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Dart from Legend of Dragoon was cancelled as a DLC character for PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale

Posted by Jonathan 'Catalyst' Grey • June 30, 2013 at 6:25 p.m. PDT
Dart, a character who appeared in The Legend of Dragoon, was a cancelled as DLC fighter for PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale.

No official reason was given for this character's cancellation, but Sony cut ties with SuperBot Entertainment back in February of this year, a few days before we reported that about 20 people lost their jobs at SuperBot Entertainment.

Various accounts said that PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale sold poorly, but a Sony representative had previously stated that the, "sales are right on target with expectations and we are happy with them," and the game had appeared in the top 10 PS3 and Vita game best seller list for December 2012.

While it's not completely clear what happened with PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, SuperBot's Mike Edwards released a few images of Dart, noting that he was a cancelled DLC fighter for the game.

You can check out a few images of Sir Daniel's dragon armor, which Mike Edwards also put up on his website.


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Source: Mike Edwards's website. Tips from Derede, Bluefang14 and multiple anonymous readers. Some information from IGN.

Comments

SquallSaga said on June 30, 2013 at 6:24 p.m.

Shame. Would have bought the game just for him. Legend of Dragoon FTW !

#1
lillarry3 said on June 30, 2013 at 6:28 p.m.

Seriously?! I wanted him in this so bad. Game was okay but really needed a better cast, though I did enjoy them all pretty well. I'm almost hoping for a sequel just to try and get an upgraded cast lol

#2
dro2191 said on June 30, 2013 at 6:28 p.m.

wait whats PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale this game exsits??!!!

#3
Damiera said on June 30, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.

That was about the only thing that would've brought me back to the game, damn shame. Only other thing that could do the trick is Crash Bandicoot, but he is 3rd party these days.

#4
ShinzoBishamon said on June 30, 2013 at 6:33 p.m.

Dart would've just been god tier and bodied everyone

#5
Tensa said on June 30, 2013 at 6:33 p.m.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO I would have brought this game geez sony why why why Dart was the only character I wanted hopefully Sony brings LOD back at LEAST

#6
ShinzoBishamon said on June 30, 2013 at 6:33 p.m.

and also its good to see that people on this site have also played such an amazing RPG :P Legend of Dragoon da bes!!!

#7
scoooorn said on June 30, 2013 at 6:34 p.m.

Totally would have mained Dart. I wish Sony would acknowledge this game exists more often.

#8
compbros said on June 30, 2013 at 6:35 p.m.

I said, even on a podcast, that if this game had Dart I would put my money down that second.

#9
SeriphAngel said on June 30, 2013 at 6:36 p.m.

I WOULD HAVE BROUGHT THE GAME IF HE WAS PUT IN IT!!!! I KEPT SAYING BRING OUT LOD CHARACTER!!! Great job people...

#10
DarkSamehada said on June 30, 2013 at 6:36 p.m.

.......why. dart imo is one of the best rpg chracter of all time in my eyes he should be in the game and yes he this game is way over do for a remake yes remake sony make it happen L.O.D is Fword gold

#11
chEEsewhEEls said on June 30, 2013 at 6:37 p.m.

the fact that dart was not included in this game was literally the only thing that kept me from needing this game. now that i know he was planned i feel kinda bad for not supporting the game but at the same time im really pissed that they didnt include him in the original roster. i know many people wouldve bought the game simply to play as dart, myself included

#12
SaikyoBro said on June 30, 2013 at 6:37 p.m.

New character(s) would've done wonders in bringing attention back to the game :/

Honestly, I want SuperBot back. You can tell they really WANTED to make the game better (multiple DLC characters and balance patches), but everyone else was constantly screwing them over. Sony saw the game as a cash-grab, Santa Monica doesn't care enough to make any DLC (or even release the DLC costumes they've already made), and by the very nature of the game a lot of the reviewers just WANTED to hate it. Shame that the odds of this game getting any support in the future are slim-to-none. Oh well, onto Smash 4...

