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Sony and PS All-Stars Battle Royale dev part ways

Monday, 4 February 2013 22:15 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Sony has ended its contract with PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale developer Superbot Entertainment, announcing it is bringing support for the brawler in-house.

“Sony Computer Entertainment can confirm that the working agreement with developer SuperBot Entertainment has amicably ended,” a representative told Kotaku.

“We have had a positive working relationship with this talented studio, and wish them the best of success in their next endeavor. PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale and the title’s forthcoming DLC releases will continue to be fully supported by Santa Monica Studio.”

Sony’s statement on the matter is cheerful, and despite whispers that the parting will be difficult for Superbot, president David Yang also seemed quite upbeat about the separation.

“SuperBot Entertainment can confirm that the relationship with SCEA has ended on good terms. We are extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to work on with Sony on Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale, and are extremely proud of the work we have done,” he said.

“SuperBot Entertainment will continue working on projects that reflect our passion for games and our commitment to creating award winning titles. We are very excited about beginning the next chapter of our future and invite all of our fans and supporters to follow our journey.”

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale launched in the west in November and hit Japan in January. It holds 74 Metacritic average on Vita and a 75 on PlayStation 3, and supports cross-save, cross-play multiplayer and cross-buy DLC.

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22 Comments

  1. monkeygourmet

    Job done, fuck off?

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Moonwalker1982

    I can’t speak for others, but i thought this game was nothing special anyway. I gave it a try but i just didn’t have any fun really. It’s always messed up for the devs though.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Dark

    The game was shit
    i hope to see SuperBot improve in the future.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. monkeygourmet

    Just seems strange Sony would treat its own supposedly rich history and characters with so much disdain.

    But, yeah; game was flawed from the off.

    No fault of Superbot though, they did as best the could with the poor source material and misguided idea.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. daytripper

    Not surprised the game flopped. It’s too easy to blame a lack of marketing, I saw a few ads for this on TV for a start and maybe just maybe, people just didn’t find the game appealing like myself. Hope the guys and gals find work ASAP

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Joe Musashi

    “Just seems strange Sony would treat its own supposedly rich history and characters with so much disdain.”

    On the contrary, the news is about a contract ending with a developer. Which is pretty standard stuff once a game is published, with countless examples of the same behaviour throughout the industry.

    No abandonment or ‘disdain’ of the game has been stated – in fact the exact opposite has been declared: Sony bringing it under the stewardship of Sony Santa Monica studio.

    Your determination to perceive everything as the fault of one company is affecting your comprehension. Offering the occasional platitude in favour of a game here or there doesn’t negate that.

    JM

    #6 2 years ago
  7. monkeygourmet

    @6

    I just think it served Sony’s purpose of cashing in a Smash Brothers with minimal effort.

    Same as a vast majority of their ventures.

    Nothing wrong with that, but don’t make it out to be something it’s not…

    The cash in, was complete. Hence cut away from the original dev.

    What do you think happened here oh wise one?

    It certainly wasn’t backed by a huge advertising campaign, it’s release date was chosen by what can only be described as an idiot. I don’t see them treating this franchise than anything other than I quick cash grab, please enlighten me.

    DLC was already crated, just drip fed to players ala every game out their btw, I don’t call that ‘support’.

    MG

    #7 2 years ago
  8. stevenhiggster

    I had high hopes for it since I am a huge fan of Super Smash Bro’s and a huge fan of many PlayStation franchises. So in my mind combining two things I loved seemed like a win win. But sadly no, it wasn’t even in the same league as SSB.

    And @monkeygourmet, flawed source material and misguided idea? The source material was mostly brilliant and the idea was great! The execution however, was neither. The game mechanics were what was flawed.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Erthazus

    I said before that PASBR is a failure.

    and it was at the start FAILURE.

    @5, ads won’t save it. Game was really bad to begin with.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. lexph3re

    Super Bot did a fantastic job on this game. Sorry there were no renewal but technically this was Santa Monica’s baby to begin with. Super bot also were just hiring for a new project so whatever they are working on I really look forward to seeing it.

