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Sony Cuts Ties With PlayStation All-Stars Creators, Studio’s Fate In Question

Sony has cut ties with PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale creator SuperBot Entertainment, just days after the development studio laid off a number of its staff.

All of the game's future content will be handled by Sony's internal studios.

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sinncross2178d ago

Sure does... I hope the SB employees can find new jobs soon if the studio really does close down.
PSBR could have been better but I thought for a first time effort it was good and a lot of fun.

I wonder what this means for DLC... and the signs of a sequels...

Phil322178d ago

You didn't even have to click on the article to see what it means for DLC. It clearly says on this page in the summary, "All of the game's future content will be handled by Sony's internal studios."

Skate-AK2178d ago

Santa Monica are handling future DLC.

sinncross2178d ago

my point was that SB were a group who at the moment were dedicated to making the DLC.

It is sort of like LBP DLC: it is not even made by MediaMolecule but another group who have the current job of making said DLC.

Santa Monica have tons of projects going on, DLC for the game (if it did not sell well) is probably not high up on their priority list.

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UnSelf2178d ago

nobodys mad but can u name these thousands of games?

or hundreds?

ok dozens?

pixelsword2178d ago (Edited 2178d ago )

So, what then:

-Did is sell well or not?

-Did it play well or not?

Or is it just:

-Sony were through with them for the game (job well done, now parts ways)?

-Sony didn't want to pay them for DLC (too much money with a jillion developers on retainer)?

-Sony doesn't want to work with them anymore?

DasBunker2178d ago

It sure sucks.

IMO the biggest problems with the game is the lack of a normal health bar mode, being able to fall from stage and neeeds more characters.

Hopefully DLC or PSABR 2 has these.

Reverent2178d ago

@Crusader, looking at your profile... You've been banned a lot, haven't you? Well, enjoy being banned again considering the massive amount blatant anti-sony trolling you're pathetic self has pumped out in just today's time.

Larry L2178d ago

I agree that there no being at least a mode with regular health bars was a major thing that put off potential customers. I know that's one of the major reasons I was put off.

But I think the major reason the game failed was that it was being looked at by Sony as a Blockbuster they could sell as a full $60 retail game, but all SuperBot created was a $20-$30 brawler. For All-Stars to be worth $60 it needed a roster of like 50 characters, and that's not exaggerating or wishing for too much. With the 20 playable characters it had in reality, for it to be a big seller it should have launched as a $30 title......$20 by now, and they would have had successfull sales.

I really don't know what they were thinking with that TINY roster. DId they really expect people to pay even $40 for a simple brawler with only 20 playables, where it's likely each gamer is only going to really like 1 or 2 characters? I wouldn't pay more than $10 for the game as it sits. I was excited at the thought of this game when announced......but it really needed at LEAST double the playables to be good. Content is KING in games like this.

Mr_Writer852177d ago

20 isn't small at all consider the fact that 19 of them are unique and don't all come from one game. And if you play the game you would find that the none health bar works.

The game is fun it's a shame people automaticity dismiss it.

Nexgensensation2177d ago

believing this would eventually happen. I guess this is what you call a confirmation.

Ritsujun2177d ago

not surprised, the game sucked

darthv722177d ago

hasnt sony done this with other studio games before? Meaning that while they start off being developed by one company, at some point sony takes control of the IP and gets sequels or new content developed in house by their own teams.

business is business and maybe sony felt they were better suited at continuing development than SB.

It sucks for SB but if it means the game will get continued support or possibly a better followup then it is just the way things are done.

Look at god of war. It was started by one development house and then it was later taken over by Sony and has been a staple for Sony ever since.

That doesnt mean the company that started it was bad but it could mean it was more lucrative for sony to shift development to another house and free up the originator to do other projects.

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HarryMasonHerpderp2178d ago (Edited 2178d ago )

Well it sounds like they will be okay since Superbot released a statement saying they are looking forward to the next chapter. I personally liked PS All Stars and can't wait to see what superbot do next.
Good luck to them.

