Will PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale Ever Get A Sequel?

Can the Sony fighter get another game?

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PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale came out last year, although it wasn’t a game that sold a lot of copies. Is there a chance the game will ever get a sequel?

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale sold over 1 million copies worldwide since it launched back in November last year. The game was received well by fans and critics at the time, although it sounds like Sony hoped the game would sell even more copies.

The game was released in November and was heavily advertised as one of the PS3′s “must-have” games for the 2012 holiday season. 1 million copies is a lot, but it’s possible Sony were hoping it would at least sell over 2 million copies worldwide or more.

You could say the 2012 holiday season was pretty weak for Sony and the PS3 when it came to first party titles. The only exclusives out at the time were PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, LittleBigPlanet Karting and Wonderbook: Book of Spells. In 2011, Sony released Uncharted 3 during the same season while this year they’re releasing the PS4 and Gran Tursimo 6 on PS3…

It’s possible that Sony hoped the game would reach the same level of popularity as Nintnedo’s Super Smash Bro. games, but I don’t think it ever did. Not to mention Sony cut ties with SuperBot Entertainment (the game’s developer) and Sony Santa Monica is now responsible for the franchise. However Sony Santa Monica has announced no more DLC is coming for it, but they are still going to support the game.

I’m unsure at this rate if Sony is keen to release a sequel in the near future, unless they are confident a PS4 sequel would gain new fans. I think part of the original game’s problems is that Sony had a hard time getting the rights to a lot of characters. Two of the most popular PSOne characters weren’t in the game. Those characters being Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon. Even Lara Croft wasn’t in the game either and she was a huge part of making the PSOne popular in the first place. Other characters like Cloud from Final Fantasy VII and Solid Snake may have helped the original game’s exposure too if they were in it.

Another issue that could be addressed is that a lot of people saw it as a “rip-off” to Super Smash Bros. If the game had its own unique style of gameplay, I’m sure more people would have played it and took notice of it.

At this rate, I’m sure PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale 2 is never coming out for the PS3. I would say a PS4 release is likely (if fans demand it), but it won’t be out until two or three years from now. For now, fans will only have to enjoy the original game and pray a sequel eventually gets made…

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Damian Antony Seeto


Game reviewer from New Zealand

7 Comments

  1. Jacob
    July 25, 2013, 6:33 AM

    I agree that not having Crash and Spyro hurt the game, but Crash wasn’t entirely their fault, Activision wasn’t exactly playing nice. The biggest issue with PSABR was the presentation, the menus were bland, clunky, and uninspired. Outside of that, it is a very good game. PSABR, as far as the gameplay, was not a rip off of SSB, and anyone who has played both games will tell you that. My personal belief is that too many people judged it before ever even trying it and didn’t give it a chance.

    And this is coming from someone who doesn’t play fighting games at all, I bought PSABR and platinumed both PS3 and Vita versions and still play a couple of times a week.

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  2. Zachary
    July 25, 2013, 8:17 AM

    I agree that the game felt kind of bland and empty. The story mode was subpar at best and the menus were empty looking. I liked the leaked menu much better. Before they even announced the game they should have made sure they could include iconic characters from all generations and not just bank on Kratos carrying the game.

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  3. Zach
    August 10, 2013, 11:43 PM

    Let me start by saying I love this game and play it all the time and haven’t found it to get old yet, especially with the online gameplay. That being said, the single player arcade mode is atrocious. The dialogue is ridiculously weak and I cringe at the thought of a game developer giving it the ok. The gameplay itself is addicting and entertaining for hours on end but the story is ridiculous and I enjoyable and would need a major revamping to make a sequel possible.

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  4. RedFlameFox
    August 25, 2013, 8:39 PM

    I really liked the game and I play it a lot with my friends… If a PS4 sequel will be made, I’ll buy a PS4 only for it.

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  5. callum
    October 16, 2013, 2:03 PM

    I would like to see a sequel on the ps4 with more characters like solid snake and Vergil the game needs Vergil considering Dante is in the game I would definitely buy it on the ps4 if it was ever made

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  6. tooth
    November 30, 2013, 2:08 AM

    They need Cloud Strife in the Sequel. I really was hoping for him to make the first game :(

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  7. adam
    January 18, 2014, 10:43 PM

    They should definitely make a part especially since there are so many other characters in PlayStation universe right a dumb example would Steve from mine craft or Lara craft or spurious

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