PlayStation All-Stars' Latest Level Fuses Heavenly Sword with WipEout
Posted by Sammy Barker
It’s only been a few weeks since Seth Killian shared the very first details about PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale’s DLC – but already developer SuperBot Entertainment has updated with some fresh information. In a post on the PlayStation Blog, game director Omar Kendall revealed that newcomers Kat and Emmett Graves will be joined by a new stage named Fearless. The arena combines the high fantasy feel of Heavenly Sword with the futuristic race tracks of WipEout – and it looks awesome.
“In the short time we’ve been working on it, Fearless has become one of the team’s favourite levels,” Kendall revealed. “The action in Fearless starts out atop a high column supported by gigantic ropes, creating a scene pulled straight from the world of Heavenly Sword. Our players will battle it out on this high column under the watchful eye of the forces of Bohan. It’s a medium-sized space, free of any platforms, and offers some of the most uninterrupted calm you can find in PlayStation All-Stars.”
But that doesn’t last long. “In the distance though, the hum of anti-gravity racing can be heard, and over the course of the match, a familiar floating race materialises,” he continued. “Soon, the battle is interrupted as stray fire from the famous racing ships of WipEout hits the fighting column, and our fighters come crashing down into a new, more vertical part of the level, the race track cutting straight through the fight space. Any fighter unlucky enough to get knocked into the track or in the way of one of these terrific ships will pay the cost – literally – by receiving a hefty AP penalty.”
Kendall also found time to share some fresh information about the two new characters. For beginners, Gravity Rush's Kat doesn’t have a double-jump. Instead, she relies on her Gravity Dash to move around the screen in eight different directions. “This cancellable move affords Kat an unprecedented degree of air mobility and attack potential,” the developer said.
Unsurprisingly, Kat can also use her gravity powers to manipulate her opponents. Her primary Level 1 super sees her leaping towards foes and stealing a giant orb of energy. “As she destroys the orb, her victim explodes,” Kendall added. “If anyone is caught within the resulting blast of energy, they explode too.”
Meanwhile, Emmett Graves takes advantage of Starhawk’s trademark Build and Battle system. At any point during the fight, the character can call for a Supply Bunker to be deployed from orbit. This allows him to switch weapons, with the Aerial M.A.W Rocket Launcher, Tetranite Grenade, Union Shotgun, and R-Secs Proximity Mine up for grabs. Each weapon serves a unique purpose in battle, so you’ll need to think carefully about which strategy you want to adopt.
As for super attacks, well, there was no other option, was there? “Emmett takes control of a Hawk in mech configuration, and is able to chase down his opponents with terrifying machine gun fire and tricky floating mines,” Kendall explained. “And when all else fails, Emmett can transform the Hawk into flight mode and rain down a final hail of bullets that’s tough to survive. It’s an impressive super, befitting of a universe filled with amazing technology.”
You can learn a lot more about the new characters and level through here. In the meantime, don’t forget to feast your eyes on our PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale review for a little more about the main game.