BitbyDeath2178d ago

Playstation All Stars - Goes Multiplatform.


Skips2177d ago

I personally hope Sony Santa Monica does the sequel. Since they were the ones who helped create it in the first place.

It would be pretty damn awesome if the next installment (If one is made) has the gameplay mechanics similar to that of the God Of War MP.

3D environments and all.

zebramocha2178d ago (Edited 2178d ago )

Can some one tell me if they were contracted to make this game? or are they a formation of people from some of Sony's first party studios?

Outside_ofthe_Box2178d ago (Edited 2178d ago )

After reading this article I'm confused...

SuperBot is an independent studio? Didn't Sony hand pick the developers that were of fighting game background to form SuperBot? Or did SuperBot just now became an independent studio because Sony cut ties with them? I am very confused right now.

Battle Royale isn't even a bad game though. So I guess the sales are poor? I don't what it's official sales are, but I heard it was around half a million which is not poor at all when you consider that the game released only 3 months ago and is exclusive and is a new IP. Not sure why Sony would cut ties with them unless if SuperBot were independent from start and only had a contract with one game and if that it is the case then now it makes sense.

mcstorm2178d ago

There were 2 problems with Ps allstars. The 1st one was it was not pushed enough by Sony and the 2nd one was this is not the type of game Sony fans want. Look at lbpk and this is another game ps3 owners don't want. If they wanted games like this they would buy a Nintendo console.

I don't think this game was as good as any if the super smash bros games but it was not a bad game at all. I really enjoy playing the game on my psv and on ps3 with mates but I do think this game would not be misses if it was dropped in development.

maniacmayhem2178d ago

Superbot was formed by an ex Sony employee that I guess still had a great relationship with Sony. They were then contracted by Sony to make PSAS, but they were still very much an independent studio.

The sales must of been pretty bad if Sony is ending their contract (after one game) and moving all DLC/updates to their Santa Monica studio, not to mention the studio laying off it's staff (which most studios do anyways after a project). The game was released at a very bad time and honestly there wasn't that much mass anticipation for this type of game to begin with.

Outside_ofthe_Box2178d ago

Thanks for clearing that up.

Battle Royale was a good first effort imo. I was interested in seeing how SuperBot would improve on the game in the sequel. Maybe Allstars can be a 3-d fighter now that it's in the hands of a different studio as I was hoping for that the first time the game was revealed, but the super only system of this current game is fun and refreshing to me.

yeahokchief2178d ago

yeah wtf

i thought they did a fantastic job on PSASBR.

who is going to do the next game on the PS4 now and what about future dlc?

this is one of the few games i will definitely buy dlc for.

this sucks.

xXBlondieVanHarlowXx2178d ago (Edited 2178d ago )

Granted it wasn't perfect but my friends & i continue to have lots of fun with it. I hope this does not rule out the possibility of a PASBR2.

DeadlyFire2177d ago

Sony likely wanted a 10 star glorious game out the gate, but it didn't come across as that. Still decent and I enjoy it. So they will likely try again I say 2014 we will see a sequel.

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TheTwelve2178d ago

It does suck, I wish Superbot the best.

I've been playing the game since day one. It's not the perfect game, but a really good game. There are some very obvious imbalances...certain characters are just too easily abused and therefore overused (Kratos, Drake, Raiden) and there are simply too many ways to be cheap with the characters that use guns in this game. Like P4A, it becomes in most cases not a matter of skill, but a matter of who is best at being cheapest.

As the guy above me said, having a health bar option/inclusion would have gone a LONG way in balancing the game out.

...but you know it's really hard to make a solid fighting game. Very hard. So many nuances and things to check and test. Street Fighter 2 Championship Edition is a classic for a reason.

I'll keep playing PSABR but I do hope the game's many errors are hammered out.

Again though, all the best to Superbot --- they took on a herculean task.


user39158002177d ago

No, the game suck, tried to make it like mario party and failed. Well done sony, now get rid of the rest and save some money.

Hicken2177d ago

... like Mario Party?

