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Kat and Emmett In PS All-Stars Details (And New Level Revealed)

Omar Kendall's Avatar + Posted by Omar Kendall on Dec 04, 2012 // Game Director, SuperBot Entertainment

It’s been a couple of weeks since Seth let the Kat (and the Emmett!) out of the bag, so I thought I’d stop in and give you guys some insight into the philosophy behind putting these two great characters into PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. The team and I attended an event at the Santa Monica Studios last night where we gave media attendees the first hands-on look at our new DLC, including the unveil of a brand new level, so I wanted to give you all a sneak peek at some of their moves and show off our newest level, Fearless! It’s all exciting stuff that I’m eager to tell you all about, so let’s get started.

PlayStation All-Stars: Gravity DashPlayStation All-Stars: Gravity Attraction

Gravity Rush landed on PlayStation Vita earlier this year, introducing us to Kat. Her tremendous gravity powers, combined with a really charming personality made her an instant fan favorite, and thus an obvious candidate for PlayStation All-Stars. When looking at Kat’s play style in Gravity Rush two things immediately stood out to us: her reliance on aerial mobility and her arsenal of powerful kick-based attacks. We felt it was important to use these two elements as the cornerstone of Kat’s play style, and as such, her move set in PlayStation All-Stars makes liberal use of both.

For example, Kat doesn’t have a double jump! Instead, she relies on her Gravity Dash, an eight-direction mini-flight mode to move through the air. This cancellable move affords Kat an unprecedented degree of air mobility and attack potential.

PlayStation All-Stars: Kat Level 1

Another example sees Kat using her powers of gravity manipulation directly against her rivals. Kat creates gravity wells, which draw in nearby players via her Gravity Attraction attack. Kat’s playstyle is such that she’s most effective when close to her opponents, and while her air mobility and varying kicks allow her to get in close pretty well, Gravity Attraction lets her pull her opponents directly to her. Success with Kat will require players to use all of Kat’s abilities in harmony, and Gravity Attraction plays a key role in accomplishing that.

I also want to give you guys a look at one of Kat’s Supers. Kat’s Level 1 Super, Gravity Squeeze, is based on her finishing attack so often used to dispatch the bosses in Gravity Rush. Kat leaps at her foe, stealing a giant orb of energy. As she destroys the orb, her victim explodes. If anyone is caught within the resulting blast of energy, they explode too! This is a very powerful Super, but one that will require Kat players to be clever in order to score maximum points.

This year also saw the release of Starhawk, a game set in the wild galactic frontier where the quest for Rift Energy comes with a terrible human cost. Starhawk’s main protagonist, Emmett Graves, is a man all too familiar with that cost, his body forever transformed by exposure to the toxic Rift Energy. Emmett makes wide use of varying weapons based on advanced technology, most notably through Starhawk’s Build & Battle system. It’s this particular mechanic that made Emmett such a compelling character to the PlayStation All-Stars Team.

PlayStation All-Stars: Shotgun Mine

The first of Emmett’s two most important Build & Battle moves is his Aerial M.A.W Rocket Launcher and Tetranite Grenade Bunker move. This allows Emmett to call down a bunker that when used, completely changes his weapon loadout. The Rocket Launcher gives Emmett access to a long range, powerful, aimable projectile. The grenade launcher provides an equally devastating attack, both in terms of AP generation and versatility, and is used primarily to stop the advancement of opponents in front of Emmett. Both weapons are somewhat slow moving, but more than make up for it in terms of sheer firepower.

The second, but equally important Build & Battle move that I want to tell you about is the Union Shotgun and R-Secs Proximity Mine Bunker move. Like the previous Build & Battle move, a separate bunker is brought in from low orbit, this time with ample shotgun and mine ammunition. Choosing this loadout supplies Emmett with devastatingly quick-hitting, short-range firepower via the shotgun as well as excellent space control through persistent mines. Neither weapon offers the range of the rocket launcher or grenade, so good Emmett players will need to be able to master alternating between both loadouts depending on the situation.

