Ever since the initial announcement, All-Stars Battle Royale has been compared to Nintendo’s Smash Bros. franchise and now gamers will finally be able to judge if Sony’s title is deserved of the comparison this fall, as the game finally has a solid release date.

All-Stars Battle Royale will release on October 23rd, 2012 for the PS3 and PlayStation Vita. The game will also support the Vita’s cross platform abilities, allowing those who opt for the portable version to face off against PS3 owners.

In addition to an outright purchase of the game, pre-ordering Battle Royale will net access to alternate costumes for each character in the roster. For example, Kratos’ outfit can be changed to look like his brother Deimos, while Sweet Tooth’s alternate costume is the Sweet Tooth Outcast skin from Starhawk.  The skins below are exclusive to pre-orders, but don’t worry All-Stars will also have plenty of costumes that can be unlocked in-game.

All-Stars Battle Royale Pre Order Bonus

If it wasn’t already clear, the above image does not comprise the entire All-Stars Battle Royale roster, just the characters that have already been revealed. Sony will be unveiling two more characters at SDCC next week, in addition to the two just announced today, with more announcements expected in the coming months. We’re still hopeful that some of our roster suggestions made the cut.

In their blog post, Sony said they will unveil  “pricing for both the PS3 and PS Vita versions” closer to release date. Hopefully, that don’t just mean the price for each version, but an offer that bundles the PS3 and Vita versions. Cross-platform abilities have always been one of the most intriguing aspects of the Vita, however it can be limited as a result of players having to purchase a game twice in order to get full experience. If Sony can offer a “buy both for one price” or “buy one-get-one” deal – though the latter is probably unlikely – they would be able to better promote the Vita’s technology.

If you’re unsure on the upcoming fighter, read our E3 preview.

All-Stars Battle Royale releases October 23rd, 2012 for the PS3 and Vita.

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Source: PlayStation Blog