It’s been a crazy last several weeks regarding all things PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. Originally it started with my E3 2012 Q/A where the bulk of the questions asked by you were related to the game, in which shortly after I said that this summer would see a lot of character reveals within a certain 60 day time period (and you got 4 of them up to this point).
After that came my Heihachi and Toro hints prior to EVO and last weekend with my last batch of hints that Cole MacGrath came out of (and good job once again to all of you for figuring it out…I tried not to make it too obvious) and the rest within that will be revealed at upcoming events.
Anyways, things are about to pick up soon, as I will be providing a new Q/A like I have done in the past. I don’t have an immediate date planned for one reason: I want to learn more before I create the feature, so that I can possibly answer more. I could easily create the article sometime this week, but I’d be much more satisfied if the information I was sharing came from the most recent build, instead. I will try not to leave you hanging for long.
Thank you to Mr. Omar Kendall and the SuperBot Entertainment team for being very cool and understanding about everything that’s transpired. You’re truly a great crew!
At this time, I would simply like to share some thoughts with you…as I feel it’s important to help people understand where I’m coming from once in a while.
I’ve known about the game for about 2 years but only revealed it in October, 2011. If I wanted to, then for the 6 months leading up to when the game was finally shown in full, I could have gradually let out the first batch of characters, stages, details, etc.
Instead, I gave a whole lot, all at once to please the fans and get people excited. It was also at a time where I wasn’t told to “not” put anything up, so I did it all for the fans.
I decided to let SuperBot have Big Daddy for E3 however, because I know they worked hard on it and deserve as a studio to have some “first” on their own game. It was also just 3 weeks prior to the show that I got an update from my source about the inclusion of Big Daddy. Nathan Drake was known about for a long time already, by that point, and was in fact mentioned in my original story.
I try to be respectful of the developer, my source, and all of you. And the reason for my hints being increasingly more cryptic is because of establishing a relationship with Omar and his team at E3 and agreeing to not say too much to the point that they have no surprises themselves left.
I did meet with both Omar and the rest of the SuperBot team at E3 2012 on two separate occasions: once on Day 2 and once on Day 3. Also, for the record, from the very beginning I said that my friend and thus, source that has been providing me information on this game for nearly 2 years is somehow affiliated with this game’s development. You can think of all of the credits you see in a game, including the motion capture people, artists, sound engineers, marketing campaign folks, voice actors, investors, building rent managers, security guards, one single SuperBot employee, one single Sony employee, a character licensing agent from a 3rd party company that’s permitting Sony and SuperBot Entertainment to use their character, an individual composing music for the game, an actor for a trailer or commercial, and so many other possibilities…yes, I have been in this industry for about 13 years now. Yes, I know plenty of wonderful people from various companies. Some of which are true friends in my real world, some that are e-mail and phone pals that I talk with only a dozen times a year, some that are just Facebook friends that do the occasional “hello” to, and some that I see on just an event-to-event basis. But I know many and it’s always expanding).
Could I tell you everything now? Yes. Would my source in particular be upset? No, as long as I put up the news when given permission to. (That has always been the agreement). Would all of you love to hear the last 1st and 3rd party characters? I guarantee you would. But would SuperBot be hurt? Yes. There are company’s stocks to consider, press events that have time and money put into them, and not to mention just being mindful of when they would like to announce things.
Would I get in trouble? No I wouldn’t. But as a man and not a journalist, I’m doing things the way I am to please everyone. Journalist Paul still does have fun wow’ing the Internet but there’s more to it than hits and fame. It’s just how I handle my business.
Some people are so incorrect with what they’re saying and the fact of the matter is, any random person can say the words, “Paul Gale said that Master Chief was gonna be shown at EVO as a character in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale…lol, what a liar!”
And with zero background work done, some other random individual can say, “Wow, how lame. He LIED to us!”
Then you’ve all of a sudden got a little pocket of people that now have a false sense of identity about me. But this goes for anyone. If you’re a troll and want someone that you don’t like, understand, etc., to be on the receiving end of some “hate”; all you have to do is plant an artificial seed…a lie, in the heads of a few others, and in your little world…mission accomplished.
I never said that I was meeting up with Omar on a regular basis. I never said who was my source. Did him and I in fact meet twice at E3 this year? Yes we did, we discussed things, I told him my side of the story, him and the rest of the SuperBot team asked me certain questions, and at the end of E3 and thus the two different times in which we spoke, everything is cool between us. I have agreements with them that I don’t have to uphold for any “legal” reasons, but rather out of respect, because I am a man that believes that there are more important things than just being a very leaky faucet in order to get 15 minutes of fame.
My goal isn’t to hurt anyone. It’s to provide entertainment and try to do so without causing anyone any internal damage. Does that link on the top left of my page go to SuperBot’s e-mail accounts? Yes it does. I spoke with them at E3 and was told that they have received all that I submit.
Am I still in contact with my source and good friend that is involved with the game’s development in some capacity? Yes. Have I written to SuperBot post-E3? Correct again and just letting you all know, that periodically, I will continue to share your thoughts in that article (and possibly in other places that you leave on my site) with SuperBot, Sony, and my friend.
But the funny thing is, even me writing this here now, speaking my behalf, will do very little in the grand scheme of things. Why? Because somewhere you’ll have one kid say to another, a lie, that kid will take it as the truth, and that kid will “hate me”. Journalists are told to never get in with it, with their readers. We’re told to not bother with the critics because there’ll always be haters. “If you read comments, it’ll hurt your feelings.”
I’m beyond that, because my life revolves around much more than one game. I’m involved in plenty of fields and am confident enough that little words don’t hurt me. Why then am I even backing myself up? Because I’m speaking to you all as a man, as a friend, and as a fellow gamer right now…and not as a private stock analyst/investor, journalist, personal trainer, martial arts instructor, video game developmental designer, etc. I’m a gamer like all of you and my words and intentions are sincere because I LOVE this industry more than anything.
I guess the only way to get more people to understand where I’m coming from is for the word to spread. My site reaches a certain audience, but certainly not everyone out there is a reader. If you like the way I operate and choose to do so, you backing me up is appreciated and I thank you for it. That’s all for now. Thank you for your time.