Data miners have delved deep into the PlayStation All-Stars beta, unearthing new characters, stages and game modes.
Over the weekend, a closed beta for the upcoming PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale ran for PlayStation Plus subscribers in Singapore and Hong Kong. While others were playing the game, though, a couple of NeoGAF members took the chance to delve into the data files and see if they could unearth any extra details. The result is a host of leaked characters and stages that, if the source is reliable, should make an appearance in the final game.
From character portraits and filenames, the NeoGAF users have determined that the new characters include Spike from Ape Escape, Sackboy from LittleBigPlanet, Sir Daniel Fortesque from MediEvil, Raiden from Metal Gear Solid and Dante from Devil May Cry, among others. It's also rumored that Sackboy will have a role similar to that of either Mokujin in the Tekken series or Kirby in Super Smash Bros., being able to use skills from other characters.
Some of the data relates to pre-existing characters such as Tekken's Heihachi and Jak & Daxter's titular characters. Interestingly, though, there is no mention of the already-confirmed Big Daddy of Bioshock fame, so Sony must still have something up its sleeve to reveal soon. David Hayter, who provided the voice of Solid Snake throughout the Metal Gear Solid series, has already mentioned that he is providing voice work for the game, and there are also rumors floating around that an "RPG character" will make an appearance.
The leak also revealed snippets of text from within the game, unearthing modes such as King of the Hill and Capture the Flag, as well as the more mysterious "Grabinator" (potentially an item or ability for Sackboy), "Great Mighty Scythe" (seemingly a reference to Patapon 3) and "You gotta do what? I gotta receive!" (presumably a super ability for PaRappa).
As usual, Sony has refused to confirm or deny the leak, telling IGN that it "[doesn't] comment on rumors or speculation." We won't know for sure whether the new additions are accurate until the company's GamesCom presentation on August 14, but for now here's the list of new characters and stages from the leak:
- Dante (Devil May Cry)
- Evil Cole (Infamous)
- Nariko (Heavenly Sword)
- Raiden (Metal Gear Solid)
- Ratchet (Ratchet & Clank)
- Sackboy (LittleBigPlanet)
- Sir Daniel Fortesque (MediEvil)
- Spike (Ape Escape)
Stages (in gallery order):
- Time Station (Ape Escape)
- Columbia (Bioshock: Infinite)
- Alden's Tower (Infamous)
- Invasion (Killzone)
- Franzea (LocoRoco)
- San Francisco (Resistance)
- Paris (Sly Cooper)
- Black Rock Stadium (Twisted Metal)
- Stowaways (Uncharted 3)