PlayStation All-Stars: Rocket GrenadePlayStation All-Stars: Hawk

What better piece of anti-personnel weaponry is there in the Starhawk universe than the amazingly versatile Hawk? As the ultimate Level 3 Super, Emmett takes control of a Hawk in mech configuration, and is able to chase down his opponents with terrifying machine gun fire and tricky floating mines. And when all else fails, Emmett can transform the Hawk into flight mode and rain down a final hail of bullets that’s tough to survive. It’s an impressive Super, befitting of a universe filled with amazing technology.

Before I go, I want to give you all a look at what we have planned for our newest level, which during development has earned the codename Fearless. Fearless is a mash-up level that sees the fantasy world of Heavenly Sword meet the futuristic race tracks of Wipeout. In the short time we’ve been working on it, Fearless has become one of the team’s favorite levels, and we think you’ll see why.

PlayStation All-Stars: Fearless Top

The action in Fearless starts out atop a high column supported by gigantic ropes, creating a scene pulled straight from the world of Heavenly Sword. Our players will battle it out on this high column under the watchful eye of the forces of Bohan. It’s a medium-sized space, free of any platforms, and offers some of the most uninterrupted calm you can find in PlayStation All-Stars.

PlayStation All-Stars: Fearless Bottom

In the distance though, the hum of anti-gravity racing can be heard, and over the course of the match, a familiar floating race materializes. Soon, the battle is interrupted as stray fire from the famous racing ships of Wipeout hits the fighting column, and our fighters come crashing down into a new, more vertical part of the level, the race track cutting straight through the fight space! Any fighter unlucky enough to get knocked into the track or in the way of one of these terrific ships will pay the cost – literally – by receiving a hefty AP penalty. Knowing how to best leverage your character’s moves while avoiding the dangers of the race track are key tools to mastering your fear, and mastering Fearless.

We’ve still got a long way to go to complete Kat, Emmett, and our new level Fearless, but I hope you enjoyed this early look into where things are going. We think these new characters and level fit well into the gameplay already established in PlayStation All-Stars, while at the same time expanding the notions of what’s possible within our fight system. We can’t wait for you guys to get your hands on this stuff early next year, but there’s still quite a bit of work left to do before we can call anything finished. With that said, I’ll get back to work.

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267 Comments   21 Replies

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+ Freshh23 on December 4th, 2012 at 1:04 pm said:

OMG people are asking for an Assassins Creed character? This game is going to fail bad if Sony/Superbot listen to those people. What the hell does Assassins Creed have to do with PlayStation? Absolutely nothing. This game might as well be called “Current Video Game All Stars: Battle Royale” instead of PSASBR.

At least Nintendo got it right by including only 1st party characters, Sonic which is important to Nintendo and I’m not sure if Snake is important to Nintendo but the first two games were on the NES. It makes me very sad to know after years and years PS finally has this game but it’s getting screwed up by including unimportant characters, not including important characters, small roster, low amount of stages, low amount of items and horrible final boss even though the idea of Polygon Man as the final boss is genius.


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+ L-HackSponge-P on December 4th, 2012 at 1:07 pm said:

wow wow wow! awesome work!
Im very impressed how superbot working even after the game is released..
i really like this software house :)
but.. someone can tell how proceed the negotations for Crash Bandicoot?
or if he can’t join.. if superbot can’t have crash i will not be disappointed.. but i want just know if crash is possibile in all star or not :(


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+ BlackMasamune on December 4th, 2012 at 1:11 pm said:

Any Chance of a SNK representative joining the party?


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+ FORMIK on December 4th, 2012 at 1:16 pm said:

Omar,

Emmett Graves: Mancake – yes or no? That is all.


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+ sillygiraffe on December 4th, 2012 at 1:23 pm said:

Teddie from Persona 4 would be a character I’d love to see.


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+ Gadirok on December 4th, 2012 at 1:31 pm said:

Can we please get Nathan Hale with Joesph Capelli as an alternative costume? Or maybe a Hybrid as an alt?

WE NEED THE RESISTANCE IN HERE.


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+ LuiSpartanMIMIMI on December 4th, 2012 at 1:40 pm said:

I don’t think Nathan Hale should be in the game.

We need to think: Who’s the STAR of Resistance franchise?