    Why some people don’t get this was successful just goes to show how they only read headers or think what they want.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Joe Musashi

    “The cash in, was complete. Hence cut away from the original dev.”

    You’re projecting your bias and then blaming a company as a result. Both I and the article have already told you what ‘happened here’ but as it doesn’t fit your persistently damning view of a company you have replaced detail with assumption and then assigned blame.

    Adding a glib tone to your conjecture doesn’t make it more substantiated or more worthy.

    JM

    #11 2 years ago
  12. monkeygourmet

    @8

    Yeah, sorry, I should have said ‘opinion’;

    I would have still rather had Sega Smash Brothers a million times over than some of the Sony miss mash they had in this. But again, just opinion.

    Fact is; Sony could have held on to this IP for a bit, cooked it properly, fleshed it out, advertised the shit out of it and released it at a good time…

    Look at Ni No Kuni, released at a good time and BAM! JRPG at No. 1…

    Fact is, Sony had zero faith in this and sent it out to die. It shows and Sperbot have got the shaft.

    Only blind people couldn’t see this…

    #12 2 years ago
  13. lexph3re

    “SuperBot Entertainment can confirm that the relationship with SCEA has ended on good terms. We are extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to work on with Sony on Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale, and are extremely proud of the work we have done,”

    Oh what a shaft they have gotten that they wish to work with them again.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. monkeygourmet

    @11

    Where do you work? – Edit Industry (I’m not trying to stalk you)

    Do you know how hard it is to give negative views of employers in certain jobs if you still want to retain work?

    This all sounds like corporate bullshit to me, if you think otherwise then great…

    ‘Quite upbeat’ to me says it all…

    This article smacks of corporate politeness… Of course I’m reading between the lines, but with some prime press releases like this, only an idiot wouldn’t be able to see it isn’t all that meets the eye…

    MG

    #14 2 years ago
  15. monkeygourmet

    @13

    I refer you to my comment at 14.

    IMO that is the nice way of saying ‘thank you now fuck off’ in corporate speak.

    Let’s just agree to disagree, obviously there’s no backstabbing or corporate agenda in video games anymore…

    #15 2 years ago
  16. monkeygourmet

    Also what happened in between:

    Laying off ‘some’ of their workforce a few days ago to getting rid of the whole studio?

    “SCEA can confirm that SuperBot Entertainment did make a reduction in their workforce today. The studio and SCEA remain committed to supporting PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale post launch, including developing the title’s forthcoming DLC releases in the coming months.”

    That lovely idea lasted what, 1 fucking week? Come on guys!

    #16 2 years ago
  17. lexph3re

    The first confirmation was of Superbot laying off people. The second was on Sony and Superbots agreement coming to an end on PAS. That doesn’t mean they are out of business nor does it mean they wouldn’t work on a part 2 if the time arises.

    I understand you have a Tin Foil hat phase. But, not all things are a read between the lines affair

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Joe Musashi

    “Of course I’m reading between the lines”

    Evidently. At the clear expense of reading the lines themselves.

    “Laying off ‘some’ of their workforce a few days ago to getting rid of the whole studio?”

    You are implying that ‘laying off workforce’ and ‘ending a contract’ are the same thing – and implying the latter is decimating a studio in full. Nobody has ‘got rid of the whole studio’ at this time. You are demonstrating a remarkable ability to fictionalise whatever you see fit in order to continue your blame-game.

    “Only blind people couldn’t see this…”

    Given your refusal to see what has been written, your fondness for fabrication and confession to reading what isn’t there I really don’t think you should be making such accusatory statements to those that don’t share your view.

    JM

    #18 2 years ago
  19. monkeygourmet

    @17 & 18

    Yep, sorry. Got that one wrong here.

    Everything’s fine.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. monkeygourmet

    “We don’t have a reduction plan as of yet, however it is unlikely we can continue with our current work force for an extended period of time,” he said. “We are still working things out and hope to continue on with as many of us as possible.”

