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Sony cuts ties with SuperBot Entertainment, all future DLC will be handled by Sony Santa Monica

Posted by SFilp • February 4, 2013 at 1:57 p.m. PST
Sony cuts ties with SuperBot Entertainment, all future DLC will be handled by Sony Santa Monica Sony has cut ties with SuperBot Entertainment shortly after laying off a number of it's staff a few days ago. This has been confirmed by both Sony Computer Entertainment and SuperBot's president David Yang.

Sony Computer Entertainment can confirm that the working agreement with developer SuperBot Entertainment has amicably ended.

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

In reply to an email from Kotaku, David Yang, SuperBot Entertainment's president had this to say.

SuperBot Entertainment can confirm that the relationship with SCEA has ended on good terms. 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. 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.

Via Kotaku and sent in by tstywall.

Comments

BeatNinja said on February 4, 2013 at 2 p.m.

Oh snap...

#1
wingzx20 said on February 4, 2013 at 2 p.m.

Does this mean Clockwork is out of a job?

#2
rakuko said on February 4, 2013 at 2:01 p.m.

oooooohhhhhh man.

#3
LeonMarvel said on February 4, 2013 at 2:02 p.m.

@#2 Clockwork is with Capcom now.

#4
Hazzor said on February 4, 2013 at 2:03 p.m.

FailFish

#5
houtori said on February 4, 2013 at 2:04 p.m.

Wasn't Killian working with Sony on this game? I don't know if he has any affiliation with SuperBot... But that would suck to leave capcom to get laid off...

#6
StarGalaxy777 said on February 4, 2013 at 2:06 p.m.

Santa Monica can fix this game

#7
DevilMaySpy said on February 4, 2013 at 2:09 p.m.

I hope Clockw0rk has moved on to bigger and better things.

#8
SnakeX said on February 4, 2013 at 2:10 p.m.

@2

No, he still works for Superbot. It's not like the company is dead just because Sony cut ties with them. This news simply means that they're done being involved with PS All-Stars.

@6

Seth works for Sony's Santa Monica studios. He was not part of Superbot's layoffs.

Let's avoid any sky-is-falling panic, people.

#9
triplefierce said on February 4, 2013 at 2:17 p.m.

I hope they anticipated this and are ready to come out w/ a fighting game of their own! If they can continue devoloping and are successful, they'll establish another path of opportunity for other pro players, in turn driving others to get great at "X" fighting game. Grats on getting the game out Superbot!

#10
Skull7XIII said on February 4, 2013 at 2:22 p.m.

someone cue "Santa Monica" by Theory of a Deadman.

#11
illness690 said on February 4, 2013 at 2:24 p.m.

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#12
WBK_ZER0 said on February 4, 2013 at 2:31 p.m.

so this just means that super bots is now a sub-company to santa monica right?

#13
illness690 said on February 4, 2013 at 2:32 p.m.

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#14
Crazcar said on February 4, 2013 at 2:32 p.m.

These sort of articles tend to fly over people's heads as some don't quite understand how businesses work/partner and instead take things at face value. >.>

Long story short. Nothing to worry about.

@13 Seems like it. And they work under Sony too.

#15
HatlessFool said on February 4, 2013 at 2:41 p.m.

Neat, looking forward to what Seth Killian does with PSABR now that it's under his studio, and looking forward to what SuperBot makes on their own.

#16
Dutchling said on February 4, 2013 at 2:56 p.m.

But this game had all my favorite Sony characters like Big Daddy from Bioshock, Dante from DMC and Heihachi from Tekken...

#17
Yarott said on February 4, 2013 at 3:01 p.m.

From what I can tell, cutting ties means the studio is now a 3rd Party that doesn't just work for Sony anymore.

#18
jme said on February 4, 2013 at 3:13 p.m.

so....superbot is gonna make multiplatform games now?

#19
theshredder39 said on February 4, 2013 at 3:20 p.m.

That's fine, and it makes sense because Omar did work on some multiplatform games in the past.

#20
TrueGamingGuru said on February 4, 2013 at 3:29 p.m.

@12 That doesn't mean the game flopped, its just that Super Bot is done with the main game that was release, because they got laid off which is very common on work business.

#21
TrueGamingGuru said on February 4, 2013 at 3:31 p.m.

@15 Lets be honest, these other people will never understand business. Heck they will never really know how videogame business really works, even certain details leads to the truth.

#22
irrenmann said on February 4, 2013 at 3:31 p.m.

@illness690: "Well I guess that means the game flopped."

They are already hiring for work on its sequel, so no.

#23
illness690 said on February 4, 2013 at 3:33 p.m.

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#24
xShonuffx said on February 4, 2013 at 3:39 p.m.