#13
wallie said on June 30, 2013 at 6:41 p.m.

This game died so fast, and it was such a shame. Good people like Clo0ckwork and Seth Killian worked on this game. I think the game should of gone down the path of something like injustice. Injustice had a really good story mode, and all stars was garbage, Injustice has great depth, but isn't very hard to get into, and so on. I think that if they make all-stars 2, they should really use injuctice as inspiration.

#14
Mexican_Guy said on June 30, 2013 at 6:43 p.m.

Santamonica is doing a great job ignoring the game, seriously sony has other studios that should've given the chance to work on it.

#15
Snatcher said on June 30, 2013 at 6:43 p.m.

VOLCANO

#16
SeriphAngel said on June 30, 2013 at 6:44 p.m.

#14: As long as they take no inspiration from the female models unless that inspiration is to not ever make anything that looked that bad.

#17
Tensa said on June 30, 2013 at 6:46 p.m.

yo I'm happy you guys love LOD it was such a sick game I do wish that psasbr played different than being a poor man's smash bros..

#18
Batmang said on June 30, 2013 at 6:47 p.m.

Man that SUCKS! Why couldn't we get him instead of Zeus :(

#19
chrismcandless said on June 30, 2013 at 6:49 p.m.

they should've fixed the bug where you could only kill people with supers

#20
JiCi said on June 30, 2013 at 6:49 p.m.

Wow, how low can Sony go?

This game sounds more like some loud-mouthed newcomer at Sony won a contest to make a game, decided to make a SSB game with Sony characters, but Sony voluntarily screwed the game because they didn't like the newcomer.

They have 200+ IPs... and yet still had to go with 5 3rd-party characters and not many retro characters...

God, who managed the selection process anyway?

#21
CrimzonWolf777 said on June 30, 2013 at 6:53 p.m.

Aaaaand that's why I got rid of the game.

#22
Model_M said on June 30, 2013 at 6:54 p.m.

:'(

#23
Rome_Himself said on June 30, 2013 at 6:55 p.m.

I was waiting for a LOD character or atleast stage.

#24
Ultim87 said on June 30, 2013 at 7 p.m.

Quintuple dammit! I was loving this game until Santa Monica was given the reins and killed the game to promote, what, God of War: Ascension's multiplayer? Do people still play that? Regardless, I loved this game. Even for what it was, it beat out Okage for my favorite Sony IP. Honestly, its death is why I am now refusing to buy any Santa Monica games from now on unless they update PSASBR; the game was intended to be updated with DLC, yet they only released Isaac and Zeus, for obvious reasons. I was really pulling for Dart, too; the game lacked an RPG rep. Upon hearing this, NOIW I'm PISSED!

#25
Wardog said on June 30, 2013 at 7:03 p.m.

I hope they make a new Dragoon game. I love that freaking game... xeno gears,FF 7 & 8 and legend of dragoon. I couldn't sleep cause of these games.

#26
MentalFloss said on June 30, 2013 at 7:06 p.m.

Another thread full of "if game had this I'd have bought it."

No.. no you wouldn't have or you would own it already. Just like the multitudes of people who shout for particular characters in games and whine incessantly until they include them... then never play them.

#27
shinra358 said on June 30, 2013 at 7:10 p.m.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXTQeS...

Toldja the game wouldnt do well :P

#28
Major_Dog said on June 30, 2013 at 7:12 p.m.

(This user was banned.)

#29
Dedemaru said on June 30, 2013 at 7:14 p.m.

@13 - couldn't have said it any better myself, man

#30
ShinzoBishamon said on June 30, 2013 at 7:15 p.m.

@29 because its totally impossible for people to know about a character from an amazing game right?

#31
Portal23 said on June 30, 2013 at 7:18 p.m.

MADNESS HERO!!!!

#32
CheeseCakez said on June 30, 2013 at 7:23 p.m.

BLAZING DYNAMO!

#33
Darklurkr23 said on June 30, 2013 at 7:27 p.m.

Awww jeez that would've been cool. I mean I wouldn't have paid for him but people that did.

