PlayStation® All-Stars Battle Royale: ‘The Challengers Appear’

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. He commented:  “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.”

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

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale Product Manager, Josh Walker from Sony Computer Entertainment commented on the collaboration: “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.”

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.

The film will be premiered on 21 st November on the PlayStation YouTube channel:

http://www.youtube.com/playstationaccess

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 19 th – 26 th November.

PlayStation All-Star Battle Royale will be released on the 23 rd 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.

For more information please visit: http://www.playstationallstarsbattleroyale.com/

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About Aled Lewis

Aled is a designer, illustrator and author based in London, England. He came to the capital from his hometown of Portsmouth to study Graphic Design in 2005 and has lived and worked there ever since. Aled is a life-long gamer: influenced and inspired by comics, film and television — and it shows throughout his work. He began designing t-shirts in 2006 before becoming a commissioned illustrator.  In-between client work he participates in gallery shows and creates one-off and limited edition artworks. His clients include Polaroid, GQ, Reader’s Digest, Gap, Urban Outfitters, Emirates and HOW Design. He recently illustrated the book ‘So You Created a Wormhole: The Time Traveler’s Guide to Time Travel ‘ which was released 3 April 2012 and he is now finishing work on his first published solo project ‘Toy Confidential: The Secret Life of Snarky Toys’, which is due to be released before Christmas 2012.


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