Update 2: Now that it’s August, the beta is finally playable.
Update: It appears that the PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale beta is unplayable for now.
The beta is online-only (there is no offline multiplayer mode), and currently it is impossible to connect to another player. We’ve tested this thoroughly with the help of a fellow Singaporean PS Plus subscriber whom we told to get on matchmaking at the same time we did, repeatedly. Every single attempt has led to us waiting for something to change on the screen, and ending with a “A network error has occurred” warning message being displayed.
We believe that SuperBot Entertainment, the game’s developer, has yet to turn on the matchmaking servers, and that the beta will remain unplayable until such time when they decide to.
Original story: Shoryuken.com is reporting that a beta for PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale is available now to PS Plus members in Singapore and Hong Kong.
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale is a frantic four-player fighting game that stars characters from various PlayStation first-party properties, such as Parappa the Rapper and God of War’s Kratos, as well as characters from third-party franchises: Heihachi from Tekken, Bioshock’s Big Daddy, and more.
Judging from the description of the item on the PlayStation store, it looks like the beta will include online play:
The goal of the Beta is to allow the developers to test the servers and Match Making features. Of course, to do that we need lots of people on the servers so please come along and battle your favourite characters!”
Although the beta will probably make its way to the PS Plus in other regions eventually, currently there is no information on when that will happen. For now the beta is a timed-exclusive for Singapore and Hong Kong users.
If this is the first time you’re hearing about it, PlayStation Plus is a premium service for PS3 users that gives them free games (selected titles) every month, as well as access to online storage for save files, full game trials, trophy auto-syncing, and other exclusive offers.
Free games offered under the PS Plus programme are playable until you choose to stop renewing your subscription to the programme. This month, Singapore and Hong Kong PS Plus subscribers are treated to a free copy of Echochrome II, The Last Guy, and Ape Escape! (PS1 title, Japanese), among other offers.
In Singapore, PlayStation Plus membership is offered on two subscription bases – monthly and annually. A 30-day subscription costs S$6.99, while an annual pass (365 days) will run you $42.99.