We may know all of the characters included in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, but one aspect where we’ve been left in the dark is Battle Royale’s cross-universe story, and in an interview with CVG SuperBot CEO Omar Kendell shed some light on the single-player mode in All-Stars:
We take inspiration for our single-player story mode from traditional fighting games. You’ll select your character, you’ll find out what brings that character to the PlayStation All-Stars universe, what they’re doing there, and what their motivation is. You’ll play in a couple of different match types against various different characters, and then we have this rivalry system. This goes back to one of the very basic motivating ideas that contributed to the PlayStation All-Stars becoming a video game, which was the idea of fantasy match-ups.
Omar then continued onto more specific examples, and rivalries:
Like, what would happen if Ratchet and Clank met up with Jak and Daxter? We actually have a rivalry concept in the game where, during each character’s individual arcade progression they’ll meet a rival, and that will introduce easter egg type elements. We sort of have fun with different characters. For instance, Dante in the game, his rival in the game is Nariko, both of those characters obviously being handled by Ninja Theory. It’s little things like that that we’ve played with. Then of course they’ll meet at the end what we’re calling a “boss battle”, but we’re not talking about that. There will be a resolution there. Obviously the story of All-Stars isn’t exactly canon, we don’t want Kratos and Drake to go back to their universes and reference [our story], but we’re having a bit of fun with it.
What’s exciting here, is that we’ve got a minimum of 20 characters and according to this every single one of them will receive at least 4 cutscenes: an origin, a rival meet, a boss confrontation (that also includes your rival’s reappearance) all concluding with a sequence that ties that characters story together.
The focus on “fantasy match-ups” and easter eggs is compelling too; who wouldn’t want to see Sly, Ratchet, and Jak’s paths cross? Or the clown fearing funny man Nathan Drake running for dear sweet life from the sadistic Sweet Tooth?
What epic, or wonderfully silly PlayStation cross-over character scenes do you want to see All-Stars bring to life? – If Sackboy slaps Kratos Battle Royale has GOTY written all over it.