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.

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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.

Discussion

516 comments
Oreo Washington
Oreo Washington

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

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

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.

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.

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...

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

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.

Johnathan Farley
Johnathan Farley

Sad....this game actually does have some depth...but the problems that do plague this game is quite severe. Hopefully...the balance patch brings back life into the game.

Triton
Triton

Slow news day that this is the top story.

jon_bone
jon_bone

Having owned the game and putting decent hours into it, its fun game but there are some things that really would of made it better.

1. A better roster. Do you think of Fat Princess or Toro the Cat when you hear Playstation All-Stars? No, you think of Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, etc. The effort to get those kinds of characters in the game is worth it. Get actual Playstation ALL-STARS!
2. Ring outs. You should be allowed to knocked people off the stage to kill them.
3. Stamina Mode. This should of been the main fighting setting to go along with ring outs. You could still have super moves be auto KOs but now also have regular attacks deplete their health. So its possible that they lose lives this way too. I can't tell you how many times I would build up the ap meter and miss the super move and all that work was for nothing, its a terrible feeling. If there was stamina, pulling these off would be just as gratifying but not feel as bad if you missed.

If things were addressed in a sequel, it would result in a game closer to Smash Bros.'s level and sell a lot better. Give it another go Sony and apply these changes!

PetJel
PetJel

Im this close to just going elsewhere for my news,


These titles have NOTHING to do with journalism. 

Maybe you should write for a teenage gossip magazine instead.

sebetai
sebetai

The game is $20 new right now and I have been wanting to get it for some time now. It looks fun but is the only way to score a knockout through the super meter?

YesSheWill
YesSheWill

This title's price might sky-rocket on Amazon

CyberLips
CyberLips

The title could easily have been "No additional characters for PlayStation All Stars" .

simboes
simboes

No more content, doesn't mean no more support. The servers will still be active and monitored. Hence, support.

Dizzzyness
Dizzzyness

All the characters and backgrounds released as add on's should have been released WITH THE GAME, PSASBR felt sorta empty with only 20 characters and even fewer stages

JachAnen
JachAnen

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

Tails288
Tails288

@Jonathon Hughes Someone obviously hasn't played it.

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.  

Number_1_
Number_1_

@jon_bone The reason why they didn't have ring outs and used super attacks to kill opponents is because they wanted to make the way you play the game and score points to be different than how you do it in super smash bros. The only problem with the game is the roster. I agree, there are a number of famous characters who are missing (like Spyro and Crash) and a few who shouldn't be in the game (like Fat Princess and Toro) Other than that, it's still a great game. 

dadoesch
dadoesch

@PetJel So says the guy with an image of Harley Quinn that appears to have been imagined by a teenage male

tightwad34
tightwad34

@PetJel You can go anywhere you want for news and still drop by here from time to time.

GuillermoX
GuillermoX

@sebetai  

Yes, apart from a pretty rare random item spawn.  The game was designed around this, so it's not like it ruins things.  Once you get used to it its not bad at all.

adkcrazox
adkcrazox

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

jon_bone
jon_bone

@jsmoke03 @jon_bone pretty much; the ap system was lame. if you miss your attack after all that build up it was all for nothing.

aboki808
aboki808

@jsmoke03 @jon_bone  jon, it's ok.. we all make mistakes in our lives, we just have to move on.  Yes, you could be playing smash brothers if you didn't pick that PS3, and maybe your gf would of not left you, your pet hamster might not of committed suicide, and you won't be here defending this abomination while eating a tub of ice cream.  It's ok bro, we're here for ya. 


i kid :3 /trolling off

jon_bone
jon_bone

@aboki808 I owned all the smash bros. btw and smash is way better, i was just suggest ways to make this playstation game better.