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Unannounced PlayStation All-Stars Characters, Stages Buried in Beta Code

Fighting game beta buries references to unannounced content deep in its code and said references are subsequently extracted and spread around for all to see.

Leaks: way cooler when you write LEAK LEAK LEAK all over parts of the image.

It looks like some carefully laid marketing plans got burned over the weekend as some interested parties with access to the PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale beta have done a bit of digging through the beta's files and uncovered a mess of unannounced content, from characters to background stages.

Folks posting on Reddit and NeoGAF started getting deep into this stuff on Saturday and uncovered the following additions to the game's already announced playable roster.

I suspect this image is used on some sort of stage select screen in the game.

Unannounced background stages were also discovered, including one based on BioShock Infinite's floating city, Columbia, and an Uncharted stage that appears to have players jumping across a series of trucks that are falling out of the back of an airplane. GameSpot has compiled a list of the other uncovered information, including a list of items and unplayable minion characters. GameSpot also contacted Sony, who had no comment on the authenticity of the files. They are, however, totally authentic.

So how does something like this happen? We'll probably never know the whole story, but I bet the people responsible for removing references to unannounced content before packing up the beta are probably hating life right about now. It'll be interesting to see if Sony goes for the old Capcom play of pretending that the leaks never happened and meting out the rest of the roster at Gamescom, PAX, and other similarly opportune points for info distribution.

Now that this next (and presumably last) chunk of the playable character roster is out there, how do you feel about PlayStation All-Stars? Seems like a good group with some nice third-party inclusions, but it's sort of surprising that there's no Crash Bandicoot on the list. Well... there's always DLC, right?

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Posted by Jeff
Leaks: way cooler when you write LEAK LEAK LEAK all over parts of the image.

It looks like some carefully laid marketing plans got burned over the weekend as some interested parties with access to the PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale beta have done a bit of digging through the beta's files and uncovered a mess of unannounced content, from characters to background stages.

Folks posting on Reddit and NeoGAF started getting deep into this stuff on Saturday and uncovered the following additions to the game's already announced playable roster.

I suspect this image is used on some sort of stage select screen in the game.

Unannounced background stages were also discovered, including one based on BioShock Infinite's floating city, Columbia, and an Uncharted stage that appears to have players jumping across a series of trucks that are falling out of the back of an airplane. GameSpot has compiled a list of the other uncovered information, including a list of items and unplayable minion characters. GameSpot also contacted Sony, who had no comment on the authenticity of the files. They are, however, totally authentic.

So how does something like this happen? We'll probably never know the whole story, but I bet the people responsible for removing references to unannounced content before packing up the beta are probably hating life right about now. It'll be interesting to see if Sony goes for the old Capcom play of pretending that the leaks never happened and meting out the rest of the roster at Gamescom, PAX, and other similarly opportune points for info distribution.

Now that this next (and presumably last) chunk of the playable character roster is out there, how do you feel about PlayStation All-Stars? Seems like a good group with some nice third-party inclusions, but it's sort of surprising that there's no Crash Bandicoot on the list. Well... there's always DLC, right?

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Posted by RTSlord

Wheres my dang bandicoot?

Posted by hakunin

Knew this would happen

Edited by Cyrisaurus

I'll say this:

These files are from the beta. The beta is from a build of the game they used to first announce the game in April. So it's probably a build from last year. (Also, there is a screenshot in the files that shows a date of 2/24/2011, so theres that)

Yeah, this is legit and reveals characters and levels in the game, but there is NO REASON to believe that it is final, or that it confirms a lack of certain characters or levels.

There is still hope for Crash, Spyro, etc.

Time will tell.

Anyways, Sir Daniel making it in is more important to me than anything else. I'm glad they got him in.

Also, que people crying about day 1 DLC when they have already confirmed that everything on the disc is unlocked and there will be no day 1 DLC

Posted by Lazyaza

Oh wow its Ninja Theory Dante, oldschool dmc fans gonna be pissed about that decision no doubt.

Posted by Rayeth

No Banicoot, no sale.

Posted by Athenor

@RTSlord said:

Wheres my dang bandicoot?

Not owned by Sony? And who knows how much they would've had to pay the current license users to get him. Same goes with Spyro, especially post-skylanders.

Edited by JamesJeux007

Hell yeah Daniel Fortesque ! MediEvil is an amazing game !

Posted by Overbite

This character list is sad. Could have been a lot more.

Posted by Spoonman671

 I'm still holding out hope for Lavitz Slambert--the faintest glimmer of hope.

Posted by Ravenlight

@Lazyaza said:

Oh wow its Ninja Theory Dante, oldschool dmc fans gonna be pissed about that decision no doubt.

