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Pre-Order Bonuses and Release Date for PlayStation All-Stars

Cristian Cardona's Avatar + Posted by Cristian Cardona on Jul 06, 2012 // Associate Product Marketing Manager, Software Marketing

It’s only been a few weeks since E3, and the Internet has been set ablaze with anticipation for PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale! We announced new fighters Nathan Drake and Big Daddy, and that PlayStation All-Stars will have a PlayStation Vita release when it launches later this year – so you’ll be able to take the battle with you on the go, or experience cross-platform matches against your friends whether you’re playing on PS3 or PS Vita.

We’ve been thrilled to hear all of the great responses to the news about the game so far, and have been reading all of your questions and comments on the blogs and forums. While we’ll get to answering all of them soon enough, today we’re going to be answering a couple of the more popular ones: “Why pre-order?” and “When is the game coming out?”

Aside from making sure you’ve got a copy on day one, pre-ordering will snag you an exclusive set of costumes for all of the characters in the game! Here are the outfits for the roster so far, but be sure to check back in with us later when we unveil them all.

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale Pre-Order Costumes

We’ve revealed eight characters already, but you’ll have to wait until our announcement later today to see who else will be in the ring. We will be unveiling two new characters during our Exhibition Presentation at EVO in Las Vegas this evening at 6:00pm PST. So if you’re in town for the tournament, stop by and check us out or tune in to the PS.Blog for more information.

When the game launches, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to unlock multiple costumes for each character, but these exclusive costumes will only be available if you pre-order. And yes, they’ll be available right when you start playing the game!

I’ll leave you with one last update: PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale will be launching on October 23rd, 2012! We’ll have plenty more details on the game — including pricing for both the PS3 and PS Vita versions — soon enough, but we wanted to give you a date to mark on your calendars. Be sure to head over to a participating retailer to reserve your copy today!

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+ dugumpfert on July 6th, 2012 at 2:50 pm said:

Any chance we will see a certain blue Hedgehog? :)


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+ S-A-Z-A-R on July 6th, 2012 at 3:08 pm said:

Looking ford ti this game already have it pre-ordered. I m also likining the idea of cross-over gameplay with Vita. As for characters in the game, I like it so far. I just hope you guys are planning to bring alot DLC characters to the list.


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+ DrZoidberg27 on July 6th, 2012 at 3:17 pm said:

So a few questions:

- is the blue flame costume asked on anything, or just a cool design?
- are all the characters shown so far available from the start?
- why more than 10 characters? Seems like most people are happy to just have 1 :)


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+ C_Dalke on July 6th, 2012 at 3:19 pm said:

It’s going to take a lot more than some costumes to get me excited for this game. The whole “super attacks are the only thing that matter” mechanic seems absurdly dumb. If you are going to copy Super Smash Bros., then why not copy all of it?


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+ getemlionheart on July 6th, 2012 at 3:22 pm said:

Why do you people assume there are only 10 characters? That’s nonsense, so how about using a little common sense when reading the article. Also the developers have said they will be announcing characters all the way up until the games release. And one more thing i feel the moderater should know an tell sony is this, ON THE ENTIRE INTERNET, ON EVERY GAMING WEBSITE, IN EVERY COMMENT SECTION, THE MOST WANTED CHARACTERS ARE MAINLY FROM SQUARE ENIX’S PS1 AN PS2 DAYS, SUCH AS KINGDOM HEARTS AND FINAL FANTASY CHARACTERS, SUCH AS CLOUD, SORA, SEPHIROTH, RIKU, LIGHTNING AND AURON,BUT HONESTLY ANY AND ALL FF CHARACTERS WOULD BE AN AWESOME ADDITION!!!! So yeah the majority of gamers are begging for these characters from square enix!!!! OOH an 1 more thing yall should look into PYRAMID HEAD to,(from silent hill) that would be an AWSOME surprise!!!


