Apr 27, 2012

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Tons of Details on PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale; Coming Holiday 2012

Tons of Details on PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale; Coming Holiday 2012

Rumors and hearsay have kept dreams of a Sony crossover brawler burning brightly these last few months. Freshman studio SuperBot Entertainment has been known to be working on a major PS3 exclusive, but until now, all bets were off and industry lips were tightly sealed concerning the nature of this mysterious game. Let the shroud of uncertainty hang no longer. As revealed by GTTV this morning, SuperBot’s debut title – and the PlayStation 3′s next big blockbuster – is PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale.

In PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, up to four players can duke it out with their favorite PlayStation characters spanning almost two decades of gaming goodness. Kratos, Sweet Tooth, Sly Cooper, PaRappa the Rapper, Fat Princess, and many more will be playable as you unleash special moves dubbed “Supers” to decimate your foes. Battles will take place on stages creatively fashioned after one or more Sony games. For example, while separate stages exist featuring the Hydra from God of War and Megapolis from Ratchet & Clank, a hybrid stage might feature Megapolis stage elements while the Hydra gobbles up Captain Qwark and wreaks havoc from the background. In another featured stage, Hades (again, from God of War) can be seen unleashing shockwave attacks before a small army of Patapon people arrives to pepper players with spears.

Gameplay details are still fairly scarce, but we do have a few things to share. In true Super Smash Bros. fashion, battles in PlayStation All-Stars take place on a 2D plane – however, unlike Smash Bros., opponents cannot be killed via ring-out. Instead, Supers must be used to KO players. Because only one Super can be active on-stage at a given time, and a higher-level Super will counter any currently active one, a risk-reward system arises. Players will have to decide in the heat of battle whether to continue building Energy Points (EP) and unlock higher-level Supers for a KO frenzy or unleash those moves at earlier levels to counter opponents. Either way, it certainly seems like there’s no room for defensive players in this brawler. Each character will have access to three tiers of Supers. Colonel Mael Radec’s Level 3 Super outfits him with a Helghast jetpack before he takes to the skies for first-person shooting. Meanwhile, Sly Cooper’s Supers appear to involve fan favorite cohorts Bentley and Murray in some capacity.

GTTV’s reveal of PlayStation All-Stars featured plenty of information and clues about playable characters and stages (many of which have yet to be revealed). Check out the full breakdown:

  • Kratos’ Blades of Chaos and magic attacks feature heavily in his fighting style. His Supers have been fully detailed. Level 1 is a slow but powerful single-sword slash attack, Level 2 summons a large stationary cyclone, and Level 3 outfits Kratos in the armor of Ares and grants him a completely different moveset.
  • Sandover Village (an early level of Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy) is a playable stage. It will feature flesh-hungry piranhas to punish players who fall into the water below, as well as elements from the Hot Shots Golf franchise.
  • Colonel Mael Radec will fight with a mixture of CQC and long-range shooting with various Helghan weapons. His Level 3 Super causes him to don a jetpack and take to the skies for some first-person shooting of the arena.
  • Sweet Tooth’s moveset and fighting style will showcase and complement his twisted and murderous personality. This includes a 360-degree whirling chainsaw attack, and a Level 3 Super that places him in the mechanized version of his iconic ice cream truck. In this form, Sweet Tooth towers over the competition and deals damage with a minigun and missile launcher.
  • Sly Cooper’s Level 3 Super calls upon the talents of Bentley, who uses his BinocuCom to damage players caught in the camera’s frame.
  • One of Fat Princess’s Supers places her on a chicken mount that can dash back-and-forth across the stage.
  • A stage based on LittleBigPlanet will start as an empty canvas and progressively change and build upon itself in a similar fashion to the LBP series. During the stage’s final phase, game show host Buzz from the Buzz! series will appear and interrupt the battle with trivia questions that test players’ knowledge of PlayStation. How correct or incorrect answers influence the battle is unknown. This stage is called “Dreamscape”.

  • At least two God of War stages will be playable, featuring the Hydra and Hades, respectively.
  • Megapolis from Ratchet & Clank and Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal will also be playable.
  • Stage elements will factor into battles. For example, Hades uses a damaging shockwave attack that can hit players, while the piranhas in Sandover Village will take a bite out of any player who can’t quickly escape the stage’s watery prison.
  • Weapons and items seem to be involved – Sly Cooper and Sweet Tooth can be seen using the same double-sided sword in separate battles.
  • Stage hybrids shown include Hydra + Megapolis, Hades + Patapon, and LittleBigPlanet + Buzz!
  • SuperBot made it clear that All-Stars would likely receive extensive post-launch DLC support.
  • A traditional block will be available to all characters except Sly Cooper, whose stealthy fighting style instead gives him the ability to turn invisible.
  • Various attacks showcased during the reveal include Sly’s teleportation, proximity mines laid by Sweet Tooth, Fat Princess’s mid-air dash attack, and various karate moves employed by PaRappa the Rapper.
  • Six characters have been officially revealed: Kratos, Sly Cooper, Colonel Mael Radec, Fat Princess, PaRappa the Rapper, and Sweet Tooth. SuperBot also emphasized the importance of third-party characters and promised that a variety would feature in the game as well.
  • Online and local multiplayer confirmed for up to four players. Variants include Free-For-All, 1 v 3, and 2 v2 match-ups. It is unclear whether multiplayer can take place with a combination of local and online players.
  • The single-player campaign will feature an “ultimate character” that serves as the game’s final boss, much like Master Hand’s role in Super Smash Bros. Apparently, the character to use for this role was a topic of serious debate for SuperBot. Eventually, the team came together and agreed on a character that they think fans will be both surprised by and pleased with.
  • Possible characters (based on stage inclusion) include Jak, Sackboy, and Ratchet.
  • Sony Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida has confirmed that neither he nor Sony CEO Kaz Hirai will be the final boss of the game.

SuperBot Entertainment has confirmed that PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale will be launching Holiday 2012.

If these details aren’t enough for you, stay tuned to Vivid Gamer in the coming weeks for more on PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale as it unfolds. In the meantime, sound off in the comments and let us know what you think of Sony’s latest PS3 exclusive. Who are you excited to play as? What features and stages would you most like to see? Let us know!