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The PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale roster has gained two new members, including Gravity Rush’s Kat and Starhawk’s Emmett Graves. There’s also a new level to check out, “Fearless,” that mashes up Heavenly Sword and Wipeout, as well as a wide array of new Minions to help cheer on your favorite characters.
This likely comes as bitter-sweet news to fans of Sony’s mascot brawler, as it was recently announced that they and the developers at SuperBot had recently parted ways. This is only speculation, but it’s likely that PSASBR’s less-than-stellar sales likely had something to do with the split. While SuperBot’s work on All-Stars is all but wrapped up, Sony has confirmed that their team at Santa Monica Studios will continue to support the game through DLC updates and patches.
Still, while All-Stars wasn’t quite a smash hit, it looks like the teams behind the game are making good on their word to keep some post-launch material coming out. Both Kat and Emmett were made available through the PlayStation Network yesterday afternoon and, as promised, both are 100 percent free for the first two weeks. After that, each character will cost $4.99 a pop. Both Kat and Emmett come with all of the expected trimmings, including their own campaigns, challenges, rewards and alternative outfits.
The Fearless level was also made available for $1.99 yesterday, starting players off on a high platform taken from Heavenly Sword before plunging the battle into a cavern that just so happens to be a high traffic area for a race from Wipeout.
I spent some time with both characters yesterday afternoon, as well as the new level, and it’s all quality stuff. Kat is a fast and fun close-to-mid-range brawler while Emmett’s ever-changing arsenal of equipment makes him a versatile character at range. The Fearless map offers some nice variety, too, as combat starts off on a single, medium-sized platform before shifting to a multi-tiered arena with an entire wall (or sideways road, rather) serving as an environmental hazard.