Unused Character Art of Dart (Legend of Dragoon) in PlayStation All-Stars Surfaces

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What comes to mind if I bring up PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale? Did some of you enjoy it? Did others deem it a shade of mediocrity? Have many, like me, not even gotten around to playing it yet? Regardless of where you stand when it comes to the quality of PS All-Stars, I think this might capture your attention:

PlayStation All-Stars: Dart

PlayStation All-Stars: Dart 002

These images come from Mike Edwards, a Character Artist for the polarizing PS3/PSVita title. Dart from The Legend of Dragoon was apparently planned to be DLC for PlayStation All-Stars, but was cancelled.

Here’s the reaction I expect from the majority of you: Looking at this image, you think: Wow. Missed opportunity. And then…you move on. I might be looking into this a little too deeply, but… stay with me for a moment.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl: Isaac

I’m sure a lot of you recognized Isaac from the Golden Sun series when he was an assist trophy in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Music from Golden Sun was also featured in the game. Plenty of nods to a franchise long considered dead, since Nintendo hadn’t paid attention to it in years. What happened shortly after the release of Brawl? Right—Golden Sun: Dark Dawn was announced at E3 2009.

When you bear in mind that The Legend of Dragoon got its trademark renewed in the fall of last year, and that Sony was about to include Dart in their come-together fighting game, methinks fans could have been hopeful for a long-awaited sequel to the beloved game.

Then again…perhaps the trademark being renewed was solely done so that Dart could be included in the game, only to have plans for him nixed. It could go either way… but hope springs eternal, right?


The Legend of Dragoon is certainly beloved among the oprainfall Staff. It ranked in our Top 10 PSOne Games, so many of us have fond memories of the game. You may even see a Games of the Past Review of Legend of Dragoon coming from me soon enough. To be honest, this story reminds me that LoD is still sitting on my PS3 hard-drive, waiting to be played.

Would Dart being included push you guys that were hesitant about PlayStation All-Stars over the edge? What do you think about my half-baked theory?

Missed opportunity, indeed.