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+ digeythedog on July 6th, 2012 at 3:27 pm said:

Will Kevin Butler be in the game? Any plans for any real world celbs to be in thier? or even the girl in Beyound: Two Souls?


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+ getemlionheart on July 6th, 2012 at 3:28 pm said:

SONY ON THE ENTIRE INTERNET, ON EVERY GAMING WEBSITE, IN EVERY COMMENT SECTION, THE MOST WANTED CHARACTERS ARE MAINLY FROM SQUARE ENIX’S PS1 AN PS2 DAYS, SUCH AS KINGDOM HEARTS AND FINAL FANTASY CHARACTERS, SUCH AS CLOUD, SORA, SEPHIROTH, RIKU, LIGHTNING AND AURON,BUT HONESTLY ANY AND ALL FF CHARACTERS WOULD BE AN AWESOME ADDITION!!!! So yeah the majority of gamers are begging for these characters or any characters from square enix, including me!!!! OOH an 1 more thing yall should look into PYRAMID HEAD to,(from silent hill) that would be an AWSOME surprise!!! p.s. LONG LIVE PLAY!!!!!!!!!!!


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+ zmankiller777 on July 6th, 2012 at 3:41 pm said:

Alex Mercer, and Cole mcgrath. I know plenty of people who want to see this.


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+ deltakong on July 6th, 2012 at 3:43 pm said:

fyi, best buy leaked the release date weeks ago


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+ GRG89 on July 6th, 2012 at 3:44 pm said:

Hope they allow Custom Soundtrack and no locked dlc characters.


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+ xClayMeow on July 6th, 2012 at 3:48 pm said:

I don’t currently own a Vita, but currently plan on buying the AC3 Bundle in October. Are there any plans to have a Battle Royale Vita Bundle? If so, would I miss out on the pre-order bonus costumes by getting that?

Thanks in advance, Christian.


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+ papolatte on July 6th, 2012 at 3:50 pm said:

Haven’t seen any mention of this, but I figure that I may as well ask.

1. If I buy a digital copy of the game on my PSN account, will it work on both my PS3 and my PS Vita; or would I have to instead buy a digital copy for both my PS3 and my PS Vita?

2. If I do have to buy two separate copies of the game for my console and handheld, will there be any special bundles where you can buy the PS Vita version with the PS3 version for a slightly reduced cost?


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+ Burmecian_Rat on July 6th, 2012 at 4:17 pm said:

Crash Bandicoot was the mascot of the Playstation brand originally. Without him, the lineup seems empty.

Also, the Playstation mascot in Japan is Toro the Cat, who is already playable in Street Fighter X Tekken. I suspect he’ll be announced next.


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+ Amarc400 on July 6th, 2012 at 4:22 pm said:

I hope the game will be good !


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+ raven18 on July 6th, 2012 at 4:26 pm said:

Are we still able to make suggestions for certain characters and stages to make it on the first roster?


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+ jezuzboy97 on July 6th, 2012 at 4:39 pm said:

I do think you guys should include Kevin Butler as a pre-order bonus, as I think it will encourage more to pre-order. Also, I was planning on buying the AC3 Vita bundle in October like #209, but if you guys make a PSASBR Vita bundle, I will most definitely buy that instead. Some characters I would like to see:

Cole McGrath
Lightning
Ratchet
Kevin Butler (pre-order bonus)

Another suggestion, if an entire Kevin Butler character is not possible: make him a costume for Nathan Drake!


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+ MillerWireless on July 6th, 2012 at 4:42 pm said:

Im wondering if they will put Crash in Allstars. This is going to be interesting.


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+ ururler on July 6th, 2012 at 4:44 pm said:

No particular order (tho I sorta tried)
1. Crash Bandicoot
2. Syro The dragon
3. Sir Daniel Fortesque
4. Cole Mcgrath
5. Solid Snake
6. A Final Fantasy character
7. Assassins Creed character
8. A Chimera from Resistance

hm..
Ratchet and Clank or Jak and Daxter wouldn’t be bad either

I’ll be surprised if at least one of the characters you reveal tonight isn’t one I listed.

