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PlayStation All Stars: Battle Royale Announced & Dated

In an announcement that just about the entire internet knew about, Playstation All Stars: Battle Royale was officially revealed last night.  For those of you unfamiliar with the rumors leading up to the title, it’s extremely similar to the Super Smash Bros series.

Last night on GTTV, Superbot Entertainment unveiled their creation to the world along with a few characters.  Levels will all keep a Playstation theme, being comprised of two different universes.  For example, a level was shown featuring Hades from the God of War series and a Patapon army.  As the four players are fighting in the front, you’ll see the two universes interact with one another or even your characters.

At this point, neither Sony or Superbot Entertainment have confirmed the full amount of characters to appear in the title.  However, we’ve listed a few of the confirmed characters from the press release and trailer above.

  • Kratos
  • Sweet Tooth
  • Parappa
  • Fat Princess
  • Colonel Radec
  • Sly Cooper

It was also stated that third-party characters would also make their way into the title, so we would expect the likes of Nathan Drake and others to appear.

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale gives players access to a wide variety of PlayStation characters and ties in the excitement of a four player, full screen brawler.  Players can fight in a variety of configurations, including versus matches for four, team battles, special practice modes, and team up with friends to take on players online.  Online battles will deliver a new set of challenges, including Tournament mode, Special Event Battle, and Custom Matches.  In Tournament, players are matched online to gain experience and special awards.  Special Event Battles allow SuperBot to set match parameters daily, and players earn experience points towards an overall leaderboard based on performance.  Players can also arrange customized matches with their own rules.

Environments and music are drawn from the rich and varied history of PlayStation titles, then thrown together in unique mash ups that showcase each property in a new setting.  The mash up elements will introduce a secondary IP to an existing theme, allowing situations where characters and environments from completely different PlayStation IP can interact during a match.  The in-game music, composed by John King of the Dust Brothers, will also stay true to the mash up theme by incorporating a mix of various IP soundtracks throughout.

In addition to a rich and deep online multiplayer experience, players can engage in several single player modes including Combat Trials and Arcade mode.  In Combat Trials, players not only learn the basics of the game but perfect their skills through hundreds of unique challenges.  Additionally players can play through a fixed level progression with prizes in Arcade mode.

The title is currently on schedule to be released this holiday season.  Anxious to hear more about the game? Don’t worry, it will be playable at E3 2012 which will lead to quite a bit of coverage and impressions on the game.

It’s interesting to see Sony go this route with a title, and the opinion of gamers seems to be rather mixed at this point.  What do you think about the Playstation 3’s upcoming title Battle Royale?  What other characters do you hope to see?  Be sure to let us know what you think by leaving us a comment below, or discuss Battle Royale in our forums.

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