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Stop Pleading for New PS All-Stars Characters and Stages

Posted by Sammy Barker

Sony confirms that it's stepping out of the ring

While a slew of leaked concept art recently offered scant hope of new content for PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, platform holder Sony has confirmed that it’s done with the brawler – well, sort of. On the official PlayStation forums, a Sony Santa Monica representative reiterated that there won't be any more characters or stages deployed for the mascot mash-up.

“In the course of any game's development, there are always elements that never quite get finished or the team decides not to use,” the spokesperson explained. “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.”

While the company’s essentially drawing a line under the fighter, it’s still committed to one last balance patch. “This is still in the early stages of research and development,” added the forum post. “Even if everything goes smoothly with the development and implementation, the patch will not be finished until later this fall.”

The firm also plans to launch some new costumes. Fresh threads for Dante, Raiden, Heihachi, and Big Daddy will be released on 27th August in North America as a free download. These were previously pre-order exclusives, but will now be available for everyone to use. In addition, alternate outfits for Zeus and Isaac Clarke will be let loose alongside the aforementioned patch.

And then that really is it. Sony has reiterated on multiple occasions that the game simply did not sell well enough in order to warrant further expansion packs. It’s a shame really, because we thought that beneath the garish menus and awkward roster there was a really, really good fighting game on offer here. Oh well.

[via community.us.playstation.com, eurogamer.net]

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User Comments (15)

Epic

#1

Epic said:

Well atleast they are going to try to balance it one more time characters like Kratos and Dante are a bit OP. IN MY OPINION

Taurus003

#2

Taurus003 said:

So sad... Why don't they just make the rest of the DLC free if they're going to stop...? An eye for an eye yeah?

MadchesterManc

#3

MadchesterManc said:

@Epic Kratos is still OP!? I remember how brutal it was on the Beta when Kratos got going. Still can't beleive he's not been nerfed properly. I was looking at this the other day. £15 new in the shops. Tempting due to its cross-buy/save/play.

ztpayne7

#4

ztpayne7 said:

I really wish they'd release more but I understand that it doesn't make financial sense.

The game just feels incomplete to me without Crash, Cloud, and Spyro.

rjejr

#5

rjejr said:

Add the game to PS+, sell all the DLC.

The game would have sold better w/ Sepiroth as the final boss. Sepiroth in HD (I'm thinking cut scene entrance) w/ his theme song in glorious 5.1 surround sound would have made it a must by for all the FFVII fans.

SuperSilverback

#6

SuperSilverback said:

I cant imagine Spyro being any good at all in a fighting game. Unless he was Crashes level 1 super =P

Last boss should have been a Kaz troll gif!

shingi_70

#7

shingi_70 said:

Only Sony could screw a game that should have been a sure fire hit up. I know they needed something for Holiday 2012, ut the game really should have been delayed to 2013 to be on all three Sony consoles. Plus the UI, character roster, and overall gameplay still needed work.

rjejr

#9

rjejr said:

@get2sammyb - You forgot the ;-) at the end of that last sentence ;-)

Maybe they could have had Polygon Man after Sepiroth? Have you ever played Subspace Emissary in Brawl? That game has like 7 last bosses before the final boss.

Cirno

#10

Cirno said:

Tis a shame.

PS All Stars could have been something big but it was never meant to be.

get2sammybAdmin

#11

get2sammyb said:

@rjejr I have, but I didn't finish it. You're totally right in a sense — Sephiroth should have been in this game. I'm sure they tried to get him, as well as Cloud. Damn legal issues... :(

3Above

#12

3Above said:

Its a terrible shame. It was something fans had been fantasizing about for years and when we finally got it it wasnt what we expected and didnt sell well enough to merit more dlc let alone a sequel. Such a shame...

SuperROBO-1

#13

SuperROBO-1 said:

I always thought they would add characters like Laura Croft, and Asura from Asura's Wrath.

ztpayne7

#14

ztpayne7 said:

@SuperSilverback Spyro actually could have been pretty good. I mean, if they can make a move set that makes sorta sense for parappa, they could easily make Spyro work.

@sammy the only thing wrong with polygon man is that the whole fight is too super easy. Although, I'm sure any respectable sephiroth fight would've been too hard. Special boss only on hard mode?

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