Anyway.. A message to superbot, if you get the chance to read this I want you to know that this isn’t super smash bros.- your making a more hardcore fighting game, your target audience (at least if you want to be successful) Is gonna be one a lot less casual, so by saying this i’m hoping for a full retail release, by this I mean I want the game to be released at $60 and not marketed like a playstation move/ HD collection game at $40.

… And… just so you know, If your going to go ahead with making a PS themed brawler (something we all know everyone’s wanted and been waiting for) you have to do it right, by overdelivering. this means taking peoples expectations and going above and beyond them – this is the only way your going to get respect from the intelligent gamers who are interested but who can also smell a cop out.


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+ Prophet_Magus on July 6th, 2012 at 4:50 pm said:

Are you guys allowed to put snake in this since he was in brawl? Going to be honest here, I hope you don’t even if you can, snake was already in a game exactly like this so you should make all these characters fresh to play as. Also here’s hoping that you put Max from dark cloud 2 in! That would be awesome


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+ StarFoxMania on July 6th, 2012 at 4:55 pm said:

what #19 said, Nariko ftw


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+ sovietprince on July 6th, 2012 at 4:59 pm said:

Hope you can answer to at least some of these
1) will there be patches to balance gameplay after the release?
2) What do you think of a stamina mode where each characters start off with a bar of health and in order to ko them you have to deplete the bar then kit them with a super, the stamina bar would not refill untill death or item? That way there is a middle ground between have a hp bar and killing with super that will work and be fun.
3) do you all recognize the importance to have crash bandicoot and spyro in this game not only for demand but importance to the playstation history, do you think this could be a sony allstars with one of the bigger characters missing?
4) one other concern I had is the lack of death animation, when you ko a opponet they just seem to zap off screen will that be changed because I like to see some reaction from the character when I perform my devastating ko attack.
5) some worry that the lighting is dull do you see that as a problem?
6) will there be plenty of unlocks and character unlocks?
7) will there be a vita and ps3 bundle soon so I can preorder it?


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+ AnimeKing001 on July 6th, 2012 at 5:02 pm said:

Put Cole, Lightning Farron, and Sora!


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+ OmegaSpear on July 6th, 2012 at 5:16 pm said:

Are you guys at least trying to make this game appeal to the japanese audience? Put some japanese characters in there!, like Dart (Legend of dragoon), Wander (Shadow of the colossus), Kat (Gravity rush) or Cloud (FFVII)


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+ TacticsPrecise on July 6th, 2012 at 5:18 pm said:

An important question that hasn’t been answered yet…

Hopefully you guys are aware of the DLC debacle that happened with Capcom vs. Tekken (just ask Seth Killian if you aren’t aware). Since then, Capcom indicated they will change their ways, and Namco came out early and said that there will be no DLC characters sold for Tekken Tag Tournament 2. The producer of the next Dead or Alive game said something similar.

Can you promise us that if you sell DLC, that it will NOT be extra characters? For fighters, it would be terrible if you do because it disrupts the balance in tournies (those who paid for DLC and have experience with them vs. those who haven’t). Usually, DLC characters are banned, and that’s not a good way to start off a new franchise.

Ask gamer at Evo this weekend if they wouldn’t mind paying for DLC characters. They will ALL tell you not to do it. Sell costumes and stages instead.


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+ Blkninja914 on July 6th, 2012 at 5:41 pm said:

Will this game have a custom soundtrack feature? Bascially the ability to play my music that is stored on my PS3′s harddrive during actual offline gameplay.


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+ Blkninja914 on July 6th, 2012 at 5:44 pm said:

Will the PS3 version of the game have a custom soundtrack feature? Bascially the ability to play my music that is stored on my PS3′s harddrive during actual offline gameplay.