Reason this game died is because you can platy it in what like 2 hrs? XD

No reason to play it past what one 2 v 2 victory and a couple of 2/3x kills? Then story mode and BOOM your done.

Should've put a nice 100hr Gold in it to force playage from the whores

#34
ZenTzen said on June 30, 2013 at 7:29 p.m.

wow, that would be pretty sweet.

personally i'm hoping sony announces Legend of Dragoon 2 at TGS, that would be freaking awesome

#35
ZenRazor said on June 30, 2013 at 7:32 p.m.

Damn no Dart :/

#36
Wardog said on June 30, 2013 at 7:34 p.m.

@35

I hope so too. LOD is a classic.

#37
Angryjoshua said on June 30, 2013 at 7:38 p.m.

Its really sad this game doesnt see any more support....
Its a really good game....despite the cast being terrible

#38
TrueGamingGuru said on June 30, 2013 at 7:43 p.m.

Man another DLC character cancelled... That really sucks, but hey Dart was at least owned by Sony. I haven't seen anymore news as of recent on what is the next DLC content. I still enjoy PSASBR for what it is, I do believe there might be a sequel in the future just not right now. But for Crash & Spyro I pretend they were never part of the Playstation All-Stars. (for obvious reasons why they never set foot in PSASBR ever) I hope Santa Monica really adds something, because there is not a single news as of recent.

@13 Here is a possibility of a sequel from this link: http://www.playstationlifestyle.net/2...

@14 Honestly Injustice Story Mode wasn't as great compared to MK (2011). Besides PSASBR wasn't meant for a Story Mode like MK or Injustice, since most of the characters have their own purpose. Why do you think PSASBR should use as Injustice as an inspiration anyway?

@20 Kill Characters with Supers only isn't a glitch AT ALL!!! Man you don't get the game mechanics at all do you, maybe your not use to new mechanics at all and only prefer traditional fighters.

@25 Part of the Zeus & Isaac was something already made by Superbot before they left, and Santa Monica barely created any new DLC characters. Plus Zeus was also suppose to be in PSASBR to begin with, it actually started off as an idea of the final boss character but was given to Polygon Man, and Isaac in general is that Sony has a good relationship with EA, then EA wanted to include one of their character. (something that Square & Activision just doesn't push out their characters)

#39
ShinzoBishamon said on June 30, 2013 at 7:43 p.m.

@35 If they announced LOD2 I would completely lose my mind

#40
TrueGamingGuru said on June 30, 2013 at 7:49 p.m.

@34 You know part of the Arcade Mode when it comes to Story in general. That is what the fighter genre was meant to have in the first place since Street Fighter, certain SNK fighters, Mortal Kombat (before MKvsDC, MK (2011), & Injustice Story Mode), Tekken series, Soul series (before SCV), and DOA series (before DOAD, & DOA5/DOA5+/DOA5U) etc. That is a common thing.

#41
HatlessFool said on June 30, 2013 at 7:53 p.m.

Superbot did great with the cards they were dealt, it's a shame Sony screwed them on their 3rd party contracts, gave them a budget for a PSN downloadable title for a game advertised as a full disc based game, removing Wander from the game so they could have SotC and ICO LBP skins, gave them only 2 years to turn it Smash Bros style after 3 years were spent on a 3D Battle Arena, kicked SB to the curb when they wanted to continue support and cancelling Abe and Dart DLC.

I feel if Sony handled things better Superbot could have made something really great - seeing Dart in all his glory is just a sad reminder of how badly SuperBot got screwed.

#42
HyperViperNZ said on June 30, 2013 at 7:59 p.m.

Aw what, he would have been so awesome in it. Totes would have mained him.

#43
TrueGamingGuru said on June 30, 2013 at 8:08 p.m.

