Prickly character

As speculated, failed marketing mascot Polygon Man will represent the final boss in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. The infamous face – who was supposedly derided by platform father Ken Kutaragi in the brand's early days – is glimpsed at the end of the game’s stylish intro movie, which is embedded below.

Polygon Man was designed by Sony Computer Entertainment America in order to promote the original PlayStation. Rumour has it that when he was spotted by Ken Kutaragi, the luminary went absolutely ballistic. The problem with the mascot – aside from him being plastered all over Sony’s 1995 E3 booth – was that he wasn’t Gouraud shaded, a technology that the platform holder was trying to push at the time. Kutaragi’s tirade killed the character on the spot, which makes him the perfect antagonist for a game all about successful PlayStation superstars.

The intro itself – aside from the big boss reveal – is super satisfying, too. It shows all 20 of the title’s fighters battling it out in an XMB-esque otherworld. The mascot mash-up has now gone gold, which means that it’s ready for manufacturing ahead of its 20th November release date in North America. We’re excited, how about you?