SuperBot and Sony Have Parted Ways
SuperBot Entertainment, the studio behind PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, and Sony have officially separated, ending what could have been a nice marriage. A Sony rep confirmed that “the working agreement with developer SuperBot Entertainment has amicably ended.”
The rep went on to say that “we have had a positive working relationship with this talented studio, and wish them the best of success in their next endeavor. PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale and the title’s forthcoming DLC releases will continue to be fully supported by Santa Monica Studio.” According to SuperBot’s director of operations David Yang, “
We are extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to work on with Sony on PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, and are extremely proud of the work we have done.” Though Yang gave no specifics as to any future plans, he did say that “SuperBot Entertainment will continue working on projects that reflect our passion for games and our commitment to creating award winning titles. We are very excited about beginning the next chapter of our future and invite all of our fans and supporters to follow our journey.” However, not everything is rosy at SuperBot Entertainment.
Yang hinted that layoffs will most likely take place. According to Yang, “We don’t have a reduction plan as of yet, however it is unlikely we can continue with our current work force for an extended period of time. We are still working things out and hope to continue on with as many as us as possible.” Personally, I found PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale to be extremely fun, but when you’re playing with friends. Of course, since the game was made with multiplayer as the focus, not single player, that is to be expected. Still, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale was a quality game, and SuperBot did enough to separate itself from Super Smash Bros. while also establishing its own identity. Unfortunately, due to lack of advertising on Sony’s part, the game did not really sell as well as Sony had hoped. Let’s hope the folks at SuperBot Entertainment don’t suffer layoffs and that they continue to make quality titles.