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First PlayStation All-Stars DLC: Kat and Emmett Join the Battle Royale (For Free!)

Seth Killian's Avatar + Posted by Seth Killian on Nov 15, 2012 // Lead Game Designer, Sony Santa Monica Studio

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale: Kat

What? Me again? Wasn’t I just here to let you know that PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale had gone gold?

Have you ever wondered what dev teams do after a game goes gold? If all is going well, often times they get down to business with DLC. And in fact that’s exactly what we have begun. I’m here today to announce the first DLC characters that will be joining the All-Stars roster: Kat from Gravity Rush, and Starhawk‘s Emmett Graves!

In addition to the signature weapons you’ll remember from his duels with the Outcasts on Dust, Emmett’s playstyle will also utilize Starhawk’s unique “Build and Battle” system, calling down help from the sky.

Kat’s approach turns gravity on its head with some mind-bending new ways to move as she positions herself for her unique brand of aerial assault. Together, they make up one of the most original duos in All-Stars.

These DLC All-Stars still have a long way to go before they’re ready to be shown off, but we wanted to let you know what the team will be working on now that we’ve gone gold with the main game, and that you can look forward to playing them… for free!

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale: Emmett

Yes, you heard that right. We’re very happy to announce these first two DLC characters will be free to everyone for the first two weeks once they are available for download early next year.

That may sound a little tricky, so let me be clear: once Kat and Emmett are finished, we’ll put them up for download. They’ll be totally free for two weeks. The only limit is that you have a two-week window to claim the characters. Once you have Kat and Emmett, they are yours forever. That may sound like a lot to remember, so don’t worry, we’ll be back closer to their release to remind you of all these details.

Everyone at SuperBot, Bluepoint, and Santa Monica Studio has tried hard not only to make a great game, but also to keep the fans very firmly in mind, offering the most we can wherever we get the chance. So far we’ve offered exclusive free pre-order costumes, an amazing digital version for PS Vita at no cost when you buy the PS3 version, frame-accurate cross-play, and now Kat and Emmett coming soon for free!

We’ll have more information about these characters and more DLC news coming soon, so stay tuned here for more announcements, and thanks again to everyone that has supported us as we prepare to cross the finish line. Come join the party on November 20th as PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale launches, and I’ll see you online!

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+ cloudskyblue on November 15th, 2012 at 2:01 pm said:

So will the DLC characters have bonus costumes as well?


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    + Seth Killian on November 16th, 2012 at 1:26 pm said:

    Yes :) They have everything the launch characters have.


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+ fisheye11 on November 15th, 2012 at 2:02 pm said:

this is awesome news. make all the haters eat their words!


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+ alkalinetrio1240 on November 15th, 2012 at 2:06 pm said:

New characters is always a good thing. My one concern though, is I dont want to see this game simply being used as a marketing tool for characters of new and upcoming games. That is not the way to go about it.


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    + Seth Killian on November 16th, 2012 at 1:29 pm said:

    ? Starhawk and Gravity Rush have both been out for quite a while, and are far from upcoming. Definitely not “marketing tools,” but the bottom line is a fun character is a fun character. I’m always surprised in fighters to discover that my favorite characters to play are often not my favorite characters as characters (in terms of their background, story, previous games, etc.). Kat and Emmett are both very unique in terms of playstyle, and that’s what really counts for me at least.


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+ Weaponator-3614 on November 15th, 2012 at 2:07 pm said:

YEEEEAAAAHHHH!!!! I was hoping Emmitt would join All-Stars, that would be ******** AWESOME!!!! AND HE WILL!!!!!


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+ ImbaMarcel on November 15th, 2012 at 2:08 pm said:

Good Guy Sony – Releases DLC. Make it for free. =)


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+ KentheAutomator on November 15th, 2012 at 2:18 pm said:

Superbot doing more then great in my book!
Thanks Superbot !


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+ Final-Starlight7 on November 15th, 2012 at 2:22 pm said:

OH MY GOSH! Thank you, Superbot team! I’ve wanted Kat in the game for so long!!! You guys just made my morning with this news! My heart is so fired up for this now!