    Superbot

    #20 2 years ago
  21. Dragon246

    Best of luck to them for their future endeavors!
    Also for certain people, Sony = Everything Awful. Guess old habits die hard. 9 comments in 20 is really difficult, you know.

    Although I really am skeptical about PSASBR 2 now. Superbot was essentially made for this game, and was consisting of some of the best talent in fighting industry. Even though Santa Monica is a beast of a studio, I don’t them continuing this franchise unless they lure best talents like Omar Kendall, Seth Killian and so on to Santa Monica.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. ActionGameKing

    Really fun game sent to die by releasing a week, A SINGLE WEEK AFTER Call of Duty. Never stood a chance… so much potential wasted.

    #22 2 years ago

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    Heists aren’t the only thing coming to GTA Online next week: players can also expect Adversary Modes, new Daily Objectives and other Freemode activities. GTA Online’s Adversary Modes are new PvP modes which feature a range of competitive challenges and will unlock as players progress through Heists. Here’s a rundown straight from Rockstar: Come Out […]

  • Syndicate is the latest free game download on Origin

    The latest free title to be added to EA’s Origin service is 1993′s Syndicate. For a limited time, you can download the game for free and keep it, much like previous titles such as Theme Hospital. The isometric, real-time, tactical-action game was developed by Bullfrog Productions and released in June 1993. It is a favorite […]

  • Ancient Labyrinth DLC for Lords of the Fallen now available

    The Ancient Labyrinth DLC for Lords of the Fallen is now available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It will run you $7.99 and builds upon the existing lore, characters, and storyline. Have a look at some new screenshots in the gallery below.

  • Shadowrun Online gets a name change and release date

    Shadowrun Online developer Cliffhanger Productions has announced the game’s name has been changed to Shadowrun Chronicles: Boston Lockdown and a release date for April has been set. The new title was formed via the developer and its Kickstarter backers, with the goal being to let those unfamiliar with the game know by the title alone […]

  • Amazon hosting Rockstar and 2K Games sale

    Amazon is hosting a Rockstar Games and 2K Games sale with discounts Max Payne titles, Bully and more. Here’s just some of the offerings listed: Manhunt 2 PC Download $3.00 Max Payne 3 PC Download $4.00 Bully: Scholarship Edition PC Download $3.00 LA Noire Xbox 360 $2.95 L.A. Noire: The Complete Edition PC Download $6.00 […]

  • Destiny weekly reset video shows off Inferno Crucible gameplay

    We have a gameplay video featuring Inferno Crucible gameplay featured in the Destiny weekly reset for you. In it, Arekkz Gaming gives you a look at Inferno Crucible and goes over the various intricacies. You can read up on the weekly reset through the links.

  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 Episode 2 available from today

    Episode 2 for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 is now available. If you’ve purchased the Complete Season, you’ll be able to download Episode 2 on PS3, PS4 and Xbox One. Steam players should see the episode go live around 9-10pm PST, and Xbox 360 owners should be able to download very early tomorrow morning, per Capcom […]

  • Here’s a sneak peek video for Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide

    Fatshark Games has released a sneak peek video for its upcoming Games Workshop title, Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide. Vermintide is a FPS, co-op action title coming to PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and its set during the End Times of the Warhammer universe in the city of Ubersreik. Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare video shows Ascendance DLC early access weapon

    As you know, Xbox Season Pass holders now have early access to the Ascendance DLC Pack bonus weapons for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Now you can watch a trailer for the weapon. The OHM directed energy hybrid weapon can switch between an LMG and Shotgun “on the fly,” and it also includes the OHM-Werewolf […]

  • March PS Plus games include OlliOlli 2, Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty, more

    March PlayStation Plus titles have popped up on the PS Plus page. Noticed by NeoGAF user skynidas, the titles include: OlliOlli2 (PS4/VITA) Valiant Hearts: The Great War (PS4) Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty (PS4) Counterspy (PS4/PS3) Papo & Yo (PS3) Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishment (PS3) A notice has also been posted on the EU PS […]

