Sony ends support for PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale

No additional characters will be released for the brawler; balance patch and free skins coming later this year.

Sony’s Santa Monica Studio has confirmed that it has ceased active development for mascot-driven fighting game PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale.

The news, conveyed on the All-Stars blog, confirmed that no additional playable characters or background environments will be released for the game, but that previously exclusive DLC will be made available.

Starting on August 27, players will be able to get their hands on the formerly US-only pre-order skins for Dante, Raiden, Heihachi, and Big Daddy. A balance patch that will tweak player strength, weakness, and functionality is planned for later this year, and will coincide with free costumes for Zeus, as well as Dead Space’s Isaac Clarke.

The game’s new developer confirmed that it is currently exploring issues with title belts being incorrectly awarded, and moving forward, will reset leaderboards on a monthly basis, as well as introduce new community events.

The post also addressed recent rumours about Journey- and Gravity Rush-themed stages, as well as Legend of Dragoon character, Dart, saying that legal barriers may have stopped certain items being implemented in the game.

"In the course of any game's development, there are always elements that never quite get finished or the team decides not to use in the final game. Some of these additional materials from the game’s development phase have been recently released, but unfortunately, these are very far from finished assets and were not included in the final game for a number of production and legal reasons," the statement said.

In February this year, Sony severed ties with the game's original developer, SuperBot Entertainment, which saw the studio lay off part of its team.

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522 comments
kakashihatake19
kakashihatake19

STOP HATING ON THIS GAME ITS NOT SSB ITS ITS OWN TITLE. I have put many hours into it and have a blast playing it. Me and my Gf play it all the time. It was never intended to be SSB but only influenced by SSB

Number_1_
Number_1_

This is a great game, the only problem is there are some characters who are missing and some who really don't need to be in the game (fat princess, toro). I think a sequel will come out on the ps4 they're just going to wait 1 or 2 years from now so they can make some ps4 characters to put in the game

Oreo Washington
Oreo Washington

The Problem Was That They "Didn't Try To Be Like SSB" Lesson Learned

JachAnen
JachAnen

I don't see a problem. The game is awesome.

Number_1_
Number_1_

It's a great game, the only problem is that the roster is missing some characters. Also, they didn't want the game to be exactly like SBB that's why they used a power meter instead of a health meter

tommystockley
tommystockley

Lots of Sony hate here. I have the game, it was a great concept and I hope it gets revisited, but ultimate it was a poorly executed game and should have been in better hands to start with. It severely lacked content and the whole thing looked cheap and unimpressive until you were actually fighting. It just felt cheap.

The menus and everything looked like it came from a bargain bin. The arcade mode was good, but that's all it really has to offer. Sony should have given this to someone else to develop and should have had the balls to give it a more impressive budget.

UltraredM
UltraredM

How is this the top story? This game got slightly above-average reviews and was a complete flop. Who the hell cares.

blackace
blackace

I'm not surprised. The game flopped hard. Then Sony kicks the developer to the curb. lol!! Sony only cares about sales and profits confirmed. At least the servers will stay up a little longer. I'm sure that will be yanked at the end of the year.

adkcrazox
adkcrazox

Sony all they do is copy from Nintendo and Microsoft

adkcrazox
adkcrazox

Look at the playstation move didn't went no where..I got the ps3 but Microsoft is way better.

TheArcade
TheArcade

Sony coming up with it's own Smash Brothers is about as absurd as Microsoft coming up with it's own Smash Brothers. It was doomed to fail from day one.

TheArcade
TheArcade

@neon_ace @TheArcade  Disagree slightly. At least Microsoft would use Killer Instinct fighters like Fulgore and Orchid who are badass.

nousername66
nousername66

Must be a slow news week when this is the top story since Monday, does anyone care?

Jonathon Hughes
Jonathon Hughes

Cringe worthy, Obvious Smash Bros copy. Just have to look at the stages and gameplay.

Tails288
Tails288

@Jonathon Hughes Someone obviously hasn't played it.

zzamaro
zzamaro

Those comments prove haters don't bother to read the whole thing. They would've realized the title is misleading.

megakick
megakick

Drop  it like it's not! This why I don't want to buy PS4. Sony will rave about a project then drop support...

kb8618
kb8618

@megakick they probably have a new one in the works so why make chump change adding characters and backgrounds, and also loosing sales of the next game because it doesn't add anything new.  Any developer would do the same.  It also doesn't sound like the online portion is being shut down so i don't get why you are complaining.  

Marky360
Marky360

So there planning new costumes an patching the game yet Gamespot calls this them abandoning the game? Yea way go GS just as WRONG as usual.

aboki808
aboki808

now a matter of time before super bot entertainment gets closed.

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

I remember when the cows claimed this was a smash brothers killer... nope. I also remember the many halo killers that would kill halo for good... nope.  Oh well. there's always the next big 'killer' game.

AK_the_Twilight
AK_the_Twilight

This game should've been better. It really, REALLY should've been better.

WICGuardian
WICGuardian

I can't wait for this game to come out!!!.....wait what?!

ScreamDream
ScreamDream

The Gamespot troll editors are back with a misleading title.

Serpentes420
Serpentes420

This was not a terrible game, but it had a fundamental flaw in its gameplay mechanics in that the only way to KO your opponents was charging your meter nad then doing a super move, it made the game much less hectic and fun than SSB

Number_1_
Number_1_

The reason why they didn't use a health meter was because they didn't want the game to be exactly like SBB. And if you want to make the game more hectic than just play the mode where everyone has lives instead of the time limit

Hellsign Martinez
Hellsign Martinez

This game could do way better to sad they don't want to support it no more

mr_squibble
mr_squibble

I never played this and still don't feel like I'm missing anything.

D-Ripp
D-Ripp

Fuckn Isaac needs to get his fuckn saw taken away other than that Cole is beast 

Riddick123
Riddick123

Title needs to be changed.  Makes it sound like the game is done.  Should be, Sony no longer creating more characters and backgrounds....derp.