PlayStation takes on the Super Smash Bros. formula.
Back in 1999, Nintendo was very successful in bringing some of their top franchises together to create the ultimate brawling game. That game was Super Smash Bros. and it was a pretty big deal. Why? Because it was a major crossover title, party and fighting game with four players fighting on the same screen in a crazy melee. The formula worked well enough for two sequels, and a third announced for the 3DS and Wii U. But Nintendo isn’t the only company out there with a wealth of video game heavy hitters that people would like to see duke it out. Sony wants to play too.
Rumor has been floating around the past few months of a Smash Bros. style Title Fight for the PlayStation, and Sony has now officially announced it as PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. So that’s a bit of a mouthful. Let’s shorten it to PS Battle Royale. So what exactly is this game? Beyond the seemingly obvious similarities to Super Smash Bros. it’s basically…Super Smash Bros. but with PlayStation characters. For instance, you can play as Kratos, Sweet Tooth, PaRappa, and Fat Princess. Those are the ones featured in the gameplay below, but we would assume other characters like Jak and Daxter, Ratchet and Clank, a Helghast, and possibly even Nathan Drake will be joining the fray.
The battles take place on the familiar 2D plane with crazy stuff going on behind the characters, making each level dynamic and interactive. Additionally, instead of the sort of single universe stages from Super Smash Bros. like Hyrule Castle or Pokémon Stadium, PS Battle Royale will collide two different game universes together for each stage, such as Patapon and God of War. For more info check out the interview with Omar Kendall, game director from SuperBot Entertainment, the studio behind this title.
So yeah, it’s Super Smash Bros. dipped in PlayStation and I’m totally okay with that. I love Smash Bros. and I love a lot of the PlayStation characters, and they have wonderful and creative universes that could collide in many different ways. I’ll be keeping my eye on this one and you should too.