According to Sony Santa Monica, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale is still being played by thousands of people, so one question I have in mind is, why isn’t this “dedicated community” being supported with more content? Wouldn’t it make sense to generate revenue from such a fanbase who craves new stages, characters, minions, costumes, etc? The last downloadable content released were Zeus and Issac, which were released back in March and the last update was a minor April release with very few changes to be had.
— Sony Santa Monica (@SonySantaMonica) June 22, 2013
Over the past few months, the response we have received from Sony Santa Monica has been that “[they] are supporting online stability for #PSAllStars and [that] is [their] main focus at this time”
— Sony Santa Monica (@SonySantaMonica) June 20, 2013
However, online stability has been at it’s worst with constant black screens, laggy matches, and titles which have not been unlocked after seasons end. We have asked for an extensive list of what they are doing with online stability and if we hear back, we will let you know. In addition to the online stability issues, many characters such as Kratos, Dante, Zeus and Issac Clarke, for example, have not been balanced and give an unfair advantage.
— Sony Santa Monica (@SonySantaMonica) April 1, 2013
What is even more frustrating is that Seth Killian (the lead game designer of Sony SM), during the month of May, teased that they were still working on content for All-Stars. In a stretch of one month, they transitioned from stating that there were updates coming to only supporting online stability. So what happened to this upcoming content and did something fall through? Back in April, Sony Santa Monica also stated that they were still “very much committed to All-Stars” so were those just empty words?
@JDBriggsBlader I don’t have a date yet but there are people working on it. Transitions btw teams are always harder than you’d think :/
— Seth Killian (@sethkillian) May 18, 2013
PSAS tournament should (finally!) be reset tonight w belts awarded. Working on more of course, hope to update soon
— Seth Killian (@sethkillian) May 1, 2013
So can Sony Santa Monica support PlayStation All-Stars? With the transitioning of teams presumably being “harder than [we would] think” and the possibility of the studio working on PlayStation 4 games (according to Shuhei Yoshida, every studio is working on PS4 games), Sony Santa Monica may be finding it hard to work on multiple projects. With thousands of people playing All-Stars every day, however, the game should be supported with more content and from this fanbase, more revenue can come to the company.
To avoid confusion and frustration, Sony Santa Monica should be communicating with the dedicated fanbase of PlayStation All-Stars on what exactly they are working on. Where is this presumed content that Seth was teasing? Are we going to see future DLC? Give us a yes or a no. Plus, how are you improving online stability? Be up front about it rather than being mysterious and prove to us that you’re actually working on something.
So what do you think, All-Star fans? Will we see more content or have you given up on the studio’s assumed “dedication” to the title? What do you want Sony Santa Monica to fix? Comment below.