@42 About Wander, the ICO team in general wanted nothing to with PSASBR anyway even if Superbot was around. The ICO team consider their characters a piece of art and doesn't like the idea of their characters appearing in crossover games. When it came to the 3D Battle Arena, it was Superbots choice to make it 2D just because a majority of gamers prefer 2D side-scroll style. Just saying

#44
daisetsu said on June 30, 2013 at 8:11 p.m.

maybe if a sequel comes around..PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale Melee

.. man i remember back them everyone was like RIP smash...or how much everyone thought this was a guarantee for EVO line up (Wiz did mention, it almost made it).. as well as those time Seth trying to hard to make this game more relevant with all the "..its made for competitive play!" (practically begging to for FGC to play the game).comments...

...wait those were all just last year?? man this game just really feels like LOOOOONG forgotten...

#45
URAlsr said on June 30, 2013 at 8:20 p.m.

(This user was banned.)

#46
TrueGamingGuru said on June 30, 2013 at 8:23 p.m.

@28 You know from the start part of reason that PSASBR didn't reach the top was because many casual gamers were too busy with games like COD Black Ops 2, most of the players weren't really familiar with certain characters or hated certain characters, there is not enough Japanese characters which their is too many Western brands when it comes characters, and there wasn't enough RPG characters. Although most gamers would've prefer to Crash & Spyro in PSASBR, which Activision didn't really push out any of the characters to begin with. Although things were going down hill since Santa Monica Studios barely release any more DLC content.

#47
samuraikatana1 said on June 30, 2013 at 8:33 p.m.

I WOULD HAVE BOUGHT THIS GAME JUST TO PLAY AS HIM! HOLY HELL I'M PISSED!

#48
Galletano said on June 30, 2013 at 9:18 p.m.

The game needs a new way to be played, People did not like the mechanics, also a bigger roster the one that has right now is not bad but is made with mostly with current gen characters. In my experience the game was fun for a few week then I got really bored with the game.

Idk that character but people like him I guess.

#49
bunny said on June 30, 2013 at 9:34 p.m.

in all honesty this game could have cloud, sephiroth, aya brea, crash,spyro, leon, jill, wesker, a licker, ryu, scorpion, megaman + everyone i cant think of right now and i still wouldn't buy it till its down to 8 or 10 bucks.

#50
Swafflong said on June 30, 2013 at 9:47 p.m.

Wait, people are still playing this game?

#51
LordProsper said on June 30, 2013 at 9:58 p.m.

Well of course he was cancelled, he wasn't promoting anything.

#52
AriesWarlock said on June 30, 2013 at 9:59 p.m.

Everyone, twtter Santa Monica to work on it!

#53
WBK_ZER0 said on June 30, 2013 at 10:10 p.m.

smh at everything here.
most people here are basically saying that they would've bought a game just for a character featured in a classic RPG and yet say the game is severely flawed due to it not living up to SSB or injustice.
really and truly i could care less, i mean the funding was cut from superbots and that meant most(if not all) of the DLC characters may have been cancelled and who knows, we could've had jersey devil, the guy from the shadows of colossus or even rayman but hey one can start a kickstarter...

#54
ShadowGeno said on June 30, 2013 at 10:31 p.m.

@1 ohhh yesss!

#55
Supermangxx said on June 30, 2013 at 10:39 p.m.

Oh my god I forgot about that gem of a game. Time to bust out the play station

#56
TrueGamingGuru said on June 30, 2013 at 10:52 p.m.

@50 PSASBR would've had these certain characters...

Like Cloud is plausible because Square Enix was a notorious company to work with and they really don't push out their characters that much, heck Cloud was originally was going to appear in the Michael trailer but was removed by Sony for not being able to make his costume look good. Square does see his place in Playstation's history.

Certain Capcom characters are plausible another company that was notorious to work with, but there is nothing that sways Capcom away but they would be asking for some high royalties.

Crash & Spyro are really hard to impossible to get because Activision hasn't really push out their characters that much and Activision would be asking a very crazy demand to even allow their characters.

