SONY's upcoming crossover fighting game, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale contains a who's who of famous gaming characters, but developer SuperBot has gone to extraordinary lengths to ensure that every character is true to their original nature. In the case of Bioshock's Big Daddy and Little Sister, that meant letting design legend and Bioshock creator Ken Levine write their script.
"When it came to the script writing, Ken Levine actually took over writing duties and wrote every line of script and dialogue for Big Daddy and Little Sister in the game," producer Omar Kendall told Polygon. "We take this very seriously, and sometimes the IP holders know best, and obviously we want to present the characters in the best way for the developers and the fans."
The same attention to detail was true for every other character used in the massive melee brawler. Even if the characters in question already belonged to SONY. "It's not a case of if I want to use Nathan Drake in my game I can use Nathan Drake and do whatever I want to that character," Kendall explains. "If I want Drake in the game, I still have to go to Naughty Dog and ... get permission to use the character. And they have complete, 100% approval on what we do with the character."
"So to be able to amass the roster that we have in the game and pull all these characters off while working with both first and third party developers ... that's never really been done at SONY before. I'm very, very proud of that."
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale is out on November 23rd for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. If you buy the PS3 version - with your choice of cover star - , you automatically get the PS Vita version for free, which is rather wonderful.