Skullgirls PlayStation Network Delisting Pushed Back to December 31, Encore Console Re-Release Planned for January

By on December 17, 2013 at 5:01 pm
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With Skullgirls removal from PlayStation Network and Xbox Live right around the corner, a bit of good news recently surfaced about the title’s future as we move into the new year. First off, its delisting on PSN has been pushed back from today to December 31, matching XBL and allowing the team some leeway as they work to get a new version ready for publishing.

Following this news, the Lab Zero Games website was updated with information on how the transition from the original game will work. The studio is working to make Skullgirls Encore available sometime next month, though the shift will work differently depending on the system and the region players hail from.

In addition, Squigly will also be made available free of charge for three months after the new title appears on both digital platforms.

The entire list of details has been included below, so be sure to check it out if you’re looking to continue playing Skullgirls after the transition.

US PlayStation Network

Details
  • All PSN purchasers of the original release of Skullgirls will receive Skullgirls Encore free, similar to a PS3/PS4/Vita Cross-Buy

  • To download Skullgirls Encore, players will just need to visit the Skullgirls Encore store page and download it

  • Squigly’s character DLC will be released at the same time, and will be free for a period of three months, and will only be compatible with Skullgirls Encore

  • Skullgirls Encore will effectively be a “new” and distinct game from the original release

  • The original Skullgirls DLC will not compatible with Skullgirls Encore

    • So that no one loses their previous purchases and also to thank everyone for their patience during this transition, the character color DLC bundle will be free for everyone for a limited time

  • Because Skullgirls Encore is effectively a new game, Skullgirls Encore will have fresh leaderboards, you’ll have a new set of trophies to go for, and your previous save data will not be compatible

  • At the time of the transition we will be phasing out the individual character color packs and will only be offering the character color bundle moving forward

    • The Character Color Bundle DLC will unlock additional colors for all existing characters, as well as Squigly and all future characters

  • Players will still be able to download the original version of Skullgirls from their PSN Downloads list and play it, but we recommend that everyone transition to Skullgirls Encore as soon as possible. And you want Squigly, too, right?

European PlayStation Network

Details
  • The EU transition may take a little longer than the US transition, but we’re working to minimize any time difference

  • All PSN purchasers of the original release of Skullgirls will receive Skullgirls Encore free, similar to a PS3/PS4/Vita Cross-buy

  • To download Skullgirls Encore, players will just need to visit the Skullgirls Encore store page and download it

  • Squigly’s character DLC will be released at the same time, and will be free for a period of three months, and will only be compatible with Skullgirls Encore

  • Skullgirls Encore will effectively be a “new” and distinct game from the original release

  • The original Skullgirls DLC will not compatible with Skullgirls Encore

    • So that no one loses their previous purchases and also to thank everyone for their patience during this transition, the character color DLC bundle will be free for everyone for a limited time

  • Because Skullgirls Encore is effectively a new game, Skullgirls Encore will have fresh leaderboards, you’ll have a new set of trophies to go for, and your previous save data will not be compatible

  • At the time of the transition we will be phasing out the individual character color packs and will only be offering the character color bundle moving forward

    • The Character Color Bundle DLC will unlock additional colors for all existing characters, as well as Squigly and all future characters

  • Players will still be able to download the original version of Skullgirls from their PSN Downloads list and play it, but we recommend that everyone transition to Skullgirls Encore as soon as possible. And you want Squigly, too, right?

Japanese PlayStation Network

Details
  • The JP transition may take a little longer than the US transition, but we’re working with Cyberfront to minimize any time difference

  • All PSN purchasers of the original release of Skullgirls will receive Skullgirls Encore free, similar to a PS3/PS4/Vita Cross-buy

  • To download Skullgirls Encore, players will just need to visit the Skullgirls Encore store page and download it

  • Squigly’s character DLC will be released at the same time, and will be free for a period of three months, and will only be compatible with Skullgirls Encore

  • Skullgirls Encore will effectively be a “new” and distinct game from the original release

  • The original Skullgirls DLC will not compatible with Skullgirls Encore

    • So that no one loses their previous purchases and also to thank everyone for their patience during this transition, the character color DLC bundle will be free for everyone for a limited time

  • Because Skullgirls Encore is effectively a new game, Skullgirls Encore will have fresh leaderboards, you’ll have a new set of trophies to go for, and your previous save data will not be compatible

  • At the time of the transition we will be phasing out the individual character color packs and will only be offering the character color bundle moving forward

    • The Character Color Bundle DLC will unlock additional colors for all existing characters, as well as Squigly and all future characters

  • Players will still be able to download the original version of Skullgirls from their PSN Downloads list and play it, but we recommend that everyone transition to Skullgirls Encore as soon as possible. And you want Squigly, too, right?

Xbox Live Arcade Worldwide

Details
  • While the game will disappear from the Xbox Live Marketplace for a period of time, the publisher transition from Konami to MarvelousAQL should be pretty transparent to players

  • MarvelousAQL can’t submit the new build until after the holidays, so the game will be unavailable on the store while the patch is in testing, but will still be playable online

  • When the game’s transition is complete, there will be a title update and a new mandatory Compatibility Pack DLC, just as there was with the previous update

  • Unlike with the PSN version, Skullgirls Encore will be a patched version of the original game, not a separate product

  • This means that the leaderboards, achievements and save data will be unaffected by this transition

  • Previously purchased DLC will still be compatible with Skullgirls Encore

  • To thank everyone for their patience during this transition, the character color DLC bundle will be free for everyone for a limited time

  • Squigly will be available (and free) at this point as well, so be sure to download her immediately!

  • At the same time this publisher transition is complete, MarvelousAQL will enable Japanese XBLA sales of Skullgirls Encore

Sources: NeoGAF (tip via MistaX), Lab Zero Games via Gematsu