What do Kratos, Sly Cooper, Parappa the Rapper, Sweet Tooth, and Fat Princess have in common? Feel free to write your own punchline, but in fact, this is not a setup for a joke. After teasing a big announcement, Sony has finally released information and a video for a new PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale PS3 video game. The new endeavor will bring together Sony characters from past games, and throw them together in a new multiplayer beat-em-up. From the PlayStation Blog:
“So what is PlayStation All Stars Battle Royale? First and foremost, it’s a celebration of a storied history of great characters and rich worlds brought together in one game. And for us, there’s no better way to celebrate than by creating an experience that players can sit around one screen and enjoy together. There are probably a few types of games that can be enjoyed by four players simultaneously, but for us at SuperBot, a brawler was the obvious choice for one really good reason: the developers here at SuperBot really like fighting games. We love playing them and we love-making them. With PlayStation All Stars Battle Royale, we set out to make an experience accessible enough for all PlayStation fans to enjoy while also creating something deep enough for the serious fighting game aficionado. We think this “accessible yet deep” strategy is the perfect way to bring PlayStation fans of all stripes together.”
Additional PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale characters will be announced at a later date, and it is predicted that they will all be from Sony exclusive titles (no, Mario and Master Chief will likely not be making appearances). This opens the door for characters like Nathan Drake from the Uncharted series, Sackboy from LittleBigPlanet games, or Cole McGrath from the Infamous titles, to step into the metaphorical octagon (or who knows, maybe real octagon since the PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale development team is being headed by Omar Kendall, who worked on UFC Undisputed). This whole idea has a very Smash Bros. Brawl feel to it. So the question remains: will fans be up for the fight, or turn the other cheek? Expect more PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale news to be announced at E3.