Don't worry. Classic costume Dante will probably be day-one DLC :/

Posted by MooseyMcMan

I think it's interesting that Good Cole and Evil Cole are two separate characters. I hope they play more differently than the "clone" characters in the Smash Bros. games have over the years (because as cool as Ganondorf is, I don't like that he plays like slow Capt. Falcon).

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Posted by Beforet

Sir Daniel Fortesque = First Day Purchase

Edited by eloj

More likely than not, no one was assigned the job of "removing references to unannounced content" specifically. I think many still think of the PS3 as a Secure System.

Also, "games" need to get over themselves wrt shit like this.

Posted by Dagbiker

No Kevin Butler, No Buy.

Posted by Hailinel

Still looks like a poor man's Smash Bros. Sony should have tried something original.

Posted by ImmortalSaiyan

I find it weird that they are pulling a starkiller with the new Dante. Why not use the old design?

Posted by Phatmac

Surprised at the lack of Laura Craft, Spyro, Cloud, and Crash. Still, this list of characters is more interesting than any thing Smash Bros can come up with. Parappa alone is more interesting than any Nintendo character.

Posted by Drayco90

@Phatmac: @Phatmac said:

Surprised at the lack of Laura Craft, Spyro, Cloud, and Crash. Still, this list of characters is more interesting than any thing Smash Bros can come up with. Parappa alone is more interesting than any Nintendo character.

Crystal Dynamics seem to have been buddying up more with Microsoft for the new Tomb Raider and flat out (and quite rudely) said she would not be in the game to a fan on Twitter. My guess is that Square will be pushing for Lightning to make the cut, instead of Cloud.

I'm excited for this game still- Sir Dan is going to be amazing if true, and while Ratchet and Sackboy were expected, I'm certainly happy for their arrival. Nariko will add a much needed female character to the roster, and I'm sure Raiden will have a more interesting move list than Snake. I prefer the new Dante to classic Dante, so I'm fine with that as well. All in all, this game gets more exciting looking to me with each piece of news, official or otherwise. Looking forward to more reveals not leaked here.

Posted by Rowr

@Overbite said:

This character list is sad. Could have been a lot more.

I agree, seems like they favour some weaker characters just because they are from newer franchises. I guess the reasoning might be that they can still sell copies of those games on the ps3

Posted by Deusx

This is and will continue to be a SMB rip-off. I have a Playstation and couldn´t be less excited for this. Their characters are just incredibly boring. I hope Nintendo hurries to release SMB Universe for the Wii U and 3DS so I can play a real Arcade Brawler.

Posted by zombie2011

I'm kind of disappointed in the line up of characters.

Posted by Hailinel
@Phatmac

Surprised at the lack of Laura Craft, Spyro, Cloud, and Crash. Still, this list of characters is more interesting than any thing Smash Bros can come up with. Parappa alone is more interesting than any Nintendo character.

OPINIONS.

Also, I highly doubt that a Final Fantasy character will be on the roster. Not as long as Square Enix has their own crossover brawler.
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Posted by Enigma777

I sure as hell hope that's not the full character list. Also Nariko? What the fuck?

And that better not be the new fucking Dante!

Posted by Soulblitz

Does it really need two versions of Cole? Really?

Edited by BitterAlmond

@Deusx said:

This is and will continue to be a SMB rip-off. I have a Playstation and couldn´t be less excited for this. Their characters are just incredibly boring. I hope Nintendo hurries to release SMB Universe for the Wii U and 3DS so I can play a real Arcade Brawler.

Don't you mean Super Smash Bros?

And I'll give it a shot if it's more fun than Brawl. What a disappointment that one was. At least we have Project M.

Also, yeah, where are Crash and Spyro?

Posted by MrMazz

The lack of a Crash Bandicoot in this game is sad. He is basically Playstations Mario during the PS1 era.

Edited by TheKing

@Phatmac said:

Surprised at the lack of Laura Craft, Spyro, Cloud, and Crash. Still, this list of characters is more interesting than any thing Smash Bros can come up with. Parappa alone is more interesting than any Nintendo character.

This isn't the unpopular opinion thread. But, either way your opinion sucks.

Edited by Silver-Streak

Evil cole as an extra character slot is kinda meh.

Kessler as an extra character slot would work. Hell, the whole thing could have been him fucking around with Time to train Cole in the first place, then causing something that made realities leak into each other.

Ninja Theory Dante being included is poor taste, although I wonder if Ninja Theory made it a requirement for them to get Nariko, or something.

Other than that, the rest of the picks look pretty great. Still want Snake in there.

Also, if we're going for Esoteric picks, Parappa needs to be counterbalanced with Gitaroo Man

Posted by MiniPato

I feel like they're putting in these third party game characters/stages just to sell games on the PS3. BIOSHOCK INFINITE, DMC, METAL GEAR RISING, BEST PLAYED ON PS3! Granted MGS and DMC were big PS2 franchises.

