During an exhibition leg of the EVO fighting tournament today, Sony thought it apropos to unveil not one, but two new characters joining their own star-studded fighting title, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. While combatants, like Nathan Drake and BioShock‘s Big Daddy, are considered newcomers to the fighting genre, these two additions are no stranger to laying the smack down.
First up is Toro Inoue (featured in the trailer above), the rather innocuous Japanese mascot for Sony who appears primarily in black and white. While Toro might not be as widely known in the states as overseas, his presence as a Sony representative should be familiar to any fan. Beyond simply serving as an unofficial Sony mascot, Toro also most recently appeared in Street Fighter X Tekken as a playable character, alongside his black cat neighbor Kuro.
In Street Fighter X Tekken, Toro’s fighting style was similar to that of SF‘s Ryu, but we imagine he will be getting a more whimsical portrayal in All-Stars Battle Royale.
Joining Toro on the PlayStation All-Stars roster will also be Heihachi Mishima, the original villain from the Tekken series. As you can guess, Heihachi is no stranger to the fighting game genre, and should be a perfect fit for this game.
Mishima’s storied history as a fighting game villain and icon has made him a perfect foible for downloadable content, but this the first time that he will be taken out of his comfort zone. In addition to rocking a pretty sweet dual-hawk (that’s two Mohawks) our hope is that one of Heihachi’s supers – Battle Royale‘s scoring system relies on kills accrued in one of three super-powered states – will have something to do with the devil gene, and will surely be awesome.
Alongside the two new character announcements Sony also revealed a new stage for All-Stars, titled Dojo. Like the five stages released for the beat-em-up thus far, Dojo is a mash-up of Parappa the Rapper and Killzone with Master Onion’s dojo in the foreground and a walking fortress from Killzone in the background.
Though the assumption was that Sony would be unveiling more additions to the PlayStation All-Stars roster during Comic-Con (they are doing that as well) it appears that they were ready to add a few more names to the list before them. While neither Heihachi nor Toro ranked high on our list of must-have characters, they do feel appropriate in terms of Sony’s history of first and third party franchises.
What other characters do you hope Sony adds to the PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale roster? Which do you think would be perfect for a Comic-Con unveiling?
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale releases October 23, 2012 for the PS3.