-Bubble, Trolling.

zerocrossing2177d ago


It was supposed to be Sonys own Smash bro's, but it just didn't quite make it...

Im sure more DLC would have helped with adding extra modes, characters and fixed some balancing issues, Im genuinely saddened by this news as I thought that even though PSBR wasn't quite as good as Smash bros yet it definitely had great potential.

I hope this dose'nt mark the end for the franchise.

miDnIghtEr20C_SfF2177d ago (Edited 2177d ago )

Game was a let down, rated and sold lower than they wanted. Too bad for them. Maybe they'll make an original game next time.

ps, great reading all the comments on how the game isn't that great now. Before it came out, SDF was cramming down peoples throats how good this game was going to be. I played the beta, didn't seem that great. Now people are saying how it isn't that great. People who said that before had disagrees up the yin yang, and marked for trolling.

LOL... love when time goes on and you get to see the results of something like this. Vindication for those who said the game wasn't that great. (not that studios were shut down, that fanboys are now saying the game wasn't that good... that part. :D )

Tzuno2177d ago

well the game freaking sucks :) what do you expect?

OhMyGandhi2177d ago

It does suck.
But I believe at the back of everyone's mind, and the elephant in the room, is this: Why didn't they completely copy Super Smash?

I was incredibly excited for a Sony rendition of the Nintendo brawler, and was disheartened by it's change in creative direction.

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Cocozero2178d ago (Edited 2178d ago )

Sony obviously has high standards, if you don't meet the standard you are gone.

-Mika-2178d ago

Pretty much this. The game felt really amateurish. Everything about it was lacking quality. Hopefully if sony creates a sequel. I think they should give it to Sony Japan and have Capcom assist with the development. It would create a great partnership with Capcom and we could actually get a quality fighting/party game.

Oh_Yeah2178d ago

Yeah, whatever team of theirs that made power stone, I'd be happy if they picked up ps all stars.

ZombieNinjaPanda2178d ago

Capcom kills everything they touch. Why the hell would you want it being handled by Capcom?

lizard812882178d ago

Crapcom would DLC it up the ass and then maybe cancel it, due to not enough people joining the dev room....and then blame the fans for not wanting it.

TBH, Sony does a great job with 1st party games. Tekken was a sony exclusive, so maybe have Namco take a crack at it?...Then again, times have changed and Namco leaves everything in Japan these days.

-Alpha2178d ago

I have to agree: production values were nowhere near what they should have been. Undoubtedly, the game was very rough around the edges and was not fleshed out with more options and modes. Post-release suffered from bugs and annoying glitches. And the roster lacked a number of heavy hitters, that will be glaringly obvious.

But throughout all that, I love this game. The core mechanics with the supers, IMO, are fun, and I enjoy the intensity that comes out of playing this game's meta-game. I wish there was more options, more modes, and a lot more in terms of single player, but I was hoping all that was for a sequel. I was really hoping Sony would nurture the studio and that they would pull a bigger budget next time around to maybe get bigger names. But it's just bad luck, and I can't fault Sony for walking away when they've been suffering a string of letdowns as seen by Starhawk, LBPK, Twisted Metal, etc. In the end, it really is about what's best for business.

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SuperLupe2178d ago

When its MS its because they're evil ...

omi25p2178d ago (Edited 2178d ago )

Double Standards at its best.

oops i mean, YEAH GO SONY WOOHOO

PunkXIV2178d ago

this has nothing to do with ms or nintendo, stfu

pepsilover_20072178d ago (Edited 2178d ago )

^ Well i see that we found one person who was just found guilty of doing it. Not gonna name any names, but the arrow should point it out

insomnium22177d ago

Every single thing MS does is centered around the principle of making as much profit as possible. They already abandoned the core gamer by closing down studios and putting hc-studios on projects for Kinect.

From a hc-gamers perspective MS IS pure evil due to the actions they've taken and words they have spoken. It's been one flip flopping EXPENSIVE ride.

