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Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale The Challengers Appear

Playstation All-Star Battle Royale

Fifteen years in the making, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale brings all of PlayStation’s most-loved and iconic characters into the same game – with one aim - to beat each other to a pulp. No holds barred, anything goes and showing no mercy until there is only one eventual winner.

To celebrate the All-Stars from PlayStation’s past, present and future - designer, illustrator and life-long gamer Aled Lewis combines the formidable foes of the gaming world into silver screen situations with a trio of special works called, The Challengers Appear that sees the All-Stars square up in cinema’s most memorable stand-offs.

Aled Lewis has put his own personal appreciation of video gaming into the pieces.

I was thrilled to be asked to design three pieces for PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale - I’ve always been an avid video game player and a huge fan of the 8-Bit look of the early generations of games. The pixelated designs as a kid allowed for your mind to wander and offer scope for what the characters might really look like. In keeping with this and in appreciation for the original game artists I wanted to use this style when creating these iconic images.
- Aled Lewis

These include:

  • The Karate Kid: God of War’s Kratos faces LittleBigPlanet’s Sackboy in the final of the ‘All Valley Karate Tournament’. Never has the term, ‘under-dog’ been so apt.
  • Rocky: Everyone’s favourite Fat Princess takes on the famous 72 steps of the entrance of the ‘Philadelphia Museum of Art’. How long it took her to finally make it to the top however.
  • Reservoir Dogs: Jak&Daxter get the Tarintino treatment as one of the most famous scenes from the film gets extra tense with an added Morph Gun
We were thrilled to work with Aled. We’ve been long term fans of his Video Game vs Art series which were hilariously funny and visually interesting pieces that merged pop culture entertainment genres. So with the impending release of PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale we jumped at the chance to collaborate with him – he was the perfect choice to pay homage to some great gaming characters.
- Josh Walker, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale Product Manager

As part of the project a ‘Behind the Scenes’ film has been made which includes exclusive interviews with Aled not only on the development of this collaboration but what makes him tick as an artist – from his inspiration to his creative process.

To see the artwork in its larger than life setting, the Karate Kid artwork is on show on Great Eastern Street in East London, above Child of Jago as a giant billboard from the 19th – 26th November.

PlayStation All-Star Battle Royale will be released on the 23rd November and is available as a ‘cross-play’ title on both PS3 and PlayStation Vita. Characters will include firm favourites such as: Kratos, Sackboy, Sweet Tooth, Nathan Drake, Sackboy and Cole McGrath.

Kaostic | 22nd November, 2012

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