  • Sci-fi horror game Caffeine will release on Xbox One, PS4 alongside PC – new trailer

    Caffeine creator Dylan Browne has announced the Unreal Engine 4 game will be released on Xbox One. The game will be published through Microsoft’s Indie Program. As previously announced, it is also coming to PC and and now PlayStation 4. Caffeine is a sci-fi horror game which stars a young boy who has been abandoned […]

  • Xbox 360 Preview program invites going out this month

    Much like the Xbox One Preview program, starting early this month, invites for the Xbox 360 Preview program will start rolling out. Select invitees will be able to join program directly from their Xbox 360. A special Xbox Live message will be sent, directing users to head over to their Settings page. Further instructions are […]

  • Tron: Legacy director in negotiations for Gran Turismo film

    Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski is said to be in early negotiations to direct the Gran Turismo film. This is according to the Hollywood Reporter, which states Michael De Luca is still slated as one of the producers alongside Matt Milam, Dana Brunetti, Josh Bratman, DeVon Franklin and Elizabeth Cantillon. Plot details are still unknown […]

  • Fifth add-on pack for Alien: Isolation is available for download

    The Trigger, which is is the fifth add-on pack for Alien: Isolation, is available to download from today. In it, players will “compete against the clock” across three new maps in Survivor Mode. Set before the events of the main game, players step into the shoes of Sevastopol Station’s Ricardo who will do what he […]

  • HBO Go app now available on PlayStation 4

    Sony has announced the HBO Go app will be made available for download later today for PlayStation 4. The app works just like the PS version. Now you can watch True Detective, Game of Thrones, Veep and more through your console. Information on installation is available through the PS Blog.

  • Skyrim mods no longer restricted to 100MB in size

    Bethesda has announced a beta for Creation Kit update 1.9.33, lifts the 100MB size restriction for Skyrim mod makers. The beta is for both Skyrim’s PC launcher and the Creation Kit which will allow for unlimited file sizes. Here are the notes: Creation Kit 1.9.33 Update Creation Kit now supports unlimited file sizes for mods […]

  • Mad Max release date set for September, PS3 and Xbox 360 versions canned

    Mad Max from Just Cause developer Avalanche Studios has been given a September release date, along with the new of a last-gen cancellation. The axing of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions were announced via Game Informer. Mad Max is the magazine’s featured game for the April issue. Avalanche, according GI, nixed development on […]

  • MGS 5: The Phantom Pain out in September, Kojima “closing the loop” on saga

    Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will be released in September, according to an IGN Italy video, which also features Hideo Kojima discussing “With Metal Gear Solid 5, I’m finally “closing the loop” on the Metal Gear saga. The video has since been removed, but an image cap of the date is posted above. […]

  • Forza Horizon 2 Rockstar Energy Car Pack now available

    The Rockstar Energy Car Pack for Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox One is available now, alongside the free car for March. The free car is the Acura Integra Type-R, and the Rockstar pack included the following vehicles: 2014 Volkswagen Beetle GRC 2015 Subaru WRX STI 1996 BMW 850CSi 2015 Jaguar XFR-S 1970 Volkswagen #1107 Desert […]

  • 3DS firmware update kills web browser exploit

    Nintendo has issued a 3DS firmware update which fixes a web browser exploit that was being used to run pirated Game Boy Color ROMs since January as well as inject code within downloadable games. Another piece of code, per Eurogamer, changed the setting on the handheld to make it region-free. The exploit was only available […]

  • Unreal Tournament video shows updated textures on Outpost 23

    The latest footage from Epic’s new Unreal Tournament has surfaced, and it shows off the game’s first high-textured map which is called Outpost 23. As you can see from Zaccubus’ video, its the same are which Epic showed in the flythrough video from last year, only with updated textures and some new areas outside. The […]

  • Final add-on for Sunset Overdrive arrives in April

    The final add-on for Sunset Overdrive, Dawn of the Rise of the Fallen Machines, will be released in April. On April 1 to be exact. No, that’s not an April Fool’s joke from Insomniac Games either. Below, you can watch a fist-look at the new story, area, and traversal mechanic.