I’ll just go ahead and share this with you guys. I was going to withhold from buying this game unless Kat was announced for it. When the final roster was set, I was a bit disappointed and losing hope in her being DLC, but with this news, I’m def buying this game and will eagerly wait for the release of Kat (and Emmett lol)! Thank you, SB! Thank you…


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+ Elvick_ on November 15th, 2012 at 2:27 pm said:

@151: Multiplats, yes. It will be. That is a sad, obvious fact.

First party though, PlayStation is about all it’s IPs and investment in new IPs. So new IPs from Sony will be there. It wouldnt honor PS very well to ignore them. I would like more PSone reps though,


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+ MP_is_for_Chumps on November 15th, 2012 at 2:28 pm said:

@ StrykerINF_1_23

I still have this game blacklisted because of all the crappy 3rd party marketing characters in the main roster, but If they added a Chimera from Resistance and Kazuma Kiryu from Yakuza, i would tottaly be back in there for this game.


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+ strongwoods on November 15th, 2012 at 2:40 pm said:

Those r nice but Im not happy yet its the best of playstation game characters right? Well how come we havent mentioned Crash Bandicoot series characters or Spyro series characters?!


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+ Blkant on November 15th, 2012 at 2:44 pm said:

Couldn’t come soon enough, both terrific characters, and while both are good, I must say Kat is a natural for this kind of game. Will they have their own clips and all too?


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+ ALEX87PS on November 15th, 2012 at 2:49 pm said:

thanks superbot!

emmet and kat are great additions!, they should’ve been included in the first place but, really thanks!! dlc is always welcome, and this is free! so thanks a lot! ;)


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+ blakseed on November 15th, 2012 at 2:50 pm said:

I’m pretty excited for both, but I’m more curious to see how Emmett’s build and battle is going to work. Should be pretty awesome.


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+ Musolf815 on November 15th, 2012 at 2:54 pm said:

Yes!! Kat was one of the characters I was hoping for the most in this! And the DLC being free is awesome! Thanks guys!


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+ cosmis_chaos on November 15th, 2012 at 2:56 pm said:

@ MP_is_for_Chumps. We just heard that we are getting two more characters for FREE and somehow you can still find something to cry about.I am not surprised that it is you STILL complaining.


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+ tmangamer3999 on November 15th, 2012 at 2:59 pm said:

3 questions seth. 1, can we have a hint on who there rivals will be. 2, can you comfirm any characters that wont be in the game. And 3, will these characters come in packs or seperatly


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    + Seth Killian on November 16th, 2012 at 1:33 pm said:

    Can’t help with the first two, but I can say that we like the idea of releasing characters together, just as we’ve always done with the announcements over the course of development.


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+ cosmis_chaos on November 15th, 2012 at 2:59 pm said:

@ strongwoods. Because they don’t belong to Sony. They belong to Activision. They can’t schedule when they are going to give them Crash and Spyro. They DON’T belong to them. Go ask Activision about why they won’t give us Crash and Spyro.


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+ MP_is_for_Chumps on November 15th, 2012 at 3:05 pm said:

@ cosmis_chaos

Missed my other comments huh? no worries man :)

PS. – I’m sorry about your sister man, I just see nothing wrong in spreading my self around ;)


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+ T_l_M_B_0 on November 15th, 2012 at 3:08 pm said:

First of all, thank you to Sony and Superbot both, I can’t wait to use Kat, she was one of my most requested :D
Second, Seth any word on whether the DLC characters will come with trophies or not?


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+ mtjjrstccw1 on November 15th, 2012 at 3:19 pm said:

Seth K…so will all other DLC characters be paid for?


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    + Seth Killian on November 16th, 2012 at 1:35 pm said:

    Not yet known. Probably depends on a lot of factors, but we’re committed to always trying our best for the fans and adding as much value as our bosses will let us get away with :)


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+ Omega932000 on November 15th, 2012 at 3:20 pm said:

I hope Kat and Emmett(and all future DLC characters) get added into the INCREDIBLE intro you guys made for this game.