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+ OmniStalgic on July 6th, 2012 at 5:44 pm said:

I know you guys were at Evo with a demo of the latest build and interviewing. I missed you guys segment on the live stream but am really interesting in the title. Is it possible to get that video coverage on the blog? Or even a link would be nice…

also, when are you gonna have a Q&A with some fighting game fans, there’s a ton of questions I have about the combat system, team play, and the overall feel of the combos in the title.


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+ TyphonUSA on July 6th, 2012 at 6:00 pm said:

too funny, people see this an automatically think 10 charas for the game.
I feel bad for Sony, who woulda thought people were soo stupid.


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+ oMEMKU on July 6th, 2012 at 6:18 pm said:

any chance to see medievil on this game?


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+ SHINSPIKES on July 6th, 2012 at 6:28 pm said:

Just saw the 2 new additions from EVO.. OMG, love it. Love them both. Great choice.


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+ SHINSPIKES on July 6th, 2012 at 6:33 pm said:

Also loving the new parrapa level.


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+ blakseed on July 6th, 2012 at 6:37 pm said:

lol at the first comments thinking there will be just 10 fighters in the game. Wow.


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+ SHINSPIKES on July 6th, 2012 at 6:51 pm said:

I tried paying attention to the parappa level, is there environmental hazards in there? Couldn’t see. Hope there is.


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+ Stratos671 on July 6th, 2012 at 6:58 pm said:

I guess the reason why people are assuming that there would only be ten characters is because October is not too far away and we’ve only seen a select few fighters. There are a lot of potential candidates for this game and I do not want to be disappointed by the lack of characters(fighters).
(I also hope that beloved characters are NOT in the game only the be seen in the background merely as a cameo; for example, TOMBA fighting pigs in the background, or something)
I cannot wait to hear MORE character announcements during the coming months.


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+ LIZZ1ER0SE on July 6th, 2012 at 7:22 pm said:

Allow me to explain this situation with a simple analogy: Buying a new IP, modern fighting game is like buying your first box of mixed-flavour chocolate (just drop the forrest gump jokes, they’re already lame). You open the box, maybe try 4-5 or maybe all of them, but usually you end up with one or two favourites. Back to gaming, this also explains why capcom or namco usually brag about number of in-game characters in their fighting games prior to release dates. With a huge roster of characters, one or two of them should “fit-in” with the player, which is important especially for online multiplayer.

Now here’s the problem: You’re asking us today to preorder this fighting game, but gave little information regarding even the number of playable characters. Showing eight characters and two “?” characters (now confirmed as heihachi mishima and toro inoue?) and telling us to preorder this game is a pretty risky move. So why the secrecy? Historically “More (characters) are coming” in a fighting game usually means DLCs and DLCs usually translate as partly paid-for contents. I honestly hope this game will be a success but I certainly do not want this game to be another ridge racer vita.


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+ PlayerVersusMe on July 6th, 2012 at 8:58 pm said:

Don’t usually post but I just had to post a real quick rant.

Why the heck do companies keep trying to milk money with costumes, I’m sick and tired of it, why can’t you guys just make actual DLC like arenas/ characters instead of stupid costumes nobody wants? It’s stuff like this that makes me change my decision on purchasing a game…

I know this is just a pre-order bonus not DLC, but I noticed stupid costumes were the bonus and it kind of ticked me off.


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+ SPC-AR on July 6th, 2012 at 9:08 pm said:

Some of the characters I’d want to see, I really don’t have to say them since it’s been mentioned on more than enough occasions but here are some I’d suggest to also add that probably isn’t mentioned much and that’s Sonic (Maybe even Tails as well) and Mega Man.

At least I’m glad they are acknowledging that a bundle deal would be very desirable for people such as myself who has both the PS3 and PS Vita. You got to admit that would be one way to gain some extra publicity. Heck, at the very least, a buy 1 get one free deal could be used as an extra pre-order bonus. Even better would be to price that deal at $40. OK, OK, I’ll stop dreaming.


