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Sony Ends Relationship With SuperBot

SCEA cuts ties with PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale developer.

Sony have closed all connections with PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale developers SuperBot Entertainment, it has been confirmed tonight. The Smash Bros-esque brawler crashed at retail, despite some hugely positive reviews.

“SuperBot Entertainment can confirm that the relationship with SCEA has ended on good terms,” says SuperBot’s director of operations David Yang. “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.”

“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.”

The studio recently laid off a large number of staff.

Sony have been condensing their roster of studios over the last year or so, with Sony Liverpool being a notable recent casualty. Call of Duty Vita developers Nihilistic were another, and Starhawk developers Lightbox Interactive moved on from console development last year.

27 Comments
  1. Taylor Made
    Member
    Since: Oct 2011

    Wow the quickest lay off of a studio ever. I loved allstar it’s a gem that had potential if advertised right.

    Comment posted on 04/02/2013 at 22:14.
    • cc_star
      Team TSA: Writer
      Since: Forever

      It was advertised all over, in one of the biggest campaigns I’ve seen from Sony who’s campaign over that period dwarfed rivals.

      One thing Sony did do this time around was advertise… unlike most of their other underwhelming projects of the past year or two.

      Comment posted on 05/02/2013 at 14:13.
  2. skibadee
    Member
    Since: Oct 2009

    was a good game just not many PS3 fans cared for it shame.

    was Superbot ever owned by Sony?

    Comment posted on 04/02/2013 at 22:18.
  3. Starman
    Member
    Since: Jul 2011

    Was hoping for some more dlc characters after Kat & Emmett. Guess that won’t be happening.

    Comment posted on 04/02/2013 at 22:23.
    • ProjectJAY
      Member
      Since: Aug 2009

      Sony Santa Monica will continue to support future DLC, is the official word ;)

      Comment posted on 04/02/2013 at 22:25.
      • Jakster123x
        Member
        Since: Aug 2011

        Damn, you just beat me to it ;)

        Comment posted on 04/02/2013 at 22:26.
      • ProjectJAY
        Member
        Since: Aug 2009

        My work here is done!
        *ninja smoke bomb*

        Comment posted on 04/02/2013 at 22:32.
      • Starman
        Member
        Since: Jul 2011

        Ah that’s good then. Thanks.

        Comment posted on 05/02/2013 at 00:44.
  4. Jim Hargreaves
    Member
    Since: Nov 2009

    All-Stars is a sound game but, for reasons unknown, I haven’t been motivated to play it for some two months now.

    Comment posted on 04/02/2013 at 22:23.
    • ultimatepunchrod
      Member
      Since: Sep 2009

      I felt that way, and then when I was bored at a friend’s place, I turned it on…and ended up playing it for about 2 hours online. It’s a pretty fantastic and surprisingly deep game. This is quite a bummer.

      Comment posted on 05/02/2013 at 14:16.
  5. Jakster123x
    Member
    Since: Aug 2011

    Damn, they didn’t get much of a chance. At least the team still exists i guess.

    Comment posted on 04/02/2013 at 22:24.
  6. ProjectJAY
    Member
    Since: Aug 2009

    Booooo. I thought I read somewhere Sony was satisfied with PSASBR’s performance? At least they’re staying open for now.

    Comment posted on 04/02/2013 at 22:24.
  7. Temascos
    Member
    Since: Jan 2013

    Damn that was quick. Wasn’t Superbot intended to be Sony’s fighting game studio as well? Not a sustainable business plan to have if it goes down after one game. Hopefully the developers will survive or quickly find other projects, Sony better bloody pay them as well for their efforts.

    As for All Stars future, Santa Monica in charge of DLC gives it a small degree of confidence and they’re a talented lot (And in a stable organisation as well). But I think most of their efforts are now Vita or next-gen, All Stars will get three or four sets of characters I’m guessing.

    Comment posted on 04/02/2013 at 22:32.
    • avengerrr
      Member
      Since: Oct 2012

      Yeah I feel sorry for the devs on this one as all stars was supposed to be flagship title of Sony gaming, an icon, and a loveable game but I guess the figures didn’t add up for Sony. If Sony have the IP we may see a sequel, personally the game looked good but it wasn’t my foray; I couldn’t see the attraction in playing as radec or drake, nor some plain old bumping and bashing about.

      Comment posted on 04/02/2013 at 22:42.
  8. Kennykazey
    Member
    Since: Mar 2010

    That sucks! I was hoping for a great sequel. Gotta stick with Nintendo for a cross-franchise fighter then. Let’s hope Sony can have Santa Monica make a sequel.

    Comment posted on 04/02/2013 at 22:33.
  9. tactical20
    Member
    Since: May 2010

    Should have been a budget game at launch. Just way too much competition at Xmas from big franchises to be full price. I’d have probably grabbed it for £20, but for £40 it was always way down my ‘wants’ list.

    Comment posted on 04/02/2013 at 22:36.
  10. Bodachi
    Member
    Since: Jan 2010

    Sad to see them part ways as All-Stars was one of my favourite games last year. Hopefully it won’t be the end of the game.

    Comment posted on 04/02/2013 at 22:46.

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