PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale Is Gateway to Hardcore Fighting Games

The game might show players what the genre can offer

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, the new fighting game from Sony, is not exactly a hardcore title, but one of the main developers working on it believes that the experience will drive some players to try other titles like Street Fighter or Marvel vs. Capcom.

Seth Killian says that it is unlikely that PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale will be part of the line-up at the next Evo tournament, which specializes in fighting games.

Talking to Eurogamer, he added, “I hope it is for two reasons. One, because the game is interesting enough and fresh enough to deserve a place there. But that’s also not how games are decided at Evo. The decision is also based on which games players want to play. So, it’s got to find popular support in terms of the players.”

The second reason has to do with the characters PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale includes, which might draw fans of other series to the fighting game genre.

Another advantage of the new game from Sony is the simple core concepts, which allow any player to jump into the game and quickly understand all the mechanics involved, even if they never become very good at it.

“It opens the door with a simple control scheme. That’s critical to get new people into the door. I would love it if people who played All-Stars played Street Fighter and Marvel. You need a gateway drug,” he stated.

It’s unclear whether PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale can capture the imagination of players who have grown up playing Mortal Kombat or Street Fighter.

At the moment, the development team is working on extra characters for the fighting game, with Emmett Graves, from Starhawk, and Kat, from Gravity Rush, leading the line now.

The pair will be offered for free for a period of two weeks.

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