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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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    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 […]

  • HTC hopes to see Half-Life on VR headset Vive

    Vive manufacturer HTC said that it hopes to see Valve games, including Half-Life, on the virtual reality headset. Speaking to the BBC, HTC chairwoman Cher Wang said that Valve is keen on having its games available on the VR headset. “I think Valve’s best game is Dota, right, and Portal and [Team Fortress] and I […]

  • Make money easily in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

    If you’re looking to buy a fell set of armour for your character in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate but keep falling short on Zenny, this video will show you an easy way to make lots of it. Arekkz Gaming has a very handy tip for all Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate players: how to make Zenny […]

  • This is how you claim free Xbox One games from your Xbox 360

    Microsoft is giving everyone the ability to claim their free Xbox One Games with Gold titles from their Xbox 360 console, even without owning an Xbox One. If you don’t yet own an Xbox One and want to make sure you don’t miss out on all those free Games with Gold games, you’ll be pleased […]

  • Destiny weekly reset for March 3: Heroic and Nightfall detailed

    Bungie has reset the weekly cap of Crucible and Vanguard marks and added new Heroic and Nightfall strikes, now with burn. From now until next Tuesday, the weekly Heroic strike will be The Devil’s Lair with Heroic and Lightswitch modifiers. As for the Nightfall, you’ll be fighting Sepiks Prime with the help of Arc burn. […]

  • Few Mass Effect FemShep cosplays are as elaborate as this one

    The internet is full of Female Commander Shepard cosplay from Mass Effect, but very few are as terrific as this one. Visual artist Freya Willia has spent over two years painstakingly creating the perfect suit of armour and the best weapons to make her cosplay of Female Shepard as authentic as possible, Omni tool and […]

  • Deals with Gold: Assassin’s Creed Unity, Red Dead Redemption and more discounted

    This week’s Deals with Gold titles for Xbox Live subscribers is a good mix of modern games and old favourites. The list of discounted games through this week’s Deals with Gold is live with discounts on Assassin’s Creed Unity, Amazing Spider-Man 2, Red Dead Redemption, Max Payne 3, and more. The deals are live now […]

  • Destiny guide: how to maximise your Grimoire Points

    Destiny players regularly compare the size of their Grimoire Points. Learn how to make yours the biggest. Destiny guide: how to earn Grimoire Points In Destiny, earning most Grimoire cards is just a matter of playing the game, maybe a little more attentively than usual. You’ll either need to complete a certain number of actions […]

  • Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows will let you play as a baddie

    Shovel Knight owners will benefit from the generosity of Kickstarter backers quite soon. Because Shovel Knight was overfunded during its Kickstarter campaign, developer Yacht Club Games committed to releasing free content updates. The first of these, Plague of Shadows, has now been detailed. The expansion stars baddy Plague Knight, who turns on his former allies, […]

  • GTA controversies, from Hot Coffee to PR manipulation

    GTA has a long history of controversy. The latest Did You Know Gaming tells the full stories behind the sensational headlines. Grand Theft Auto is such a byword for controversy that it’s easy to forget the full context of what actually happened to bring mainstream press, politicians and interest group awareness to the Rockstar series. […]

  • Infamous 2 one of five new PlayStation Now additions for March

    PlayStation Now will expand to the tune of five new games this month. The March PS Now additions are Infamous 2, Twisted Metal, R-Type Dimensions, Alone in the Dark: Inferno and Operation Flashpoint: Red River. PS Now will set you back $20 per month or $45 for a three month subscription. It offers all you […]

  • Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster gets PS4 release date

    Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster hits PS4 in May. The PS4 release date for Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD Remaster is May 12 in North America and May 15 in Europe. Gematsu reports a special pre-order bonus calendar with art by Yoshitaka Amano is available through the Square Enix Store and participating retailers. In Europe, pre-ordering […]

  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare getting 15 new Prestige levels

    Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare players can now aspire to the ranks of Grand Master Prestige. Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games will add 15 more Prestige levels to the latest Call of Duty, giving players at max XP a chance to grow even further. According to the Sledgehammer Games blog, when you enter Master level […]

  • Destiny: Crota’s End recreated in Minecraft

    Destiny’s toughest challenge gets even nastier if you throw Creepers into the mix. The ultimate Destiny challenge – for now – is the Crota’s End raid. Taking place in an alternate dimension accessed through the Hellmouth on the Moon, the Raid takes Guardians through a pit of darkness to the resting place of Crota himself. […]

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3D trailer introduces the Heir to the Monado

    Xenoblade Chronicles 3D protagonist Shulk is the Heir to the Monado, his distinctive red sword. Let this trailer fill you in on what that means. Xenoblade Chronicles 3D releases for New 3DS on April 2 in Europe and April 10 in North America. As well as all the content of the Wii original, it has […]

  • The Elder Scrolls: Total War mod covers Morrowind, Oblivion and more

    The Elder Scrolls: Total War is a terrific mod allowing you get get intimately involved with the history of Bethesda’s detailed fantasy universe. The first release of The Elder Scrolls: Total War dropped on the weekend, giving players their first chance to try out LoRdNazgu1‘s creation. This version runs from 3E 427 to 4E 45, […]

  • Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 out now on Steam

    Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 is out now. Yes, we’re surprised too. You can grab Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 on Steam for $8. Developer Scott Cawthon really doesn’t mess about; the game was only announced in early January. Here’s the blurb: Thirty years after Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza closed it’s doors, the events that took […]

  • EVE Online heister makes off with $13,000 worth of goods

    EVE Online is a hotbed of villainy, espionage and backstabbing, but one intrepid corporate thief has made waves even in this setting. The thing about EVE Online is that it’s a true sandbox: the game’s rules are very loose, and allow players to make careers out of theft, piracy, assassination and espionage in addition to […]

  • Marth Amiibo getting a stock refresh in North America

    Nintendo of America has announced a fresh supply of the difficult to find Marth Amiibo. The Marth Amiibo will be back in stock in the US in late April, the platform holder said on Twitter today. Planning to pick up Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. and don’t have a Marth amiibo? More are headed to stores in […]

  • Skyrim beta update upgrades creation kit file size

    Skyrim has been granted a new beta update – more than three years after launch! – to improve the experience for modders and those who use them. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim released in November 2011. I think that’s worth noting before we discuss the beta update that dropped today, even as Bethesda is working […]

  • Paradox’s next epic RPG is, uh, Knights of Pen & Paper 2

    Knights of Pen & Paper 2 is very serious business so please enjoy this very serious trailer. “Return to the dicey world of Knights of Pen & Paper for a new turn-based adventure, where players get to take on the role of players, and also of the game’s encounter-designing, rules-laywering GM in a fully customizable […]

  • Amplitude looks amazing in new gameplay trailer, has a team multiplayer mode

    Amplitude may have been delayed but we still get something this March: a fine new gameplay trailer. Amplitude is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 sometime in northern summer. It’s a reprisal of Harmonix’s classic rhythm action game, a forerunner to its later efforts with Guitar Hero and Rock Band, and was crowdfunded. Update: Turns […]