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Clarifying some facts about the most asked question over PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale: Its final roster.

August 8, 2012

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In this PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale article from last week, I confirmed that there were 18 known characters in the game prior to an official weekend update with my source, in which I then learned of several more. With these added final representatives, the end roster in the game exceeded 20, and that’s where I left things at.

Fast forward to last Friday’s Street Fighter 25th Anniversary event in Los Angeles, where I spoke with some of the crew from SuperBot Entertainment (in this story), and I revealed to them that even with the leak, I wouldn’t unveil any final characters that are disc based or coming from DLC.

We did talk about my hints and they appreciate my approach as of late and what I plan to do from here on out. That being said, there are some questions that I have been dodging, as to not 1) Ruin any certain surprises that are what people want 😉 and 2) Not say that certain characters did not make the cut, thus derailing some people’s hype train.

So what I’m saying here is that many out there will be plenty satisfied with the final count. My riddle to you: “PlayStation characters of old and new, borrowed and true, Pacific and Eastern, some just terrific…and others you (y)earn.”

Amongst the different pictures I’ve put up, there are several hints…some of which have already been deciphered, with those characters now being out. Other hints have been successfully picked apart by some clever gamers and reflect yet-to-be revealed roster fillers. Those that truly believe they’re right on the money with my picture hints and with what I’ve written about some future characters, might be right…whereas others will no doubt, frown. There’s more to come than you know and more to come than what you think you know. My best advice to all of you at this point, is to be optimistic about what SuperBot Entertainment’s first attempt at such a game winds up being, for it is overall…pretty awesome.

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DiogoLouro August 9, 2012 at 12:08 am

Hey Paul, thanks for the update!
Well, could you give us some hints for Gamescom reveals? Also, could you say something about the “leak” that happened today? I mean the site update that got shut down a few moments later.
Thank you, keep up the good work!

Paul Gale August 9, 2012 at 12:14 am

You’re welcome and I might provide some more hints before Gamescom, but I don’t have anything immediately planned.

DiogoLouro August 9, 2012 at 1:12 am

Thanks Paul! We’d appreciate if you could give us some hints!

And could you answer one little thing?
Are there any characters that no one has thought about? Like, a complete surprise?

RUCussingwithme August 9, 2012 at 12:14 am

Thanks for the update paul. Its really awesome!

But uh, could you maybe comment on teh website leak. People are kind of freaking out at the idea of 3 tekken characters on the roster….

But anyway thanks so much

Paul Gale August 9, 2012 at 12:18 am

I did state from the beginning that my martial arts picture may not necessarily have been intended for just Heihachi, but I won’t comment beyond that…

RUCussingwithme August 9, 2012 at 12:21 am

Mother of God.

Anytime anyone mentions this game or anything about it i just get hype XD

Thanks paul!

Paul Gale August 9, 2012 at 12:29 am

Oh yeah, definitely worth getting hyped over! You’re welcome!

RUCussingwithme August 9, 2012 at 12:39 am

And im going to make a guess on your other thing for the heihachi hint.

Ryu Hayabussa (S?) Ryu is a fighter character, street fighter of course. GENIUS. XD

Katisnotinthegame August 9, 2012 at 12:19 am

So 30 characters?

We just saw the possibility of Ryu Hayabusa, Jin, Kazuya and maybe Clank getting his own slot.

That’s already 24 characters in total including the massive leak from the beta.

I doubt your Jet Ski photo was a hint for any of the characters already leaked, and we’re still missing Cloud or Lightning from Final Fantasy, Snake, Crash and Spyro at the least. Throw in others like Wander and we’re reaching 30 characters in the roster!

Your shirt says old school, it’s gotta be PS1 right? Crash? Spyro?

harley2947 August 9, 2012 at 12:26 am

So as for the Jet Ski Hint, what percentage of people got it dead on right?

Paul Gale August 9, 2012 at 12:32 am

Ooh, I knew this would be asked. I won’t say “no comment”, but I’ll say “no percentages”. Surely people want some surprises…right!?

soviet prince August 9, 2012 at 12:46 am

honestly if crash is in I like to know since it will change my view on this game

soviet prince August 9, 2012 at 12:47 am

well you have been ignoring my questions so I am prob getting on your nerves but this is an urgent matter as you may know for two min an updated psas site was up and people that were on got some things from it they will effect how many people view the game?
link 1excert from site:

link2 showing characters : http://community.us.playstation.com/t5/PlayStation-All-Stars-Battle/Okay-clear-as-day/m-p/37813405/message-uid/37813405#U37813405
1) is there really going to be 3 tekken reps?
2) also ryu was found in the banner as well
3) is clank a seperate character from ratchet like it showed in the pic

harley2947 August 9, 2012 at 1:24 am

Yes, we certainly do, the forums have gone crazy over the weird website thing so I dipped away from it, it’s too chaotic.

