but I'm interested to see how they'll possibly involve that in the story. There's absolutely no doubt in my mind that Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale will not get an M-rating. There's no way it could become Sony's answer to Smash Brothers if it did! But just how will these characters work in a T rated setting? And what if Superbot decides to goes for an E-rating? Only time will tell, but until then I'll be looking forward to even more character reveals. ---------------------------- How do you think Superbot will handle these rather violent characters in a game geared more towards a family friendly crowd? Do you think they'll be pulling punches when it comes to the stories of some of the more insane characters? Why not tell us what you think in the comments below? As always, thanks for reading.