There’s no denying the appeal of pitting all-star mascots from PlayStation against one another, and the much anticipated PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale will allow PS3 and Vita owners the ability to do just that. SuperBot Entertainment has been hard at work building up an epic roster filled with recognizable Sony-owned characters (as well as a few third-party favorites), but everyone who’s been following the game’s development so far still has a sizable wish list of well-known mascots that they hope will make an appearance.
Unfortunately, Sony has confirmed that the twenty characters confirmed so far will make up the entirety of All-Star Battle Royale‘s on-disc roster.
PlayStation Blog’s Sid Shuman was recently asked by a follower on Twitter whether or not there would be more characters joining those that have already been revealed. To everyone’s surprise, Shuman answered the question by stating that Sony had already “revealed the full launch lineup of characters” in Battle Royale.
@Batman_B3yond We have revealed the full launch lineup of characters
— Sid Shuman (@sidshuman) September 28, 2012
It’s interesting to note the way Shuman phrased his answer, as it alludes to the inevitable addition of downloadable fighters. If this is the case, then it’s obvious that Sony has planned on selling roster additions since the title was first conceived — an ingenious way to make a profit off of people who want a chance to pummel friends and foes alike as their favorite characters.
The final roster that’s scheduled to ship with PS All-Stars Battle Royale will consist of the following characters:
- Big Daddy
- Cole MacGrath
- Colonel Radec
- Evil Cole MacGrath
- Fat Princess
- Heihachi Mishima
- Jak and Daxter
- Nathan Drake
- PaRappa the Rapper
- Ratchet and Clank
- Sir Daniel Fortesque
- Sly Cooper
- Sweet Tooth
What makes this news bizarre is that the voice actor for Metal Gear Solid‘s Snake, David Hayter, has already had his involvement with the project confirmed for months. Meanwhile, Kat from Gravity Rush seemed like another very real possibility after an alleged screenshot of the gravity shifting protagonist was leaked online. Fans may have had their fingers crossed for the inclusion of either character, but it’s sad to note that two of the most desired characters, Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon, are absolutely nowhere to be seen.
Downloadable fighters are almost definitely en route for PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, so all hope is not lost for the inclusion of some big name characters, but the appeal of this Smash Bros-inspired fighting game will depend solely on how much each in-game fighter will retail for on the PlayStation Network. Regardless, it’s hard not to be disappointed by Battle Royale‘s roster size when Cole MacGrath makes up 10% of all the initial “launch lineup of characters.”
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale will launch on November 20th, exclusively for PS3 and PS Vita.
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