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Skullgirls Encore to be republished on PSN, XBLA and Steam

New character and DLC to be offered for free for a limited period

Skullgirls developer Lab Zero has announced the game will be re-released on PSN, Xbox Live and PC as Skullgirls Reborn.

In early December Mike Zaimont, design director of the indie fighting game. revealed Konami had requested Skullgirls be removed from PSN and XBL following the termination of a business relationship with co-publisher Autumn Games.

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A rebranded version the game will be republished on Microsoft's and Sony's online platforms, in addition to Steam.

"On December 31st, Skullgirls will be temporarily removed from the PSN Store and Xbox Live Marketplace while we transition the game to new publishers," Lab Zero states.

"To mark the console beginning of the era funded by our Indiegogo campaign, Skullgirls will be reborn as "Skullgirls Encore" when it returns. We expect this transition to be complete sometime in January 2014."

Those that have already purchased the original Skullgirls on PSN will receive Skullgirls Encore for free by visiting the Skullgirls Encore store page and downloading it. A new character called Squigly will be released simultaneously and will be free for three months. This character is only compatible with Skullgirls Encore.

Since the DLC for the original Skullgirls will no longer be compatible the character colour DLC bundle will also be available for free for a limited period of time. Additionally, Skullgirls Encore will have its own leaderboards and a new set of trophies.

Although the original Skullgirls will still be downloadable through the PSN downloads list, Lab Zero has recommended players upgrade to Skullgirls Encore.

The studio has said the EU and Japanese transition "may take a little longer than the US transition, but we're working to minimize any time difference".

Addressing the game's availability on Xbox Live, Lab Zero said: "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."

The Steam version of the game has been updated: "Since Konami had no involvement with the Steam release, there will be no effect whatsoever on that version."

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