Gamers are just over a month away from getting their hands on SuperBot Entertainment‘s PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, and many fans are eager to see if the game is as much fun to play is it is to speculate about the contents of its roster. Some players have had the privilege of participating in the game’s closed beta for the past few months (the same beta that accidentally leaked Battle Royale‘s roster and levels), and Sony has finally revealed when the beta will become available to other members of the public.

Today PlayStation.Blog announced two dates that various PlayStation 3 users will be able to access the beta for PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. PS Plus members will get to kick the tires of the much-anticipated fighting game beginning October 16th, while the rest of the community can access the beta on October 23rd. Anyone who’s sans a PS Plus account, but happens to own a PS Vita, will be able to download PlayStation All-Stars onto their portable as a special treat for supporting the handheld. The beta is also cross-compatible, so Vita owners will be able to play with anyone playing the beta on their PS3.

Only six characters will be available for use in the beta: Kratos, Sweet Tooth, Colonel Radec, Sly Cooper, PaRappa, and Fat Princess. There will also only be two different stages to choose from (Metropolis and Hades), and two game modes (four-player online tournaments and 2v2 online tournaments) that participants will be able to pick. Fortunately, the 2 v 2 matches will support friend invites, so acquaintances will be able to team up online and deliver some cooperative beat-downs.

PlayStation.Blog also revealed an image featuring all of the bonus costumes that gamers will receive when they pre-order PlayStation All-Stars at participating retailers. The additional costumes cover all 20 of the launch day characters, but aren’t by any means essential to the fighting experience. Still, they are a nice little incentive to encourage gamers to throw down the cash in advance.

The official beta for PS All-Stars Battle Royale will only run until October 30th, so anyone who wanted to try out the game prior to its release should make a point to download the beta before November rolls around. The lack of overall characters and stages available in the beta is a little disappointing, but they should be enough to provide fans with a feel as to how well the final product will turn out.

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale launches on November 20th, exclusively on PlayStation 3 and PS Vita.

Follow me on Twitter @TheRileyLittle.

Source: PlayStation.Blog