Ed Boon, one of the creators of Mortal Kombat, has expressed his interest in a PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale sequel.
The NetherRealm Studios creative director, who also helped to co-create DC fighting game series Injustice, took to Twitter with a simple request.
Let’s see another! pic.twitter.com/XQEileTGFB
— Ed Boon (@noobde) September 8, 2021
Considering the PS3 game’s lighter tone and aesthetic compared to Mortal Kombat, we wouldn’t have pegged Ed Boon for a PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale fan.
Developed by the now-defunct SuperBot Entertainment, PSABR launched in later 2012 and was also released for the PlayStation Vita. The game featured a strong cast of PlayStation icons, both old and new, from Sweet Tooth and Kratos, to Sackboy and Fat Princess.
Sitting on a MetaCritic score of 74, it failed to wow critics despite the hype leading up to its reveal. It’s unclear whether PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale was in any way a commercial success though the lack of a sequel suggests it probably didn’t wow Sony execs either.
With Sony’s PlayStation Showcase twenty four hours away, we’d be very surprised to see a sequel to this crossover fighting game make its debut. That said, there’s miniscule part of me clinging to the possibility of NetherRealm heading up a PSABR.
Since 2012, it’s fair to say that PlayStation’s stable of mascots have surged in popularity. Not only that, they’ve taken on plenty of new recruits, from Joel and Ellie, to Jin Sakai, Aloy, and Kratos (with a beard).
If a PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale sequel was ever to enter development, there would likely be a slew of popular third party characters waiting to fill out the roster.
At launch, we were particularly enamoured with Sony’s answer to the Super Smash Bros. series. In our review we awarded the game a spectacular 9/10:
To put it simply, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale is exactly what a mash-up should be – not single game environments, not stories that only include the character of one specific game, but a fusion – a celebration even – of the brilliant PlayStation games that we all know and love.
It’s a complete package with a few flaws, but ultimately a brilliant purchase for both PlayStation and fighting fans. Get some friends around – or play with them online – and have an absolute blast with SuperBot’s brilliant debut.
Meanwhile, NetherRealm Studios have yet to announce their next game. Unless they plan to unveil a completely new IP, our money is on an Injustice 3 reveal.