@52 You know promoting certain games is not always the reasons why certain characters get added. Heck Dart being cancelled because he wasn't promoting anything isn't really the real reason why he was cancelled. Heck Sony cutting ties with Superbot could've interrupted the progress with the cancelled DLC characters. I mean look at Fat Princess, PaRappa, Cole MacGrath, Jak & Daxter, Nariko, Spike, & Sir Daniel these characters weren't promoting nor any brand new games either. At least Sony has the rights for Dart, unlike Crash & Spyro.

#57
GodPride said on June 30, 2013 at 11:09 p.m.

I don't know who that character is but he would have definitely been a better choice than Zeus at least. But I gotta give it up to whoever said Jersey Devil, he would be a perfect fit.

#58
levi8then said on July 1, 2013 at 12:13 a.m.

I just want another legend of dragoon; that game is classic.

#59
Lemres said on July 1, 2013 at 12:35 a.m.

lol this game looked stupid in the first place.

#60
Artisaban9 said on July 1, 2013 at 2:02 a.m.

CRUSH DANCE

#61
Tenchi_Sokaigen said on July 1, 2013 at 2:39 a.m.

HOW DARE THEY

#62
SpadeHand said on July 1, 2013 at 3:13 a.m.

Hate.

So much hate.

#63
Evilisk said on July 1, 2013 at 3:37 a.m.

For those guys that really want him and will actually do something about it, there is currently a #ReleaseDart campaign going on. There is also a similar #ReleaseAbe campaign for those that are interested.

http://linkters.com/releasedart-campa...
https://twitter.com/search/realtime?q...

#64
JiCi said on July 1, 2013 at 4:46 a.m.

@64 That's go and all... but with the PS4 coming out soon, that might just be a lost cause.

#65
suicidali said on July 1, 2013 at 4:59 a.m.

Goddamn, first Abe and now Dart?
It's a shame that the timing of the game wasn't in its favour, and the change of ownership screwed it over as well.
It could have been a great mascot fighter, but it seemed more like an ad for things like Revengance and DmC disguised as a game. Some of the other character choices seemed questionable as well, I understand why Big Daddy was included even though Bioshock was originally an Xbox exclusive game, and why they had 2 Coles, but why Isaac? Probably EA wanting to promote Dead Space 3...
I still find it fun though, regardless.

#66
Evilisk said on July 1, 2013 at 5:08 a.m.

@65: There's still a ways to go before PS4 comes out and even then Sony generally tends to support their consoles even after a new one has come out (see God of War 2 for Playstation 2).

#67
icejohn said on July 1, 2013 at 5:21 a.m.

OH MY GAWD THE SALT THAT I HAVE RIGHT NOW.
IT CUZ HES A RPG ISN'T IT!?
OR maybe because hes not some modern day shooter bs or something.

#68
XxTigerheartxX said on July 1, 2013 at 6:58 a.m.

lol you guys saying "I would have bought the game if X was in it" STFU, you would not have bought the game period. Just another excuse as to why you didn't get the game. The game sucks period. That's the reason you didn't get it, it wasn't that appealing. End of story.

#69
papermarkis said on July 1, 2013 at 7:22 a.m.

Be glad he didn't get in. If you bought the game just to play him you would've been disappointed that you ended up buying a bad game.

#70
Jinzo18 said on July 1, 2013 at 7:48 a.m.

(This user was banned.)

#71
TrueGamingGuru said on July 1, 2013 at 8 a.m.

@66 You know everyone's appearance are mostly based off recent games like Sweet Tooth (based off Twisted Metal reboot), Sly Cooper (based off Thieves in Time), Cole MacGrath (based off Infamous 2), Raiden (based off Metal Gear Rising Revengeance). Part of Raiden appearing in PSASBR is to relate with MGR:R which was Kojima's/Konami's choice, another note is that Kojima wouldn't want to include both Raiden and Solid or Old Snake since Kojima consider them as partners and doesn't like the idea that allies fighting each other. Although he wouldn't mind Big Boss, but Kojima wouldn't want to add another character since the relationship between Superbot/Santa Monica/Sony & Kojima is damaged since the leak.

For Dante part of the classic Dante was already been used for games like MVC3/UMVC3 & Project X Zone, so certain teams from Capcom wanted to include the new Dante that Ninja Theory created for PSASBR.