It’s the CHIMERA!!

Resistance is all about Chimera, and adding an Hybrid is the right choice, I think.

Same with Killzone. Radec isn’t the STAR of Killzone. The STAR of the franchise are the Helghan! A Helghan should be instead of Radec.


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+ Welmosca on December 4th, 2012 at 1:47 pm said:

Nice both are great characters and I’m looking forward to both of them but a video wouldn’t be any bad…BTW the blend of games in the levels is incredible great…that photo with wipeout is amazing…I still don’t have the game…just played the Beta.It was really cool.I’m looking forward to pick this one up anytime soon.


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+ sdprimetime33 on December 4th, 2012 at 1:49 pm said:

Hey Omar! Have you guys considered having a dynasty warrior rep!? If so, Lu Bu should be highly considered! Also, thank you and the whole superbot team and everyone else involved for this game! Hope you guys have great success in the future!


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+ GeoStelar22 on December 4th, 2012 at 1:54 pm said:

I hope I’m not too late to ask this, Omar. I have a couple of questions.

1. When are the chances of seeing the pre-order costumes added for download on PSN? If so, will they be a pack or separate?

2. What are the chances of seeing the following characters:
-Siegfried or Nightmare (Soulcalibur)
-Laharl or Valvatorez (Disgaea)
-Cloud, Ramza or Tidus (Final Fantasy)
-Jack Russel (Radiata Stories)
-Neptune (Hyperdimension Neptunia)
-Noire (Hyperdimension Neptunia. Bonus points for PS3/Sony personification)
-A character from Demon’s Souls like False King Allant
-Solaire of Astora or Artorias of the Abyss (Dark Souls)
-Gene (Godhand)
-Tatsuya Suou (Persona)
-Ultra-V (War of the monsters)
-Dart (Legend of Dragoon)

This may not be answered by you but thanks for making this game. I’m having tons of fun with Heihachi, Mr. B and Raiden. You guys are great.


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+ zeothedeathgod on December 4th, 2012 at 2:00 pm said:

I want to start by saying thank you so much for this game!!!! Its my favorite game ever and i have loved every second of it, lots of fun with friends and online. I can’t wait for this free dlc but i do have some questions.

1). Will kat and emmett have 3 unlockable costumes like the others? even though the others had a preorder costume, or will they only have 2?

2). Do you think that you may add new modes to the game? I was thinking an infinite drake special challenge, or horde mode, where you have to fight off tons of enemies (Chimera, helghast) etc, and they get stronger each wave.

3). Have you ever considered kazuma from yakuza? Hes one of my favorite playstation characters and i would LOVE if he somehow made it in this game.

4). I know you probably get this a lot, but is there any specific reason you didnt add a JRPG character? or RPG for that matter :) you dont have to answer this one, just curious if we may see one in the future.

Cant wait to see how much this game will change over time, i know ill be there every step of the way! Thank you for making a game ive wanted forever.


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+ ZrankFappa on December 4th, 2012 at 2:10 pm said:

How about a ranked 2v2? Not every character shines in FFA.


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+ sdprimetime33 on December 4th, 2012 at 2:11 pm said:

I also for got to ask this. Will you guys be putting out DLC in packs with rivals and a stage in the future?


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+ WizTroll on December 4th, 2012 at 2:30 pm said:

This game is just so good, I’m a huge Sly fan so seeing this and Sly 4 coming makes me a very happy Cooper. I just have one question, why aren’t there more JRPG reps in the game?


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+ SniperWolf323 on December 4th, 2012 at 2:34 pm said:

whoopie, more stupid, obscure shooter characters. Nice going superbot


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+ SniperWolf323 on December 4th, 2012 at 2:36 pm said:

Superbot what is your obsession with putting stupid, random, obscure, shooter characters in a playstation allstars fighting game? Do you not realize this is a PLAYSTATION ALLSTAR game right?


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+ buddyng4 on December 4th, 2012 at 2:36 pm said:

hey omar,
1.since sucker punch gets sly and cole while naughty dog gets jak and nate, how come insomiac only gets ratchet? i want to see a resistance rep to be in this game (preferably nathan hale) it’s a good idea!
2. for a stage i thought that a new dlc stage (whatever it is) it will be mixed with infamous. at the middle of the match, this orange smoke stuff is coming together to form the beast and he interacts by trying to hit you with fire.

do you think it could happen?