Tetiro August 9, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Hey harley, I think the forum has started to calm down about it. Still give it a few days but yeh, I think it’ll be all fine soon

Kiyao August 9, 2012 at 1:29 am

I do, and I hope nobody else leaks stuff, it kind of starts pissing me off.

Katisnotinthegame August 9, 2012 at 12:30 am

So 30 characters?

With the recent leak, assuming Jin, Kazuya, Ryu Hayabusa and Clank are part of the roster then we’ve already got 24 characters.

You and SuperBot say the fans will be happy with the roster, if that were true then I would personally say the fans would be happy if we got Snake, Cloud/Lightning, Spyro and Crash. Add in others like Wander and that would mean we at least get 30 characters if not more.

And did that martial arts picture represent Jin/Kazuya or SOMEONE else?

Zalman August 9, 2012 at 12:44 am

Everyone knows that Crash Bandicoot is the most requested character for this game. Even Paul Gale. Since he told us to be optimistic about what SuperBot has in store for us, I think it’s pretty safe to say that the jetski picture was a Crash Bandicoot hint! (At least I hope so…)

One thing’s for certain: When/if Crash Bandicoot gets officially announced, I’m going to be the happiest gamer alive. Oh, how I miss that bandicoot.

CSRPAYSRHO September 4, 2012 at 4:01 pm

You actually won’t because i will be at least as happy as you. CRASH…MUST…BE…IN…THIS…GAME!!!!

maniaxe August 9, 2012 at 12:50 am

Hey Paul I really appreciate that you keep us all updated!
One thing is bothering me though…does the fact that Raiden is a playable character in this mean we don’t get Solid Snake as a playable character? I mean so much evidence points towards his inclusion….but I really don’t know what to think.

akuhei August 9, 2012 at 1:25 am

As excited as I am for the game, reading your updates always seems to bring my hype level back up to when I first saw the original six characters, so props to you. What you’re doing is working quite well.

A couple quick questions, though. The first one is concerning the riddle you left for us tonight. Are you referring to the roster as a whole, or entirely to “undisclosed” fighters? It seems fairly straightforward, but it also changes entirely depending on how you interpret it. I don’t really expect a clearcut answer, but I figured it was worth a shot.

Secondly, can you give me a “nudge nudge, hint hint” if you have any information on whether or not a NIS representative made it into the game? A good friend of mine would basically only get hyped if there was, and it’s starting to be a buzzkill since I’ve had to listen to him for quite some time now. Once again, I don’t expect a very clear response (if one at all), but I appreciate the fact you looked over this comment anyway.


Kaydos August 9, 2012 at 1:57 am

Pacific eh?

(y) = thumbs up.


Joblade August 9, 2012 at 3:05 am

Oh man the anticipation for this game is killing me but thanks for these little pieces of information about the game, I may have gone crazy without them lol.

angelbless August 9, 2012 at 3:41 am

Hey Paul!

I have been following the information in your network since it only seemed as a “crazy” idea with pics of Sweet Tooth and I really appreciate all the information you have provided us.

That being said, I think that if the questions about the cast are so important is that for many, the decision to buy or not this game will be mostly based on whether or not their favorite characters are included. (Im not included since I know I will buy the game even if all my favorite characters are not included, obviously I will feel a little frustrated and disappointed but thats all :P)

There are a lot of speculation, confirmed and unconfirmed leaks, etc. but dont you think that if some of them are true (such as 2 Coles being separate characters, 3 Tekken characters in Tekken – though Jin could be the assist Kazuya or the other way -), wouldnt this “steal”, in some way, spots in the roster to include some unique series characters?.

One more thing, speaking of the characters that havent been leaked in any way, I know you can not give us much information yet, but there are some series that are being discussed very much in the forums and the online community, some of the most renowned ones are Final Fantasy, Assassin’s Creed Tomb Raider and Crash Bandicoot.

Perhaps can you tell us (hint us in any way) what do the people from Square-Enix, Ubisoft and whoever has the rights to Crash now, think about the game or the possibility of including their IPs?

Final Fantasy is one of the all times most important sagas in the world of video games and was very important for the beginning and growth of the PS1 bank in the 90s.