The game looks great, and thanks a ton Sony, Superbot and etc for making FREE DLC :)


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+ Ixbran on November 15th, 2012 at 3:45 pm said:

Interesting news, and good to see the games roster will be expanded beyond their current line up.

Also, any news on the Wanderer from Journey possibly getting in, maybe someone from Koei-Tecmos Warriors Orochi series? Would love to see Zhou Yu or Ryu Hayabusa in this.


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+ number1tab on November 15th, 2012 at 3:52 pm said:

PLEASE GET CHARACTERS FROM KINGDOM OF HEARTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AND YAL ARE DOING A GREAT JOB I GOT MINE PREORDERED I CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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+ KidCommando on November 15th, 2012 at 4:02 pm said:

Very cool to have Starhawk represented with a character. I would have never imagined Emmet Graves to make it into this game, great news!

I really hope a Chimera from Resistance becomes a character, but honestly I am pretty happy with the roster so far. Anybody else added at this point would be welcomed.


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+ number1tab on November 15th, 2012 at 4:06 pm said:

CLOUD!!!!!! SORA!!!!!!!!! RIKU!!!!!!!!!


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+ BreakingWilson on November 15th, 2012 at 4:14 pm said:

this is amazing!!!


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+ ChizFreak on November 15th, 2012 at 4:30 pm said:

Please answer these Questions!!!!!

I’m going to buy a PS Vita next week, and because I saw all those great deals in PS Plus, I’m thinking about buying a 1 year membership.

Please tell me if this correct:
Once I’m in, these games will be available for FREE: Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Jet Set Radio HD, WipEout 2048, Gravity Rush and Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack!

How much do these weight? 1GB? I will have to buy a big SD card, that’s why I’m asking.

Also I have a Playstation 3, so all the benefits from being a Plus member will be there too? Are there any games currently available for free for PS3?

Finally, all the games that are free for PS Vita, like Gravity Rush, will be available for ever as long as I’m a Plus member for Free? I mean if I want to download the game again from store six months later from now, will I able to still do it for free?


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    + Seth Killian on November 16th, 2012 at 1:37 pm said:

    Good questions, but you’re asking the wrong guy :) All I know is I get hella free stuff via PS+ every time I look. It’s hard to even keep up with all the good stuff sometimes.


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+ SuperGhostbuster on November 15th, 2012 at 4:44 pm said:

DLC Characters I Want:
-Crash Bandicoot (Crash Bandicoot series) (Either classic or “Mind Over Mutant” Crash)
-Spyro the Dragon (Spyro the Dragon series) (Classic, not the butt ugly Skylanders Spyro, CLASSIC!!!)
-Tag (ModNation Racers)
-Ethan Mars (Heavy Rain)
The games are in () because people may not know the origin series.


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+ sonic171000 on November 15th, 2012 at 4:54 pm said:

This is great can’t wait!!!


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+ Krazy8Zangetsu on November 15th, 2012 at 5:02 pm said:

Love to see these characters as DLC Seth! Can’t wait to see there final build!


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+ JG4Horrorshow on November 15th, 2012 at 5:04 pm said:

Free DLC? SuperBot, I love you.


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+ freshprincepbg on November 15th, 2012 at 5:10 pm said:

I’m glad that this is gonna be free

Though I really would’ve liked someone other than the Starhawk guy. I didn’t even know his name. But this is good news. And Kat really deserved to be in this game.


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+ S-A-Z-A-R on November 15th, 2012 at 5:23 pm said:

Very nice start. Free dlc characters hopefully they`ll be more dlc characters still hopeing to get Snake ( Old, Solid, or Naked/Big Boss ) but theres others that I hope get a chance to be in the roster. But only time will tell. Take all and God Bless.


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+ h2omasnah- on November 15th, 2012 at 5:34 pm said:

Free? how it should be, characters, weapons, skins, other things as well should always be free, there’s no reason to charge for them. At least they’re doing it how it should be and fair and not anti consumer, greedy or dirty. Great job on that, seriously, they deserve everything positive for that.

Kat? Fail, she is new to PlayStation and isn’t important to PlayStation yet.