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+ SniperWolf323 on December 4th, 2012 at 2:36 pm said:

also this game is still broken, so all who think of buying this, don’t.


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+ iZalman007 on December 4th, 2012 at 2:36 pm said:

Hey Omar and the rest of SuperBot! I’m enjoying the game a lot nowadays. Great work on it!

However, I have one major problem with it… Kratos. PLEASE try to nerf him as soon as possible. I’ve really hated fighting this guy ever since the beta you put out. He builds up AP too fast and his moves are already so fast and powerful.

Other than that, I love playing this game, and I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with in the future.
(And hopefully there’s some deal with Activision behind the scenes…)

Thanks a bunch!


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+ gdylan23 on December 4th, 2012 at 2:40 pm said:

Hey Omar, any possibility of Yu Narukami or Teddie from Persona 4?? Atlus has stated they would love a character in, that its just up to PS All stars developers.
Also I love the game so far, can’t wait for the dlc, thanks so much!!!


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+ SniperWolf323 on December 4th, 2012 at 2:42 pm said:

and omar, if you say that Heys clupula668, Abe is one of my favorite video game characters of all time. Of all time!
why are you ignoring the makers of oddworld? there was an article which said that you NEVER said ANYTHING to them and they were asking abe to be in this game WAY before it was released? And abe has WAYY MORE to do with playstation than most of the characters you chose in this game? And what were you guys thinking by not adding in levels for 6 of the characters? And what do you do when you choose characters for this game? Its like you guys have NO IDEA of ANY of playstations history or any of there famous characters/franchises…..Don’t tell me nariko is a playstation allstar by ANY MEANS


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+ OverLord_BlayZen on December 4th, 2012 at 2:42 pm said:

Hey Omar, i’d love to see some nippon ichi reps in the future. like laharl or priere. only if possible. legal stuff and all lol.

NIS characters are quite famous for cameos and loved by rpg fans. Even in america lol. I think All Stars would be perfect for them in the future. this game needs a bit of a rpg character love. so, who better than NIS XD


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+ ZaGe-zAiKaNo on December 4th, 2012 at 2:43 pm said:

Here come some New Challengers & they are looking Great!.

Can’t wait to try them out & play the new stage. Though Emmett sounds really fun & strategic.

This game is a total blast, with several net issues & character dis-balances BUT i’m sure they’ll get fixed.

Quick question, will i ever see the “Hero” from OUTLAND in Playstation ALL-STARS? I was comparing play style and OUTLAND does play pretty similar to PASBR.

Thanks for sharing this Info. on whats to come next year.


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+ SniperWolf323 on December 4th, 2012 at 2:43 pm said:

This game is broken. And is a waste of 70 bucks


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+ quigibo5 on December 4th, 2012 at 2:47 pm said:

is there anyway i can invite someone using my account on my VITA so it can be used as a controller. i currently have 3 controllers and my VITA so it would be great to use it as a controller, but i haven’t figured out how to make it work using the same PSN account on both consoles

Can’t wait for this DLC, loving the game as are my friends =)


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+ daxter1100 on December 4th, 2012 at 2:48 pm said:

i do have one question when the dlc comes out will it add new trophies for the new people as well because i already have a platinum trophy for the game thanks for and awesome game as well jak and daxter was a great pick for a naughty dog rep in the game


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+ SniperWolf323 on December 4th, 2012 at 2:53 pm said:

I’d rather play with a polished turd than this game. Superbot, you suck at making fighting games, and it’s shameful than you say you have made fighting games before. This game was made for a quick buck and nothing more. The quality of this game ALONE gives it away. The lack of content and MISSING content alone should of made this game a 20 psn title release, IT’S DISGUSTING TO CHARGE ALMOST $70 for this broken, half-a**ed, extremely low quality “game”


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+ Logan22 on December 4th, 2012 at 2:54 pm said:

Omar, please bring the Grey Fox skin the Rising game is getting to All-Stars! With how awesome I am doing with Raiden, I would LOVE to be owning as Grey flippin FOX!