  • Heroes of the Storm playable at EGX Rezzed

    Heroes of the Storm will be playable at EGX Rezzed. This will be the first UK public hands-on with the online team brawler. Blizzard will also host giveaways and friendly tournaments at its stand. Tickets for all three days of Rezzed are still available, and you can purchase a pass through the official website. EGX […]

  • PES 2015 Data Pack 4 coming next week with Winter Transfers, new faces

    Data Pack 4 for Pro Evolution Soccer 2015 has been dated, and it updates the game with Winter Transfers, new player faces, and additional stadiums. The latest free update contains real-time player transfers made within the January window, and player ratings have also been updated. Additionally, a number of improved likenesses to key players will […]

  • Here’s the changelog for Dragon Age: Inquisition Patch 5

    Notes for upcoming Patch 5 for Dragon Age: Inquisition have been posted, noting improvements to gameplay and stability, and the new features outlined back in early February. Along with the new party storage system added to the Undercroft at Skyhold, players also have the ability to adjust the size of subtitles. Below you will find […]

  • Game of Thrones, Mortal Kombat X, Batman mobile games on the way

    Warner Bros. has announced free-to-play mobile titles spanning its DC Comics, Mortal Kombat and Game of Thrones properties. The following five new games under development are: Mortal Kombat X from NetherRealm Studios: The game blends fighting and card collection with cinematic gameplay and Fatalities. Play as both classic and fighters, and if you own the […]

  • Win! Beta access to new MMORPG Skyforge and DLC worth $70

    We have ten Wrath of the Gods Founders Packs to giveaway for new RPG Skyforge, worth over $70. All you need to do to win a Wrath of the Gods pack is enter your details in the form below and we’ll pick 10 winners at random on Thursday, March 5, after 3pm GMT. Skyforge is […]

  • PC gaming expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018

    PC gaming is alive and well. In fact, it’s expected to be worth $35 billion by 2018. According to game-business group Open Gaming Alliance, the PC gaming industry is expected to grow beyond its current $26 billion worth and to a massive $35 billion by the year 2018. The information is based on data collected […]

  • Advanced Warfare: new patch adds new weapon, Master Prestige ranks, more

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare has received a new patch that gives season pass holders early access to a new weapon and everyone else a myriad of fixes and additions. The patch went live today on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, without any official notes. CharlieIntel reports that among the new additions is the new […]

  • Destiny’s end game and raids explained

    Destiny’s end game can be a bit obtuse to those not used to MMO games. Fear not, we’ve got a few quick tips on how to crack it. Arekkz Gaming has a video for new players of Destiny or those who are looking to brush up on their knowledge of the game. Today’s theme is […]

  • Capcom adds local co-op to Resident Evil: Revelations 2 on PC

    Following fan outrage over lack of local co-op support for the PC version of Resident Evil: Revelations 2, Capcom has now added it. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 now officially supports split-screen local co-op in both campaign and raid mode. The update is currently in beta on Steam, but anyone can opt-in to try it. Capcom […]

  • New Destiny glitch spawns infinite Thralls on Earth

    Destiny’s latest glitch spawns infinite Thralls to help fuel your bounty hunting and loot lust. The glitch is simple to replicate. You’ll need to start The Dark Within mission on Earth, on any difficulty. Then follow the steps in the video below (Via DualShockers) to get to an area out of the map. You’ll then […]

  • Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is here with new game mode, netcode improvements and more

    DICE has released the Winter Patch for Battlefield 4. The patch brings an eSports focus with new game mode Squad Obliteration and plenty more. Battlefield 4 Winter Patch is now live on all platforms. It’s just over 400MB on PC and 1.34GB on consoles. The patch adds new game mode Squad Obliteration and more customisation […]