Emmet? Fail, new to PlayStation and not important to PS yet.

Where are the characters important to PlayStation that are missing which are priorities?

Crash
Spyro
Robbit
Snake
Lara Croft
Silent Hill
Resident Evil
original Dante
GTA
Final Fantasy
Gabe Logan

Just to name a few.


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+ OneMoreVillain on November 15th, 2012 at 5:36 pm said:

So in 7 days you guys created 2 characters complete with cinematics and all the works of the other characters?

You obviously had these pre-made, removed them and are calling them DLC. What about the comments? Praising you for screwing them, oh wait, screwing anyone who does not fall for your buy before they release sales tactics.


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    + Seth Killian on November 16th, 2012 at 1:44 pm said:

    Not sure where to start on this, but no, we didn’t create 2 characters in 7 days. In fact they are still not created :) That’s why the only images we have to show in this announcement are existing (old) images from their original games. The team has shifted focus to be full-force on these guys now that the launch game has gone gold, so development will happen faster than with the other characters (team has more experience making All-Stars characters, and are only focused on this, rather than on every other aspect of the game as well), but it’s going to be a while before they’re ready.

    Also I know everyone likes to imagine an evil corporate scheme even when they’re getting something for free, but making something, then removing it from a game, then adding it back later as DLC (but for free) just isn’t a very good evil plan. If we presented that in the Board Room of Ultimate Evil, I think they would kick us out for fail :)


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+ Earthling_8 on November 15th, 2012 at 5:37 pm said:

Awsome! Already bringing DLC’s to the table, who’s next? J/K. I have request what about the traveler from Journey? He would annihilate everybody. J/K. That would be weird.


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+ TheNamekianClown on November 15th, 2012 at 5:41 pm said:

@185

I’m not defending DLC in any way, I don’t like it either, but really dude? “Available for download early next year”. So apparently it’s already “early next year”, and “available for download early next year” doesn’t mean early January it could be some time in February or even March.


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+ h2omasnah- on November 15th, 2012 at 5:43 pm said:

I just noticed this, free for the first two weeks only? What is that? and then you’re going to charge for them? Just when I thought everything was being done positively, fair and right.


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+ nAzZiMeLlOcO on November 15th, 2012 at 5:44 pm said:

i am very happy , thank you very much for this game


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+ BkzUzi on November 15th, 2012 at 5:44 pm said:

People who are complaining are pissing me off.
Superbot gave us free costumes(Pre-Order),Free DLC characters, and we get a free PSVita copy when we buy this game. Yet you guys are still complaining? Wow Just wow.
Also for those who are complaining about no Crash,Spyro,Cloud,etc. Sony Doesn’t own them, they’re third party reps. <_<


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+ BkzUzi on November 15th, 2012 at 5:45 pm said:

@185 They are free DLC characters. It’s not like they’re charging you for them. <_<


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+ h2omasnah- on November 15th, 2012 at 5:48 pm said:

@190 BkzUzi

Costumes should be free anyway, they’re costumes, absolutely no reason to charge for them and they’re not exactly free, you have to pre order the game, if you don’t pre order you don’t get them and if they release them later if they’re greedy and anti consumer they will charge for them.

Characters should always be free and it’s great they’re free, but only for the first two weeks and we don’t know if future characters will be free.

As for third party characters, there are many third party characters in this game, even some that shouldn’t be in in the first place like new Dante (should be original), Big Daddy and Raiden, so of course characters like Crash and Spyro could also be in this game.


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+ GENETICIDE on November 15th, 2012 at 5:49 pm said:

DLC for fighting games is the most bs garbage. I knew this would happen with this game and happy to see Kat but seriously, all future DLC better be free for 2 weeks as well, otherwise why should anyone support this day 1 when they can wait for the uber edition w/ all characters. If a pay to play character becomes top tier that just screws a lot of people for no reason.


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+ ArmedDragoon on November 15th, 2012 at 5:52 pm said:

@185 and 188: The characters are free, and you have no excuse for not downloading them during those two weeks since you don’t need to own the game to download the DLC.