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+ SniperWolf323 on December 4th, 2012 at 2:57 pm said:

we all know since emett is a shooter character, he is going to sit at the side of the screen and camp and use the same move OVER AND OVER AGAIN. Come on superbot don’t add shooter characters to a melee fighting game. You already have these problems in your RETAIL game that is already released and you are NOT fixing it, but you release another broken shooter character into a game full of broken shooter characters. Way to go superbot, really shows how incompetent you really are.


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+ gdylan23 on December 4th, 2012 at 3:03 pm said:

SniperWolf323, could you please stop spamming on an article about a game you don’t even like? I think they did a great job, and really stretched the idea of “All Stars”. Not to mention there are people here who want to be heard and not just complain OVER AND OVER AGAIN


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+ hung187 on December 4th, 2012 at 3:05 pm said:

You most likely have herd from other people but I really hope that Gabriel Logan from Syphon Filter would be in the next line up. That was my first ps1 game and it was awesome.


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+ SniperWolf323 on December 4th, 2012 at 3:07 pm said:

And who is kat? what playstation system is her game from? Whats with the obscure playstation characters superbot? do you not know this is a playstation allstar game? where is dart, or tomba, or cloud, or spyro? where are the missing levels for 6 of your IN GAME characters? You are really horrible at making games superbot. Now everone knows you are an incompetent developer who releases half-a**ed, low quality, over priced garbage. And try’s to justify them selves by releasing horrible characters for this still broken game. bahahahaha wow


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+ Matimooo on December 4th, 2012 at 3:17 pm said:

Loving the game so far guys!
I have a few suggestions:
1) Have you considered a War of the Monsters representative? I think Ultra-V would make a great playable character, but obviously scaled down to be a bit taller than Big Daddy. A 100ft tall robot fighting humans wouldn’t be fair now would it? :P
2) A Fat Princess / War of the Monsters stage. The fighters fight atop the red team’s castle, overlooking one of the colourful stages from Fat Princess. The teams are engaged in battle, a few stray arrows coming towards and potentially hitting the fighters. When suddenly, a huge beast stomps down into the field! It’s Congar from War of The Monsters! he could smack villagers around the map, some flying through where the players battle, and eventually the 2 teams would team up to take him down!
3) Eyepet as a minion, and the Beach Ball from Kula World as an item!
4) Not a suggestion, but I thank you again for making such a brilliant game, bringing characters both young and old! Hopefully you guys can get everyone’s favourite Orange Marsupial, but I understand he requires a deal to be settled between to big companies. :)


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+ dagundam on December 4th, 2012 at 3:23 pm said:

Thank you for all the hard work Superbot has put into not only creating a great, fun, competitive core game, but also to committing to continue to listen to fans in providing additional characters as DLC content. I believe in you guys and understand that you needed to put the game out first to make sure people have it in their hands, before pursuing much challenging character rights (from their IP holders) as DLC :)

As for Dante’s guns: they don’t provide any knockback effect upon impact and very little AP gain overall. That is the current issue for me.

Thanks!


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+ zeothedeathgod on December 4th, 2012 at 3:23 pm said:

sniperwolf does this same thing on the official forums xD dont think too much about it, hes been doing this since the start. funny he doesnt know who kat is but considers himself a playstation fan.


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+ tkashur on December 4th, 2012 at 3:26 pm said:

Thats awesome! I hope this patch will have a new batch of trophies and unlockables, hopefully not just specific to these new characters. Maybe some more animations or minions?


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+ Freshh23 on December 4th, 2012 at 3:27 pm said:

You don’t have to know who Kat is or who all or most Sony/PlayStation characters are just because you are a PS fan. Maybe he was being sarcastic since Kat isn’t important to PlayStation but he does know who Dart, Tomba and Spyro are so he does seem to be a PlayStation fan.


