Met by a somewhat lukewarm reception, Sony crossover brawler, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, hasn’t quite lived up to the high expectations of many.
Since launch, the now-independent SuperBot Entertainment supported the game with four new playable characters (Kat, Emmett, Zeus, Isaac.) After cutting ties with the studio, Sony handed the game to Santa Monica who are believed to working on additional content.
Even so, the departure of SuperBot has left a cloud of uncertainty looming above the IP and its future prospects. Perhaps even more upsetting is the discovery of 3D renders from artist, Mike Edwards, which suggest the culling of a classic PlayStation icon.
Though not familiar to everyone, Dart is the lead protagonist of The Legend of Dragoon, a cherished JRPG from back in the PSone era. It’s debatable as to whether his presence would be welcomed more than newer characters such as Emmett Graves of Isaac Clarke though part of All-Stars’ downfall was its lack of heritage icons.
Earlier this year it was confirmed that DLC based on Abe’s Odyssey was also cancelled as part of the Sony/SuperBot break-up.
Fans are now calling for Santa Monica to revive the two characters in a Twitter campaign, spreading the #ReleaseAbe and #ReleaseDart hashtags. The social network has been a vehicle for a slew of gamer petitions but it’s unclear as to whether anything will come of this particular outcry. All-Stars suffered poorly in the charts and, with Santa Monica presumably prepping for next-gen, developing content for the flagging fighter may be hard for them to justify.