Kat is from a beloved sleeper hit on the Vita that’s been heavily requested since the game’s been in the works. Graves represents Starhawk, an extension of Warhawk, which is a part of Playstation’s history. It would be nice if people did research before posting.

Throwing a fit about other characters that you want when we’re being given two fully developed characters FOR FREE is just about the ****iest thing you can do.


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+ h2omasnah- on November 15th, 2012 at 6:02 pm said:

@194 ArmedDragoon

There’re people who don’t have PS3′s yet, aren’t going to have one the first two weeks and for some reason might not be able to download them within the first two weeks.

I wouldn’t call Gravity Rush a sleeper hit because not everyone likes it and from the people that do i haven’t seen anyone be blown away by it.

Warhawk might be somewhat important to PS I’m not currently sure, Starhawk currently is not. I do research before saying anything and never state things as fact that I don’t know if they are and never assume. You should follow that same route assuming i didn’t do research before hand. Also, I’m a huge PS btw.

I haven’t thrown a fit, I was just stating the obvious that in this game the characters that are priorities are the characters that are most important to PS, characters like Fat Princess, Big Daddy, new Dante, Raiden, Nariko, Kat and Emmet are not, this is common sense. I like Kat, Nariko and Big Daddy but that doesn’t change the fact they aren’t important and shouldn’t be in this game before important characters.

Characters should always be free, they are only characters, they don’t cost so much to make that you need to charge for them.


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+ zultan8212 on November 15th, 2012 at 6:06 pm said:

Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad to see new characters, but……. I would’ve liked to see additional characters be unlocked through specific tasks within the game. DLC just seems like the lazy way to go about it. More characters should have been included in the initial roster with some having to be unlocked. That would have both provide replay value and incentive to try all the modes within the game.

Regardless… looking forward to playing as these characters.


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+ BkzUzi on November 15th, 2012 at 6:12 pm said:

@195
No characters don’t have to be free. Look at what Capcom is doing.
They’re even making their fans pay for alternate costumes. Superbot was nice enough to give us all those stuff for free and before you say “it should be free” ‘SHOULD” well guess what those stuff aren’t free anymore. Almost every single company now makes you pay for them. Don’t like the new characters? Don’t download them.
Don’t like the roster list? Don’t buy the game, just stop whining because superbot doesn’t own Spyro,Crash,Final Fantasy, GTA,,etc.
Oh and before you say “What about Dante” Capcom gets the final decision to pick which version of the Dante they want to give and with that New Dante’s game is coming out. Obviously they’ll pick that one for the advertisement.


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+ h2omasnah- on November 15th, 2012 at 6:13 pm said:

i wanted to add, now the consumers who purchase PS3′s after or consumers who own PS3′s but for whatever reason couldn’t download them get the middle finger by the companies. Yeah, that’s really great.

@196 Zultan8212

Exactly, this game should have at least four unlockable characters, as well as free DLC from characters, stages, weapons, modes, etc.


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+ h2omasnah- on November 15th, 2012 at 6:19 pm said:

Just because a company does something that is dirty, greedy and anti consumer like charge for characters like Crapcom doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be free.

Nice enough? it isn’t nice enough, that’s how it should be, they’re just doing what should be done and not being dirty, greedy and anti consumer, to a point at least because we don’t know if future characters will be paid DLC or if after the two weeks they will charge.

Like I said, it doesn’t matter if other companies do it, it doesn’t change the fact they should be free and there is no reason to charge for them. And I’m so glad there are companies that don’t do these greedy and anti consumer practices. I love that dirty, greedy anti consumer companies like THQ and EA are looking to sell. That’s what they get.

Sony doesn’t need to own characters to be in this game, look at all the not owned by Sony characters in this game and worse characters that shouldn’t be in this game in the first place because they aren’t important to PS at all, like Raiden, Big Daddy and new Dante.


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+ BkzUzi on November 15th, 2012 at 6:19 pm said:

The game doesn’t need to give you free stuff.
How hard is it for you to understand that?

Oh and about unlockable characters, no thanks I want to play with all the characters from the start instead of wasting time and unlocking them.


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