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+ gdylan23 on December 4th, 2012 at 3:27 pm said:

Noted haha


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+ uberponage911 on December 4th, 2012 at 3:29 pm said:

idk they should shoulda kept that girls detail graphics kinda on the same lvl with everyone else. she doesnt seem to blend in/like she doesn’t belong, unlike the other dlc :/


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+ mtjjrstccw1 on December 4th, 2012 at 3:32 pm said:

Omar, i hope you are still checking this because I gotta know…Did you guys ever consider Prana Devil from The Unholy War for all stars?


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+ onecrzymffin on December 4th, 2012 at 3:44 pm said:

Hey Omar, few questions:

1. Ever thought of talking to Krome to get Ty The Tasmanian Tiger? I mean he is a true all-star. Did you ever talk to Krome?

2. Update on Crash please? Have you met up with Activision in regards to putting him into the game? Also if you’d like, mind giving us an idea on if you did put him in the game, what supers would he have?

3. Also on the Crash subject, would you rather get the new Mind Over Mutant Crash or the classic Crash we all came to love?

4. Anybody you would like on your roster? Your honest wishes on who you could have in the game.

5. Ever thought of making a Infamous stage with a mash-up of Little Big Planet? Like you’re fighting on top of the Jail and the Chicken from LBP2 comes out? Random thought.

6. Last one, ever thought about putting Wander from Shadow of the Collosus in there? Do you have his IP?

Please answer, thank you.


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+ zeothedeathgod on December 4th, 2012 at 3:48 pm said:

i agree Ty would be awesome:)

Ty, Kazuma, Etna/Prinny, Abe, Dart, and Sora are easily my top wanted characters.


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+ ZodR_ARG on December 4th, 2012 at 3:49 pm said:

Kat and Emmet!!! Awesome!!!!
now I’m waiting for a Disgaea Character! :D
Hopefully the Prinnies!
Thanks for such an excellent game SuperBot!


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+ ThePastor-1 on December 4th, 2012 at 3:51 pm said:

imagining the possibilities of characters because you guys are going all out
how about that dart…
huh
huh
huh


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+ SniperWolf323 on December 4th, 2012 at 3:51 pm said:

+@Freshh23

i really donty know who kat is…..I just dont see why superbot is ignoring there fans and the ps fans by not adding in the most wanted characters dart, cloud, tomba, ty, toan, crash, spyro. And instead they add in emett< another firkken shooter character we DONT NEED and NO ONE ASKED FOR, and kat who ALOT of people dont know


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+ IntelliHeath on December 4th, 2012 at 4:02 pm said:

Looking forward to download those DLC characters and stage. Great Job, Superbots.

I only have a request for Superbots. I would love to see Monica from Dark Cloud2 to become playable character for Playstation All Stars Battle Royale.


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+ Markko-A on December 4th, 2012 at 4:28 pm said:

At first, I´d like to say that this game seems brilliant and will be perfect to have Kat on it. I Can´t say it is brilliant because i still don´t have it.

My problem is: I´m from Brazil and Preordered the game but the site is delayng with the deliver. So i am planning to cancel the preorde and buy it on the PsStore, I just would like to know if buying Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale on the PsStore it will also come with the psvita version included. And if there is any way to buy the exclusive costumes without the preorder.

I am really excited to play this and I Don´t know when the preorder will show up in my home. That´s All, thank you!


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+ L-HackSponge-P on December 4th, 2012 at 4:32 pm said:

@ Omar
ah! if you can tell me.. if there are chances that a Modnation Racers rep will be in this game?
(Stage or Character (tag)) i really like this game xD and modnation is a 100% Playstation game :D
thanks! :)


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+ shdwfox1919 on December 4th, 2012 at 4:40 pm said:

I cant wait to see what comes next! I hope after these characters are done the next ones wont be too far away


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+ ShadowKirby87 on December 4th, 2012 at 4:44 pm said:

Athena costume from God of War would be nice for Nariko. Please make that happen Omar.

Also would be nice to see some of these for dlc.

Crash Bandicoot ND Version “A Must”
Spyro The Dragon IG Version “A Must”
James Heller
Conner
Nathan Hale “A Must”
Ellen from Folklore “A Must”
BloodRayne
Ivy Valentine
Kit from Blade Kitten
Scorpion or Sub-Zero


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