@24 Burden of proof is on you. Provide us what you found.

#25
illness690 said on February 4, 2013 at 3:49 p.m.

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#26
thf24 said on February 4, 2013 at 4:11 p.m.

@15 This. It kills me every time I see people on here telling us exactly what a company or the industry is doing or thinking when they have no idea what they're talking about.

#27
TrueGamingGuru said on February 4, 2013 at 5:46 p.m.

@24 If its that link in your comment #14, I did read it.

Heres a few things to respond about this...

1. Sales chart & Blockbuster games: It honestly no surprise that games like COD, AC3, & Far Cry 3 is over populated, while fighter games (I hate saying this) is mediocre to marketing. Heck I remember a topic that Tekken Tag 2 made $100,000 sale which was not good, my guess is that Borderlands 2 made more sales than Tekken Tag 2.
Another problem is the gamers themselves, when comes to any fighter game (depends on game) theres a learning curve no matter what buttons you got for each game, what a big group of people will say is "fighting games is too hard" even if it was simple buttons the problem is that people don't want to learn anything, they would rather play something completely easy its brain dead (no hate nor bash intend) games like COD because its about click and shoot thats pretty much about it.
2. Characters from certain Genre: Mostly with characters (even with Mature rated games), that pretty much is that theres been history of Playstation in general that these Mature games were very popular from God of War, Devil May Cry, & Killzone. Another fact is Playstation don't make more classic icon characters for all ages something you would see in the 80s to 90s from Mario, Sonic, Megaman (Rockman), Banjo & Kazooie, Donkey Kong etc.
3. Money: Well its another thing, not everyone is rich or has something special, I can understand that money isn't the faint of heart. Heck I didn't buy a few games that I'm interest, but there were certain games more importain to me.

Despite everything Playstation All-Stars is a very good game, it only depends on what people are actually interest and it can't please everyone.

#28
illness690 said on February 4, 2013 at 5:52 p.m.

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#29
CrossoverFighterRyu93 said on February 4, 2013 at 6 p.m.

First Wipeout, then Starhawk, now this. Sony isn't screwing around anymore. Once they see the sales weren't so hot and their game below 80, It just goes for the kill. I can already see Insomiac dealing with this.

#30
illness690 said on February 4, 2013 at 6:10 p.m.

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#31
TheTHCGamer said on February 4, 2013 at 6:16 p.m.

This is what happens when you release a game where the outcome of matches is determined if you land your super or not. Go ahead tell me how great this game is but that factor makes the outcome of matches more random.

#32
TrueGamingGuru said on February 4, 2013 at 7:20 p.m.

@32 The outcome isn't random, there is techinal skill to explore or ways to get a free kill. The game outcomes is not the right reason, its like what comment #14 said. Heres another thing what Nintendo, Capcom, Sega, Namco, Rare, Ubisoft etc. has is what Sony & Microsoft lacks and that is iconic all age mascot character.

#33
BlazinKoolBreez said on February 4, 2013 at 9:40 p.m.

#11 I got u,
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w...

#9 phew,thanx for the info now I can turn my sky-is-falling panic switch off

On the game, I think the game was a flop out of my whole friend list I seen 2 b the only one who plays PSAS if they are not working for Sony, they should lower DLC cost to $2 each since Sony cant heckle them about money, mayb..jus a thought

#34
DustinFong said on February 5, 2013 at 3:32 a.m.

Why would you have Americans make a fighting game, Sony?

#35
BumblebeeCody said on February 5, 2013 at 5:45 a.m.

Wouldn't surprise me if this game flopped due to pathetic Nintentards pointlessly hating on this game because it's a "rip-off" of Smash Bros.

#36
throughsilence said on February 5, 2013 at 6:04 a.m.

I was just going to say the same. I'm sure the 3 iterations of Smash made that game the staple party/ffa/team fighter in a console. No one cares for a new release of that kind of game anymore. A little too late imo.

#37
AkumaMishima said on February 5, 2013 at 9:45 a.m.

I didn't buy this game because it's core gameplay is unappealing and its choice of characters is poor.

#38
Ex_Ein said on February 5, 2013 at 11:09 a.m.

Akuma you're crazy on the poor choices(I respect your opinion on gameplay but disagree, this cast was the most diverse cast of heroes, anti heroes, villains and just normal people(Parappa, FP and Toro are not really heroes just people going through life and having Adventures) that has ever existed in a cross over game. Only two characters act remotely the same in terms of moveset and even the final boss is very inspired as it's literally a forgotten godlike creature.

#39
JasmineCrams08 said on February 5, 2013 at 12:39 p.m.

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#40
Skull7XIII said on February 5, 2013 at 3:10 p.m.

@34
i guess that song fits too.

#41


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