Monday, November 28, 2011
'Title Fight' Is a Rumor, Sony Smash Bros. and Awesome
You may remember the above commercial that came out a while ago, but I've prefaced this post with it again just so you can take a look at it again/if you haven't. Go on, you're doing yourself a favor because it's just so awesome -and- it's topical. How is it topical, you might ask? Well, by now you've obviously read the title and what with the rumors that that commercial meant more than it might seem, so with that in mind, just consider the idea that that commercial is just a sneak peak into what could be. A cross-franchise fighter/brawler to the tune of a Super Smash Bros. and/or Dissidia-type game starring some of Playstation's better known characters (first party or not).
I'm not sure if 'Title Fight' is just a placeholder name or what, but there's a good smattering of information about it already, thanks to some ill-thought (or expertly-leaked?) tweets from a developer over at SuperBot Entertainment better known for...actually, I'm not sure what SuperBot Entertainment's known for, if anything. This might just be the 'proving grounds' title for the Sony Exclusive developer which is obviously something to be wary about but, with any luck, they'll have the guiding hands of Naughty Dog and/or any other Sony-centric developer to help out as this is going to be a big thing assuredly, if only on scope alone. But PS3 Exclusives have a (mostly good) reputation to work under, so the bar is quite high, assuredly, and these crossovers have the potential for greatness as the past has shown us.
Obviously, it's not going to be an easy test; by listing some of the main Sony characters alone, you'll start to see the first wrinkle in the whole of it. Nathan Drake, Kratos, Sackboy, Cole MacGrath, Sweet Tooth, Sly Cooper, Ratchet And/or Clank, Jak and/or Daxter, Gabe Logan, Crash Bandicoot, they all come in all shapes and sizes and art styles which will take some doing to integrate alongside each other properly and that's just off the top of my head. There's obviously plenty of other characters that could be considered from third party (but at least mostly Sony Loyal franchises) like Solid Snake, Kazuma from Yakuza, anybody from Valkyria Chronicles and the like, which is one of the big points people are arguing in that there simply aren't enough characters to choose from which I hope I've pointed out as a downright silly notion. I could go on, I'm sure, and it's not even a guarantee that the game would only pull one character from a game (although, -everything- at this point is kind of a rumor yet) which would mean an even more impressive roster.
If it's not obvious already I am a man who enjoys a good crossover as much as the next guy (if not more) so the possibility of this has me drooling a bit at the scope, possibilities and implications of it. To be honest, I'd be a little miffed if there was only a fighting game that came from this (as opposed to something more of a mish-mash of styles ala Sonic Generations) but I'd accept it nonetheless as I'm sure that, even if it doesn't live up to my hopes of being big, it'll be more than Smash Bros./Capcom vs. (franchise) at the very least (putting it at Dissidia levels) which is just fantastic enough. I can only imagine how this all could be written up; perhaps something a little less 'intricate' (like the bar scene where it's just assumed the characters hang out when you, the player, aren't using them) or the obvious "Greater Evil" scenario, or even something else I can't quite put together here. Whatever it is, I would hope every characters' respective writer has some input on 'their' character, of course.
I kind of wish I had more information here to extrapolate a little, but that's really about all there is to it at the moment. There is almost certainly a Sony Cross-Franchise game in development, it may or may not be called "Title Fight" which would indicate a fighting game, and it has every opportunity to be awesome. Let's just hope the guys over at SuperBot Entertainment have it in them to produce something we've come to expect as it would be a shame to let something this 'big' to fall flat. I expect that, being a Sony-owned studio, they'll have access to other developers 'in-the-know' that can make sure this whatever it is gets polished, so hopefully when something else comes out about this, we'll get to know one way or another. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to have to unwind from the thought of Kazuma Kiryu appearing in a game alongside Nathan Drake, Kratos and Cole MacGrath.