But hey atleast they have teh margetsharez!!! Next up Kinectimals 2.

vega2752177d ago

Every company principles are centered around making maximum profits not just microsoft. Thats what all businesses care about which includes market shares.

Sony has also closed down studios. More so recently within the last 2 years and unlike microsoft who would ratther put these studios to work on projects that cater to other gamers to expand to more people than just the core gamer. Sony put studios on project thats in their eyes are suppose to sell on hype and word of mouth. But no marketing unless its ND or a god of war.

But hey I love those commercials for sly4......oh thats right they haven't put one out just like they have with many other games they sent out to die with no promotion

DOMination-2177d ago

You're right this has nothing yo do with MS. But that means to guys shouldn't cone into ab article about 360 games and post your ps3 lists.

MS did shut a few studios down years ago but they've since opened a lot and own nearly 2x what Sony owns.

As for ps3 owners not wanting this game.. Ludicrous excuse. The reason the game was made was because people demanded it. When it was announced there were hundreds of articles here about it.

Anyway this game wasn't eventat bad. Just seemed a bit rushed because Sony didn't have any other games for xmas 2012.

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LAZL0-Panaflex2178d ago

Except for hatchett and frank, or jak and lester.

Reverent2178d ago

Beautiful attempt at trying to be funny there^

Yodagamer2178d ago

Yes because that stopped them from giving resistance to nihilistic after the gem of a game Playstation move heroes. Or the time they closed zipper (they weren't as good as they once were,but they were still doing good) and liver pool.

Good_Guy_Jamal2177d ago

Ah yes, it's Insomniac all over again. Before they went on their merry way, you couldn't say a single bad thing about them without being lynched and having your entire lineage insulted. And then after they went multi and it was open season!
Same thing with SuperBot, people were patting them on the back for a job well done for their first time round and expressing how they couldn't wait for more PASBR from SB. Anyone who said otherwise was labelled an x##t. But now here we are, SONY have cut ties with them and we have to make SONY look like the hero by villainizing SuperBot and making it seem like SONY did the right thing as always.
Tired of this hypocrisy from the SONY fans.
I dare you to find one Xbox fan who carries any bad will towards Bungie for going multiplatform.

PandemicPrawn02177d ago

You make some good points about the double standards around here.

And I have to agree with your veiw on Bungie. They gave us all so much with their work on Halo, in my opinion they earned the right to go independent.


maniacmayhem2177d ago (Edited 2177d ago )

I remember saying something about PSAS being heavy inspired by Smash. I also said that the game just didn't have a lot of appeal to it. I was slammed, called a troll, I was PM'd and was told to provide proof that the game was everything I mentioned as if anything I would say would convince them otherwise.

Now that the game has been out for a while it is funny to see the backsliding and even the absence of some of the folks who defended it so carelessly.

Anyways you are absolutely correct. People need to stop being so involved emotionally with their consoles and look at things with non-objective open eyes.

pain777pas2177d ago

This debacle is not Sony's fault in the least. Superbot were made aware of problems and suggested by fans to make numerous changes to the look of the game, to the UI, to a depleted heath bar, to using too many characters for other characters supers. I mean Clank and Daxter have their own games for crying out loud and Daxter actually sold more than the best selling of the Sly series. Look, we have to be honest they could have made the game look like anything they wanted. Modnation racers has Kratos, Ratchet, Jak, Drake, Sly and company IN AN ORIGINAL art style. Everyone could tell what the Kratos avatar was. They did not even have to try and rip the characters straight out of their games. No imagination. Single player save for the actual fighting mechanics, stages and intro was amateurish at best. The fighting system without depleted health was a miss in addition to supers for more quick kills which would have saved the game. Superbot was bashed over the head and they did nothing but went head long with THEIR GAME. Well this was an easy assignment really. GIVE THE FANS WHAT THEY WANT. We want an encyclopedia on PS IPs in videogame form not some amateurish half hearted stuff. They did not need Crash and Spyro to make a GOOD game. All they needed was tender love and care with what they did have. I want all the cover arts for the game, individual fonts for naming the stages, being able to rotate the camera when you customize your character!!!!!!!!!! The game lacked soooo much and look at Sanzaru 9/10 from Game Informer for Sly 4. They just thought like a gamer and honored the developer and they should be the ones screwing that IP up because that has history. You have so many fans that give instructions and they are ignored because it is SUPERBOTS game. NO Superbot this is Sony playstations fans game. Don't ignore us or this is the end result. Trust me I hope Sanzaru or Ready at Dawn get the job to make the next game because they may not have as intricate a fighting system but they will make a quality and polished game. Also online was broken from the beta and I still play AS CHARACTERS I DID NOT CHOOSE. That is not SONY that IS SUPERBOT not doing their jobs. /rant

