Dead Space protagonist Isaac Clarke and God of War villain Zeus will be joining the now 24-character cast on March 19th. A new stage that is a crossover between PS3 indie darling The Unfinished Swan and the classic PS1 title MediEvil will also go live on that same day.
The game's lead designer and overall fighting game authority Seth Killian went into detail about Isaac and Zeus with IGN's Colin Moriarty, shedding some light on how fans can expect them to play. Isaac is a mid-range character with several guns and other ranged tools from Dead Space at his disposal who can also hold his own in close-range physical combat when the situation calls for it. As for how Isaac compares to All-Stars' current characters, Killian said his skill set and play style fall somewhere in-between other mid-range characters like Nathan Drake and Jak. Zeus, on the other hand, is a very big, very slow heavy-hitter who is meant to complement Big Daddy, who has thus far been the game's only big, sluggish, power-centric fighter. Unsurprisingly, Zeus brings several lightning-based abilities to the table, and can also create copies of himself that move around the stage in a bid to confuse opponents. Notably, his level 3 super attack -- which sees him turn into a background-consuming giant able to crush opponents with various area-of-effect attacks -- is unlike any other character's level 3 super so far (whereas Isaac's appears to echo Big Daddy's by temporarily suspending opponents helplessly in space, allowing Isaac to kill them off one by one).
Meanwhile, the new stage starts off in a graveyard from MediEvil, but soon becomes a completely blank, white space wherein balls of black paint are splattered on the screen to become platforms in a clever nod to The Unfinished Swan.
Isaac, Zeus, and The Unfinished Swan/MediEvil stage will be made available on March 19th for both the PS3 and Vita versions of Battle Royale. While pricing details are still unknown, it's worth noting that the game's first two DLC characters -- Kat from Gravity Rush and Starhawk's Emmett Graves -- were free for the first two weeks and $5 thereafter. Meanwhile, the game's first DLC stage -- the Heavenly Sword/WipeOut mashup "Fearless" -- costs a flat $2. It's possible this new round of DLC will be priced the same way.
For video footage of the new characters and stage in action, check out IGN's original article revealing the new content!