It hasn’t long been official, and Sony has been doling out its roster updates very slowly, but PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale has now been given a release date and its first pre-order bonus. Gamers can expect to get their hands on PS All-Stars¬†on both the PlayStation 3 and PS Vita on October 23rd of this year. Yes, we’re only scant months away from seeing who would win in a fight: bearded Kratos, Sly Cooper dressed as Robin Hood, astronaut Parrappa, or pirate Fat Princess. (read on – that will make more sense in a minute, I promise).

The pre-order bonus you’ll be getting is a set of exclusive alternate costumes for each of the characters in the game. There will be costumes that you can work to unlock once the game launches, but this set is only available via pre-order. If you want to see what those costumes are for the characters that have already been announced, you can head on over to the PlayStation Blog to see for yourself. (See? I told you it would make sense). Personally, I think they copped out a little bit with Nathan Drake‘s exclusive outfit. A different shirt? Come on.

Additionally, two new characters are being revealed at an event at EVO tonight, so before you go to bed, the roster count for the game will have risen from eight to ten. That is not, and I want to make this very clear, not the entire roster for the game. If you read the comments below the post on the PS Blog, a lot of people take the picture (featuring the eight already-announced characters, and two question marks representing the characters to be revealed tonight), as showing what the final roster count will be. That’s not true at all, so don’t jump to any conclusions! The game will feature more than ten characters to play as.

You’ll be able to see that for yourself on October 23rd, (see how neatly I brought that back?) so, if you’ve got an interest in those alternate costumes, get your pre-orders in now! Or, if you don’t, just buy it when it comes out, like I’ll probably be doing. Some of those costumes are weird. A bearded Kratos? Really? I have a hard time even typing that.

via [PlayStation Blog]