PS. I will be positive in most posts this just rubbed me the wrong way and I bought the game to support the devs and advised them to patch the game before the launch in Japan with new UI, story mode etc.... because I said this game is not going to fly as is for Japan it is so amateurish in so many ways. Even they should look to Japan studios to make the next game. We can hope...

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Root2178d ago (Edited 2178d ago )

See Sony you should of waited untill you could get the big names like Cloud, Crash, Spyro, Gabe Logan, Solid Snake etc but you didn't you added third party characters that were obviously done to promote their games instead of waiting to get what we wanted.

I know I wasn't up to them but if they couldn't get the characters then they should of just waited to do this another time. They were in no rush

Lets not forget they have a TON of first party characters themselfs still and nothing, still poor third party characters.

This game could of been so much more and even if you loved it like me you know deep down it could of been.

pr0t0typeknuckles2178d ago

sadly, i agree with every word you said, and it sucks because i was hoping that if there was a sequel we could have seen those characters and could have gotten much more, looks like that wont be happening now, or maybe santa monica will make all stars 2, i think that that would be the best move at the moment, all stars is one of those games with a lot of potential but just needs to build on it to make it a home run game.

smashcrashbash2178d ago

What are you talking about? Just because Superbot is disbanded doesn't mean there is no plans for DLC later. We can still get those characters later.They clearly said 'PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale and the title's forthcoming DLC releases will continue to be fully supported by Santa Monica Studio." Sheeh, read the article before jumping to conclusions.Oh right I forgot.N4G people don't read articles.

Root2178d ago

Having them later when they game is long out is not the same as having them on the release...especialy if you are marketing the game

Crash, Spyro, Cloud, Snake they would of been great to get peoples interests

Veneno2177d ago

And why was there ABSOLUTELY NOTHING from Team Ico.? Not even a crummy STAGE for crying out loud. Thats first fucking party for gods sake.

fantasygamer2178d ago

WTH! I like Playstation All Stars..

LAZL0-Panaflex2178d ago

Game blows. Not one of their better games. Infamous rules, then god of war, then killzones, then uncharted.

WeAreLegion2178d ago

Game blows? Did you play it?!? It's the best brawler since Power Stone 2, dude.

Lord_Sloth2178d ago

I thought it was very fun and showed promise for future evolution of the title. Hope it doesn't die off like this.

Son_Lee2178d ago

Not surprising when you make a terrible game. Pretty bad when you can't even copy Smash Bros. right.

phantomexe2178d ago

I didn't care to much for it ether but it's still worth another game. It could of built success in the long run. Looks like sony is given up on it alittle to fast.

Veneno2177d ago

Yeah they gave up too soon. But I'm certain that we'll see another attempt at this game some time down the road in PS4, when there will be a newer batch of IPs to pull from

Tonester9252178d ago

Because they weren't copying smash bros......

ZombieNinjaPanda2178d ago

Smash Brothers is essentially the standard for the party fighter genre. They took the basic gameplay of smash and then ruined the synergy by giving it that silly 'use ultimate attacks to kill people" only thing.

Would have been fine if it was a game mode by itself, but other than that, nah.

MaxXAttaxX2178d ago

General consensus says otherwise. It is not a "terrible" game nor was it meant to "copy" Smash Bros.