PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale

PS3, PSVITA / Fighting / Release: Nov 20, 2012 / ESRB: T

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PlayStation All-Stars unleashes 'Ultimate Balance Update'

PlayStation All-Stars unleashes 'Ultimate Balance Update'

It hasn't been all punches and sunshine for PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale since it released back in late 2012. But in spite of layoffs, a divorce from its original developer, and the numerous shakeups at SCEA Santa Monica, Sony's mascot-based fighter is still standing and ready to go another round with a brand new balance patch for both the PS3 and Vita versions.

Watch: A trailer full of improvements »

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PlayStation All-Stars getting Dead Space's Isaac Clarke, and God of War's Zeus

PlayStation All-Stars getting Dead Space's Isaac Clarke, and God of War's Zeus

Sony is moving forward with PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale downloadable content, now sans SuperBot. Next month, the game will add two new characters: engineer-turned-badass Isaac Clarke from Dead Space, and god-turned-terrible-father Zeus from God of War (and Greek mythology).

Read more: Unfinished Swan and MediEvil mash-up stage »

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Sony cuts ties with SuperBot, developer starting 'next chapter'

Sony cuts ties with SuperBot, developer starting 'next chapter'

Sony has officially ended its agreement with PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale developer SuperBot Entertainment, putting the future of both the studio and game in question. This comes just a week after the developer was hit with layoffs.

Read more: Future DLC to be handled by Santa Monica studio »

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PlayStation All-Stars developer incurs layoffs

PlayStation All-Stars developer incurs layoffs

SuperBot Entertainment, the developer behind PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, suffered an unspecified number of layoffs late last week. A statement from Sony confirmed the layoffs and restated its intent to support the game with post-launch content.

Read more: Superbot and SCEA 'remain committed to supporting' PASBR »

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PlayStation All-Stars DLC begins in February, free for limited time

PlayStation All-Stars DLC begins in February, free for limited time

The first batch of DLC for PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale is coming February 12th. The initial add-on will expand the roster by two, and will introduce a brand new stage.

As previously reported, the DLC adds two combatants: Gravity Rush's Kat and Starhawk's Emmett. Kat can bend gravity to allow her to dash, slide, and fly from one place to another. Emmett offers “Build & Battle” gameplay from Starhawk, calling down different structures to aid him in battle.

Watch: Kat and Emmett show off their moves »

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All-Stars Battle Royale dev recruiting for more PlayStation mash-ups

All-Stars Battle Royale dev recruiting for more PlayStation mash-ups

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale developer SuperBot Entertainment is recruiting for what seems to be another game in the franchise. A job listing at the Sony studio hints that whatever it's working on, it involves mashing up various PlayStation franchises once again.

Read more: Responsible for bringing together franchises »

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PlayStation All-Stars getting Heavenly Sword/Wipeout level

PlayStation All-Stars getting Heavenly Sword/Wipeout level

Sony's mascot mash-up makes its bones on watching familiar characters beat the polygons out of each other, and the crossover stages accent the experience. Included with the free DLC characters coming to PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale is a brand new stage.

Read more: Heavenly Sword interrupted by Wipeout racers »

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PlayStation All-Stars gets Robot Chicken treatment

PlayStation All-Stars gets Robot Chicken treatment

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale makes its bones on mashing up disparate Sony properties and making them fight for your amusement. The Adult Swim show Robot Chicken does much the same thing, only with action figures. So it makes a certain kind of sense that the two crossovers would themselves cross over, resulting in last night's very niche advert.

Watch: Teaser clip for full short »

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Weekend Confirmed 140 - PlayStation All-Stars, Wii U

Weekend Confirmed 140 - PlayStation All-Stars, Wii U

Just in time to confirm your Thanksgiving weekend, Garnett Lee, Jeff Cannata, and Andrew Yoon are joined by Sony Santa Monica's Ariel Angelotti and Seth Killian. Our guests talk up their newly released game, PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale, and offer some revealing insights on how the game was made. Fighting guru Seth explains his love for smash-type games, and explains exactly why fighting games should be excited for PlayStation's brawling mash-up. Then, Andrew talks about his lengthy hands-on with Wii U, and explains how he's warming up to Nintendo's unique GamePad. We throw in some football and some Last Story in there as well, so grab some stuffing and listen to this holiday Weekend Confirmed.

Listen: Weekend Confirmed Episode 140 »

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PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale review: a small tribute

PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale review: a small tribute

We've said it before, and we'll say it again: PlayStation All-Stars is not Smash Bros. Thanks to the rather unique decision of making KOs achieved exclusively through special attacks, Battle Royale plays quite differently from Nintendo's mascot brawler. Still, comparisons are inevitable because there just aren't too many other first-party developed 2D mash-up fighters out there.

Most importantly, Sony's approach is far more technical than Nintendo's. In fact, the game is more Marvel vs. Capcom than Smash Bros. Each character handles very differently, and requires learning entirely different move sets. A fighting mainstay like Heihachi has 35 different moves at his disposal, discounting combos, but the seemingly accessible Sackboy has 34 moves up his sleeves. Devil May Cry's Dante is one of the most complex characters in the game, with 22 unique combos he can perform.

Read more: Deep combat system, but no worthwhile single-player »

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PlayStation All-Stars getting free Gravity Rush, Starhawk DLC

PlayStation All-Stars getting free Gravity Rush, Starhawk DLC

Sony has announced the first additional characters coming to PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. While much of the game pays homage to classic mascots from Sony's deep bench, these two are both from more recent games that have only come out in the last year: Kat from Gravity Rush and Emmett Graves from Starhawk. Both are set to hit early next year.

Read more: Free for first two weeks »

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PlayStation All-Stars wasn't always a fighting game

PlayStation All-Stars wasn't always a fighting game

A little known fact about the PlayStation 3: it can support seven controllers, although we can't think of a single game that's taken advantage of this rather unique feature. When I spoke with Omar Kendall, director of the upcoming PlayStation All-Stars, I asked why his game didn't support more than four players. Given there's no need for split-screen, it seems like a perfect candidate to be PS3's defining seven-player game. He didn't answer my question, but did offer a rather odd tidbit about the game's development.

Read more: Inspired by soccer »

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PlayStation All-Stars mashes up an intro trailer

PlayStation All-Stars mashes up an intro trailer

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale is less than two weeks away, and Sony has kept the wagon train of new trailers a-rolling with a look at the intro released today. The opening cinematic teases its various franchise mash-up characters, and teases the final boss.

Watch: The opening cinematic »

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Sony reveals live-action PlayStation All-Stars ad

Sony reveals live-action PlayStation All-Stars ad

Sony has been teasing something all week with three short snippet ads entitled The Reload, The Arrival and The Aftermath. It was all apparently leading up to this: a live-action ad for PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, made by the creators of the ingenious Michael ad.

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PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale public beta begins tomorrow

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale public beta begins tomorrow

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale is a curious bird, Sony's own stab at the formula of Nintendo's cross-over punch frenzy Super Smash Bros. series. PlayStationeers will get to try it for themselves from tomorrow, when the multiplayer open beta launches for everyone on Vita and PS Plus members on PS3. It'll open up to everyone else on PS3 next week, on October 23.

Watch: A peek at the beta »

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