In PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, developer Superbot Entertainment’s upcoming frenzied fighter for the PS3 and PS Vita, characters from some of the hottest first and third-party PS game franchises come together to slug it out, first against their individual rivals (from a different franchise), and subsequently against a final boss who, interestingly enough, is not actually from a video game.
You’ll catch a glimpse of the mysterious final boss from the all-stars fighter in this opening cinematic video, which Superbot Entertainment’s Seth Killian has shared to commemorate the game’s gold mastering. It’s near the end, right after all 20 of PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale’s ensemble cast settle their personal rivalries (ten pairs of two loggerheads each).
Can you guess who the enigma of a final boss is?
If you plan to find out who the final boss is only once the game is out on November 20, you should probably stop reading now.
For the rest of you still reading, your PS All-Stars Battle Royale final boss is Polygon Man, who originated as a character from a Sony Computer Entertainment America marketing campaign that never truly materialised.
It was canned before the launch of the Sony PlayStation console in America when the father of the PlayStation, Ken Kutaragi, freaked out upon seeing Polygon Man’s jagged polygonal mug. According to former Sony exec Phil Harrison in a 2009 article from Edge magazine:
I remember walking onto the E3 booth in 1995 with Ken and seeing the Polygon Man design on the side of the booth. Ken just went absolutely insane,” says Harrison. Kutaragi was upset that SCEA was spending its limited budget on an alternative brand. “But the thing that really upset Ken was that the Polygon Man design wasn’t Gouraud shaded, it was flat shaded! So Polygon Man was taken out into the car park and quietly shot.”
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale comes out for the PS3 November 20.
Come try out the game at Funan DigitaLife Mall (atrium) this weekend, where Sony has set a “cross-play” demonstration booth where the 4-player fighter is played with two Dual Shock controllers and two PS Vita consoles. Until November 11.