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Skullgirls Encore, the hit indie fighter from Lab Zero Games, is primed to step onto the stage for another round of battles as the developer announces impending launches on both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. Now fighting fans will be able to duke it out as their favorite violent vixens via Sony’s latest home and portable consoles.
So far, the only launch window we’ve received for the PS4 and Vita versions of Skullgirls is “Sometime in 2014.” No price point has been set, but since the PS3 and PC versions of the game go for 15 bucks, that’s a pretty safe bet for these new ports. No word yet on whether or not it will be a cross-buy title, either.
This is, of course great news for fight fans on the PlayStation 4, as the genre has been woefully underrepresented so far in this new generation of gaming. If nothing else, being one of the only brawlers available on the console should help convert some new fans, which should come as great news to the game’s devout fans. And then there’s the Vita version, which will let players take the fight on the go, which is always a welcome piece of news.
Skullgirls has made quite a few headlines over the past few years, coming from a team of die-hard fighting fans, artists and programmers. The game launched on the PS3 and eventually came to the PC with a smaller than average roster of eight characters and only a handful of modes. The fighting, though, was rock solid, and the animations for the unique cast of fighters are gorgeous.
After battling its way through a publisher change in 2013-14, the game arrived in an enhanced form for its original platforms as Skullgirls Encore, boasting some fixes, a revamped tutorial and some new content. After a successful Indiegogo campaign, the team is now in the process of delivering a handful of new playable characters, all of which will be added free of charge for players new and old in the coming months. The first two DLC characters, Squiggly and Big Band, have already made the cut, with Beowulf, Eliza and Robo-Fortune still coming down the pipeline. Here’s a quick gander at the next free fighter, Eliza.
According to Lab Zero CEO, Peter Bartholow, the PS4 and Vita versions of Encore will come with all of the same content as the PS3 version, including loads of artwork and “All Play” lobbies.
“Skullgirls Encore for PS Vita will also be playable on PlayStation TV, and support up to two local players using DualShock 3 or 4 controllers,” Bartholow added. “We’ll have more info on features and pricing as these exciting new versions get closer to launch.”