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+ nuwaus on July 6th, 2012 at 9:50 pm said:

Is this a online multiplayer only game? Really I don’t get the whole idea.


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+ Elvick_ on July 6th, 2012 at 10:44 pm said:

PLEASE have one of the in-game costumes for Fat Princess be the Blue Princess’ design. She’s so left out. The story mode followed the ‘Red’ princess (she wears pink, but it’s the red team). I love the Blue Princess, and overall her design isn’t *that* different from the Red one, so it’s not like it would be too difficult to change a few things around to reflect her.

And Kat please.


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+ Elvick_ on July 6th, 2012 at 10:44 pm said:

Referring to the ‘story mode’ in Fat Princess btw.


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+ Elvick_ on July 6th, 2012 at 10:49 pm said:

@226: Amen.

Baffles the mind how people can’t figure out the most simple things. Then again, it’s not surprising. Look at all the people who ask questions about stuff, that the articles on here already answered. If people can’t even bother to read, they can’t be expected to be smart either.


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+ cjmp on July 6th, 2012 at 11:53 pm said:

The people I’d like to see in this game are Crash, Spyro, Emmett Graves, Joe Mauer (YES, Joe Mauer but only because he was on back to back covers of MLB the Show), and other characters from non playstation games like Sonic, Knuckles and Shadow. Nintendo did the same thing when they got Sonic, Knuckles, Shadow and Solid Snake in Smash Bros, so I dont see why PS All Stars couldnt do the same or at least as DLC characters. They are terrific fighters that would fit perfectly with this game. And Emmett Graves is going to go down as one of the greatest video game characters in one of the most under rated story modes in video game history. A must have.


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+ iTofuMan on July 7th, 2012 at 12:45 am said:

@ 239 Elvick_

You assume everyone know the information you know. Again like i said before you need to realize not everyone is update on news for this game, or might be new completely. Had i know nothing of this game, based on the picture along one can assume this game only had a small number of characters. plus its not that farfected as you think. i mean do you do games had as little as 3-5 characters right? granted those are older games, but still a fighter game is a fighter game and their roster was small, so any game can have as many characters as they please. Its sad to see people like you bashing/hating on others just for asking a simple question who probably know little to no information about the game.


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+ TriForceElf on July 7th, 2012 at 9:02 am said:

I’m still asking for Croc.
Nobody remembers him ]:
Him and Crash were my fave platforming characters from the PSone.
Or even better yet, give me some Team Buddies in there somewhere!


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+ Farmer-Willis on July 7th, 2012 at 12:14 pm said:

I like this. But needs more Yakuza…..Like Nathan Drake in a Shun Akiyama suit…that would be nice.


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+ Farmer-Willis on July 7th, 2012 at 12:17 pm said:

Well not a Shun Akiyama suit (that would be creepy) But Akiyama’s suit. Imagine Nathan Drake with slightly long hair and a nice suit…..


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+ Farmer-Willis on July 7th, 2012 at 12:18 pm said:

That would be nice….


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+ MeganiX on July 7th, 2012 at 1:46 pm said:

I want to see Kurt Hectic from MDK.
Lots of cool ann fun stuff there can be done with this characters moves.
World’s most smallest Nuclear Explosion, World’s Most Interesting Bomb etc..


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+ hudapak on July 7th, 2012 at 3:42 pm said:

This game has piqued my curiosity and will be pre-ordering it. Although, there’s too much testosterone in the line-up, I’m hoping there would be more female characters in the game. I would definitely want to see some if not all of these ladies: Nariko from Heavenly Sword, Lightning from Final Fantasy XIII, Madison Paige from Heavy Rain, Shizuka from Genji, Ellen from Folklore, Claire Redfield from RE2/ RE Code: Veronica, Regina from Dino Crisis, and Catwoman from Arkham City. =D


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+ KGH on July 7th, 2012 at 4:07 pm said:

Hey, if you guys add spyro the dragon, make sure you make it look like the original character, not that wierd retarded lizardversion they have in the reboots T_T


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