Also Ape Escape kid looks really weird.

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Posted by Phatmac

@TheKing said:

@Phatmac said:

Surprised at the lack of Laura Craft, Spyro, Cloud, and Crash. Still, this list of characters is more interesting than any thing Smash Bros can come up with. Parappa alone is more interesting than any Nintendo character.

This isn't the unpopular opinion thread. But, either way you're opinion sucks.

Talk to me when Nintendo lets me fight as a rapping dog. I love Smash Bros, but I like this roster better since it has such a wide variety of strange characters that are in the same game.

Posted by TooWalrus

Is Heavenly Sword worth playing? I bought my PS3 with the intention to play all of it's exclusives, but I haven't got around to that one yet.

Posted by JDillinger

@Hailinel: Play the game first troll.

Posted by DoctorWelch

Well there still has to be more characters they are planning to announce...right...right?

Posted by TheKing

@Phatmac said:

@TheKing said:

@Phatmac said:

Surprised at the lack of Laura Craft, Spyro, Cloud, and Crash. Still, this list of characters is more interesting than any thing Smash Bros can come up with. Parappa alone is more interesting than any Nintendo character.

This isn't the unpopular opinion thread. But, either way you're opinion sucks.

Talk to me when Nintendo lets me fight as a rapping dog. I love Smash Bros, but I like this roster better since it has such a wide variety of strange characters that are in the same game.

KK Slider sings and plays guitar. That's close enough.

Posted by BlackLagoon

@Enigma777 said:

I sure as hell hope that's not the full character list. Also Nariko? What the fuck?

The beta files had no reference to Big Daddy, so it certainly isn't the complete list. Nor can we say for certain that all of these characters will be in the final version - it's hardly unheard of for games to cut content if they're not happy with it after all.

Posted by Hailinel

@JDillinger said:

@Hailinel: Play the game first troll.

I'm not trolling. It just looks bad.

Edited by JDillinger

@Hailinel: Back up your claim otherwise you're just trolling.

Posted by TooWalrus

@Phatmac said:

Surprised at the lack of Laura Craft, Spyro, Cloud, and Crash. Still, this list of characters is more interesting than any thing Smash Bros can come up with. Parappa alone is more interesting than any Nintendo character.

Yeah... I'd argue that Mr. Game & Watch was just as exciting as Parappa.

Posted by Siphillis

@Dagbiker said:

No Kevin Butler, No Buy.

No Tretton, No Buy.

Posted by Hailinel

@JDillinger said:

@Hailinel: Back up your claim otherwise you're just trolling.

It looks like a generic Smash Bros. clone with no sense of originality or cohesive style. The gameplay, as demoed at E3, did not look fun.

But above all, it's my personal opinion. If you have a problem with that, feel free to disagree. Otherwise the only one trolling here is you.

Posted by Phatmac

@TooWalrus said:

@Phatmac said:

Surprised at the lack of Laura Craft, Spyro, Cloud, and Crash. Still, this list of characters is more interesting than any thing Smash Bros can come up with. Parappa alone is more interesting than any Nintendo character.

Yeah... I'd argue that Mr. Game & Watch was just as exciting as Parappa.

Sure!

Posted by Fire_Of_The_Wind

That makes it 20 total characters, that's too few for a crossover game, they need at least 30.

@Ravenlight said:

@Lazyaza said:

Oh wow its Ninja Theory Dante, oldschool dmc fans gonna be pissed about that decision no doubt.

Don't worry. Classic costume Dante will probably be day-one DLC :/

Or it could be his Devil Trigger super since that's what happens in DMC.

Posted by Vigorousjammer

The inclusion of the dude from Medieval is a great pick. Kid from Ape Escape is also good.

As for the rest... ehhhh. Also, no Crash Bandicoot? seriously, wtf?

Posted by TheHT

Pretty awesome. Especially having MediEvil guy. I'm liking this more and more.

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Posted by JDillinger

@Hailinel: You're free to have your own opinion but when you go around popping off at the mouth on things you don't know about you're going to get called out on it. Especially when you don't provide anything to back your assertions.

Posted by Hailinel

@JDillinger said:

@Hailinel: You're free to have your own opinion but when you go around popping off at the mouth on things you don't know about you're going to get called out on it. Especially when you don't provide anything to back your assertions.

My opinion is based upon my own observations. Whether or not you or anyone else agrees with it is not my concern. Why you're concerned that I'm not falling in love with this game, I have no idea. Surely there are better things that you could be doing with your time.

Posted by Kowalo

The cole and evil cole thing seems pretty dumb. Why not just make it a skin. Other than that I think it's a decent roster. I have a feeling they'll have a good chunk of character dlc.

Posted by probablytuna

For a second there I thought Spike was Cloud in his original FFVII overworld blocky look.

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