Seth Killian Joins Sony to Work on PS All-Stars Battle Royale
Earlier this month the industry saw community veteran and fighting game aficionado Seth Killian depart from his long-held position at Capcom, leaving us with burning questions regarding his next big role. As of today, it’s been revealed that Killian has joined Sony and the PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale development team.
As the lead game designer for the external group at Sony Santa Monica, he’ll be working on the previously mentioned PS All-Stars game for PS3 and Vita, helping to craft what he feels is a “total love-letter to Sony fans.”
“Fighting games are very close to my heart.
As someone that’s spent much of my life with traditional fighters, All-Stars has been a great opportunity to take a step back and rethink fighting fundamentals from the ground up.
The entire team was put together from scratch to create this game, and they are loaded with fighting game superstars (including some impressive tournament credentials-I’m not even the first EVO finalist to join the team!) who love great combat just as much as I do.”
Killian went on to mention how All-Stars isn’t simply the Super Smash Bros rip-off many are pinning it to be, instead calling it more of a “giant dose of fan-service.”
“All-Stars is also a total love-letter to Sony fans. From the characters, to their special moves, to the incredible level 3 supers, and the stages themselves, I’m not sure there’s ever been such a giant dose of fan-service in Sony history. Beyond great character designs or all the ingenious little ideas that make combat feel great, the real test of a great game to me is that ‘just *one* more game!’ feeling.
If it’s 3am and you have to work the next day, but you’ve still got the urge to play again, you know you’re doing something right. You only have to walk through SuperBot’s studio and see all the staff being scolded to stop playing their own game and get back to work to know that they’ve really got something special cooking.”
You don’t have to take his word for it though, as you’ll be able to try the game out over the coming weeks as the team takes the game on the road, starting with EVO happening this weekend. Don’t knock it till’ you try it.
[via PlayStation Blog]