Assassins Creed is one of the most important sagas from the modern times (Mass Effect too, but for now I leave it aside as It started as a Microsoft exclusive). Its inclusion could be used as a way of promoting the new ACIII (same for the new Tomb Raider) as could be the inclusion of Raiden and Dante (possible leaks) for the same purposes.

and Crash Bandicoot, which was arguably for the PS1 what Mario Bros. is for Nintendo and many Sony fans have been wishing its inclusion Sony from the start.

Thanks a lot and keep up the great work!

Coopergang1 August 9, 2012 at 4:24 am
DanteDMC August 10, 2012 at 3:07 am

Aw your Sneaky!!!^ lol

DuranLucian August 9, 2012 at 4:45 am

Well, I only have two questions…

1. Which 3rd party company would you like to see apart of this game in the future? I.E. Capcom, Square-Enix, etc.
2. Is there a character from Square-Enix in this game?
3. Do multiple 3rd party companies have more than 1 rep in this game?

don44 August 9, 2012 at 4:46 am

Hey paul! thanx 4 that update. it really got me hyped 4 the roster, but there is one thing I have 2 ask and I know u probably cant say anything about it, but in that massive leak a few days ago the uncharted 3 cargo plane stage was shown and a bioshock stage with the city in the sky thing. are those actual stages cuz they said not all of those things will be part of the final game.

kouchan August 9, 2012 at 4:51 am

“Pacific and Eastern”

I want to believe Paul but so far everything from already revealed character and leaked stuff hinted that SCEJ character will heavily underrepresented (so far only 2 of 12 character revealed, and nothing from leaked list), no SCEJ JRPG character are hinted at all despite having ton of games, (poor wild arms), and no first party female from japanese franchise gonna make it to character list. I still wish the final roster will not be western heavy.

could you please tell me, can i hope that the final roster would make me excited? (especially for playstation fan that mainly play japanese games from ps1/2 era and psp (which all of them are known for JRPG console))

Donkey Kong August 9, 2012 at 6:22 am

Makes me wonder which character will people be mad if they’re not in there


stargateheaven August 9, 2012 at 7:10 am

Nice riddle. lol.
You are like a batman villian… paul gale. 🙂

power12 August 9, 2012 at 7:22 am

Hi Paul, these latest leaks have got me worried. They seem to suggest that we will have multiple character reps from a franchise that isn’t even first party. I know many people here are fighting games fans and I have nothing against Tekken but I just think that they are taking up roster spots that could be available for more unique characters that would please a wider variety of Playstation fans. These characters being Wander, ICO/Yorda, Chimera, Ethan Mars, Kat, Cloud/Lightening and even though I’m mostly over the fact that it’s possible they’re not in I’ll just throw Crash and Spyro in too. I feel this has been on a lot of fans minds. My question to you Paul is will there be multiple reps from a franchise and theoretically if there were would it take away the chances of some great unique first party characters getting in even if there not even close to the ones I mentioned.

I’ve been a fan of your coverage on this since day 1 when this was revealed in November and have really expanded to enjoy all of the content on your site! It’s really great! It would mean a lot if you would answer my question and I appreciate all you’ve done for the fans!

GrayGhost August 9, 2012 at 5:17 pm

It’s Playstation All-Stars, not Sony All-stars.

ratchet3yo August 9, 2012 at 8:43 am

are their going to more 1st party charcters than 3rd party. Cause when I saw the leak with these namco characters, it made me feel that whats with all of these 3rd party characters? why did they called this PLAYSTATION all stars?

Dmonzy August 9, 2012 at 8:59 am

Something old, something new
Something borrowed, something blue
And a silver sixpence in her shoe.

BossDooley August 9, 2012 at 10:28 am

So I think the leaks are a very well orcastrated PR campaign which is good. Lots of Hype and surprises are coming from these “leaks”. So I think the likes of the former mascots Crash and Spyro are in it and its is probably the last 1’s to announce but what do you make of this screen 🙂 http://thegamingliberty.com/wp-content/uploads/CRASHTOMBA.jpg Crash, Ryu, Sackboy, Tomba, Spike and rest 🙂 http://thegamingliberty.com/index.php/2012/08/09/crash-tomba-confirmed-for-playstation-all-stars-battle-royale/ Anyway, nice to have yourself releasing info, but its getting lots of screen and print time and I’m delighted. I’m waiting patiently for EU BETA codes 🙁

snakeponge August 9, 2012 at 11:43 am

Does the color of the Oldschool Shirt be part of the Hint? (sorry for my bad english i’m french!)

joe747323 August 9, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Hey paul just one question, i know that there are going to be some more character reveals at gamescon, but when in is gamescon, i definetly don’t want to miss character reveales of the best game ever.