For BioShock 1 certain members of 2K Games made it for the Playstation 3, so later on BioShock was no longer an Xbox exclusive since the BioShock series was now multiplatform. If the original BioShock didn't get a release on PS3 nor its sequels we would've never saw Big Daddy. Plus 2K Games has a good relationship with Sony.

I know why they had 2 Coles, because originally Cole MacGrath was going to be one character. But Sucker Punch felt it would be better if the Hero & Evil Cole were separate characters since these versions aren't actually the same from Powers and Personality, since Infamous had multiple paths that leads you to different powers which makes sense.

For Isaac Dead Space in general is one of the best Horror shooter games from EA, (although DS3 might be a different story from what I've heard) plus EA has a good relationship with Sony.

#72
Reiji said on July 1, 2013 at 8:59 a.m.

WHAT?!!!! Really, Dart?! From "The Legend of Dragoon"! I <3 that game!

Shame that he got cancelled because the game sold really poor and it's gameplay are SO inferior compared to Smash.

I rather choose Dart over Zeus, Emett Graves, or Sir Daniel. And I wanted Spyro as well.

#73
Mr_Bogard said on July 1, 2013 at 9:10 a.m.

F*** you SONY, f*** you to hell!

#74
suicidali said on July 1, 2013 at 9:48 a.m.

@72
You misread my comment, I said I understood why Big Daddy and two Coles were added.
And of course they would want the most recent iteration of characters in the game to make them more easily recognizable with modern games. As I said, the timing of its release just before Revengance and DmC meant that Raiden and Dante's designs were based on those two games. Having Raiden instead of Snake did rub a lot of people the wrong way, but not as many as having "Donte" instead of Dante, I'm sure.
It also meant that Crystal Dynamics/Square Enix didn't want Lara Croft in the game before the Tomb Raider reboot came out, as they said that they wanted people to see her in the new game first, as opposed to PASBR.

#75
TrueGamingGuru said on July 1, 2013 at 10:13 a.m.

@75 Well Oops about Big Daddy and two Coles, heck some of the comments was worth mention about those two.

Well for Raiden & Dante in general really isn't about PSASBR if you look back at its history. For Raiden in general is that you mostly played as Raiden in MGS2, (from what I've heard) which some fans were disappointed with MGS2. The choice of Raiden being in PSASBR boils down to "if fans have a problem with Raiden or reasons why Snake wasn't there, you would want to hate Kojima/Konami." For Dante's appearance was a very common topic on that certain fans hated Dante's new look, certain fans liked the new Dante's look, or doesn't care that much. That has been a common thing since DmC got revealed, heck if fans wanted to hate the new Dante "They would only look at Ninja Theory/Capcom."

Yeah Crystal Dynamics in general didn't want to include Lara Croft right now since they didn't want to spoil part of the new Tomb Raider game. For Lara Croft as DLC is still plausible because now the new Tomb Raider has been released, the Crystal Dynamics team asked fans on what next DLC they should work on. Fans choose Lara as DLC character for PSASBR.

#76
Keyblade said on July 1, 2013 at 11:31 a.m.

It's a shame support for this game is gone, I was really looking forward to new DLC characters we could have gotten. I don't even think they will release the costumes they have made as DLC now.

#77
Madmax77 said on July 1, 2013 at 11:50 a.m.

OMG ! I don't believe it !
That's an awesome news !!! he's going to become my favorite character XD
maybe not, I freaking love Raiden

#78
Madmax77 said on July 1, 2013 at 11:54 a.m.

damn !!! I didn't read the title properly...
what a bummer !!!

#79
Biggz124 said on July 1, 2013 at 12:19 p.m.

Come on, yell at @sethkillian's twitter #ReleaseDart on twitter guys!

#80
DestinyZX1 said on July 1, 2013 at 6:19 p.m.

Nice job Sony. I really mean that. Nice job. I really wanted to play with both Abe and Dart but you messed it up. That sucks. :(

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