Thanks for all the hints and info you’ve been giving us, keep up the good work.

Tetiro August 9, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Hey Paul, another great blog post. I do have a question. It’s not a “what” question but a “do you” question. Mainly out of curiousity lol

Do you know who will be revealed at GamesCom? If so, how hard has it been to seal the lips to prevent bursting the reveals out? 😛

Tetiro August 11, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Worded my question wrong lol

Do you know who will be revealed at GamesCom? (But don’t tell us who!)

ben August 9, 2012 at 2:37 pm

“PlayStation characters of old and new borrowed and true, Pacific and Eastern, some just terrific…and others you (y)earn”

New and old characters, both first and third party, from Western and Japanese developers, great characters characters, some being unlockable…
(y) is the 25th letter of the alphabet. And MY bet is 25 characters.

Tetiro August 9, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Okay guys, listen up! Clockw0rk that the only Tekken characters in are Heihachi Mishima and Kuma!


So we can all chill now!

Katisnotinthegame August 9, 2012 at 6:21 pm

So Clockwork just said ONLY Heihachi will be in, I thought you said that your Martial Arts photo represented more than just Heihachi? Seemed like you were implying that it could have represented Jin and Kazuya, but they were just debunked. What gives?

soviet prince August 10, 2012 at 10:04 pm

he prob said that in order to not confirm anything am I right mr.gale

Paul Gale August 11, 2012 at 10:02 am

July 6th I gave two character hints that were intended for that night’s EVO reveals and they were for Heihachi and Toro.

Also on July 6th, I explained why the hints meant what they meant.

On July 10th, in response to DuranLucian, I said, “You did well on guessing Toro. As for the fighter image, perhaps it could be used for more than just Heihachi…”
**I never did specify the yes/no and who/who not**

And to DevinRobertson, I said “You’ll see eventually!” in regards to what other characters will be in the game.

On July 13th, I said that my “flexing picture” may have further implications than just representing Heihachi.

On July 29th I put up my Q/A in which I come forth with new information, that’s supposed to represent the final build of the game, characters and all. Prior to this weekend, I did not know all that there was to the game. It was in this story that I even said things such as “James Bond didn’t make the cut” and “My PlayStation Home Avatar idea didn’t make the cut”. Some of the information that I got also reflected in one way or another, my previous hints.

On August 9th, I said “I did state from the beginning that my martial arts picture may not necessarily have been intended for just Heihachi, but I won’t comment beyond that…” in response to RUCussingwithme about other Tekken characters being in the game. I said nothing beyond that.

In time, all will make sense.

G2 tiger August 9, 2012 at 7:16 pm

Paul, if I may ask, what is Solid Snakes/ Big Bosses role in the game? I know the voice actor that voices them ( David Hayter) has been leaked by eric laden via a tweet but there has been no word on it and it may seem that Raiden is the MGS rep in this game but I would like some clarification on the matter. Thanks for all the hints on the characters!

Paul Gale August 11, 2012 at 9:29 am

How different franchises’ characters fit in the final product will all make sense soon enough…

G2 tiger August 11, 2012 at 7:49 pm

I’m hoping for the best that one of them will be in but even if they aren’t I’m still pumped for this game.

DjEmCee August 9, 2012 at 8:38 pm

“PlayStation characters of old and new, borrowed and true, Pacific and Eastern, some just terrific…and others you (y)earn.”

I GOT IT!!!!

The riddle is obviously confirming Morgan Freeman as a playable character!!!! Just thing about it. Old and new. Borrowed and True, he has lived in both Pacific and Eastern Coasts, and everyone yearns for him. OMFG YES!!!

Paul Gale August 11, 2012 at 9:28 am

Finally someone got the hint as intended to be! 😉

DanteDMC August 10, 2012 at 3:04 am

Can i just ask this its unrelated to characters, but Is Kevin Butler in the game, make an appearance, or could you give me a hint if he has any part in this game?

Paul Gale August 11, 2012 at 9:27 am

There are some far fetched things that you’d think would not be in the game, that are…and others that you want, but aren’t. Sorry to be vague.

The_Killah29 August 10, 2012 at 10:55 am

Why not just say how many characters are in the final roster, but still not tell us who’s in it?

Paul Gale August 11, 2012 at 9:25 am

I would like to but have an agreement with SuperBot that I would not give away anything more that’s too concrete.

The_Killah29 August 11, 2012 at 2:02 pm

OK. I respect that as a gamer, and hopefully a future game developer.

But as a gamer, this is all just feels like a big tease. XD LOL

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