Skullgirls 2nd Encore
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Information
Developer(s)

Lab Zero Games (2015 - 2019)
Autumn Games (2020 onward)
Hidden Variable (2020 onward)
Future Club (2021 onward)

Publisher(s)

Autumn Games
JP Arc System Works
Skybound Games (Switch, Xbox One)

Director(s)

Alex Ahad (creative director)
Cristina Vee (voice over director)

Designer(s)

Mike Zaimont (project lead and designer, 2015 - 2019)
Ian Cox
Peter Bartholow

Programmer(s)

Mike Zaimont (2015 - 2019)
Ben Moise
Emil Dotchevski

Artist(s)

Alex Ahad (art lead)
Mariel Kinuko Cartwright (animation lead)
Jonathan "Persona" Kim (senior animator)
Richard Suh (lead cleanup)
Brian Jun (artist)

Composer(s)

Michiru Yamane
Brenton Kossak
Blaine McGurty

Engine

Proprietary

Platform(s)

PlayStation 4
PlayStation 5 (via backwards compatibility)
PlayStation Vita
Steam (formerly as DLC for Skullgirls)
Arcade
Nintendo Switch
Xbox One

Release Date

PlayStation 4
NA July 7, 2015
EU July 23, 2015
JP April 14, 2016
PlayStation Vita
WW April 5, 2016
JP April 14, 2016
Steam
WW April 13, 2016
Arcade
JP October 29, 2015
Nintendo Switch
WW October 22, 2019
Xbox One
TBA

Skullgirls 2nd Encore is an enhanced version of Skullgirls Encore which was released exclusively for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita on July 7th, 2015. It is also released on April 13th, 2016 as a DLC upgrade to the original Skullgirls on Steam.[1] The game was not released on the Nintendo 3DS, Wii U or the Xbox One due to a Nintendo platform port lacking a publisher[2] and because of Microsoft's parity policy at the time.[3] However, at the Anime Expo 2018, it was revealed that the game would be coming to Nintendo Switch.[4][5] It was released on October 22nd, 2019 by Skybound Games, along with a digital port to the Xbox One, though a release date has yet to be announced due to the port being "postponed indefinitely".[6]

Hints towards 2nd Encore began when a PS4 and PS Vita port of Skullgirls Encore was revealed to be in process on July 10, 2014, having been slated to arrive alongside the Robo-Fortune and Lobbies patch update coming to the current platforms.[7]

Skullgirls 2nd Encore includes all of the DLC characters and stages funded by Lab Zero’s Indiegogo campaign from the get-go, as well as “All Play” multiplayer lobbies and an extensive art gallery. The PS Vita version is playable on a PlayStation TV, and will support up to two local players with DualShock 3 or 4 controllers, as well as any PlayStation 3 compatible fight sticks. Online is Cross-Play across the entire PlayStation family, letting you fight opponents who own either the PS3, PS4 or PS Vita version. The game also supports Cross-Buy, meaning purchasing the PS4 version of the game will grant you the PS Vita version for free and vice-versa.[8]

Due to a controversy regarding of Mike Z’s inappropriate behavior cause all staff members (including Alex Ahad) left Lab Zero Games, Autumn Games and Hidden Variable (the developer of Skullgirls Mobile) take over both Lab Zero Games’ developed and future games, and also owning their games’ IPs.[9]

With Hidden Variable taking over Lab Zero's former game works, Skullgirls 2nd Encore return to its DLC release routes in 2021, starting from Annie[10][11]. Season DLC Pass is also announced on February 21, 2021 however, it is unknown on how many Passes will be.[12]

On March 3rd, 2021, a Steam announcement made by Hidden Variable Studios confirmed that Future Club will be working with them on the development of Annie along with other characters in the first Season Pass.[13]

New Features

This version of the game includes new exclusive modes and features not present in earlier renditions of the game:

  • Fully Voiced Story Mode
    All 15 Story Modes are fully voice-acted, with all the previous cast returning to voice their respective characters along with some new faces. Marie 300% will also be voiced.[14] Click here for the full cast list.
    This feature is an exclusive to 2nd Encore and is not being added to previous renditions of the game since it was funded by Autumn Games as an incentive to buy the PS4 and Vita versions.[15]
  • Challenges
    Players can choose to compete in challenges where they fight against opponents with a variety of unique battle conditions. Such challenges include having to beat Big Band without jumping and defeating a team of 3 Doubles.
  • Trials
    In this mode the players are tasked with performing and perfecting combos. Trials use a new button-by-button instructional system to make learning combos easier, with the mode including lessons to teach combos frequently used in real play - ranging from basic to advanced level inputs.
  • Survival Mode
    This mode has players battle an endless barrage of foes until they are defeated. A good performance results in more health being recovered between rounds; with players who have survived for longer facing tougher opponents as they continue to win battles.
  • Full Platinum Trophy Set
    A new full Platinum trophy set has been added to this version of the game, including 43 trophies that will be awarded across the various gameplay modes available. Many of the previous trophies are also returning, with others having been adjusted based on player feedback.
  • Online Cross-Play
    Skullgirls 2nd Encore will feature online cross-play between PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita systems.
  • PlayStation 3 Peripheral Support
    Along with DualShock 3 and 4 controllers, the PlayStation 4 version of Skullgirls 2nd Encore is playable with PlayStation 3 compatible fightsticks without the need of any extra ports or accessories.

New Characters

  • Annie - (Voiced by: Erica Mendez)
  • Umbrella - (Voiced by: Cassandra Lee Morris)

Gallery

References

Skullgirls
Games
Main Editions SkullgirlsSkullgirls EncoreSkullgirls 2nd Encore
Spin-offs Skullgirls Mobile
Characters
Initial Roster Filia (Samson) • CerebellaPeacock (Avery) • ParasoulMs. FortunePainwheelValentineDouble
Encore DLC Squigly (Leviathan) • Big BandFukuaEliza (Sekhmet) • BeowulfRobo-Fortune
2nd Encore DLC Season 1: Annie (Sagan) • Umbrella • ??? • ???
Other AdamAeonAlbusAmeliaAndy AnvilBeatrixBlack DahliaBrain DrainDelilahDogDr. AvianDr. GeigerFengGeorge BombGrendelHiveHoraceHubrechtIleumIrvinIsaacKing FranzLawrenceLeducLonesome LennyLorenzoMarcusMarieMinetteMollyMotherMrs. Victoria (D. Violet) • OttomoPanzerfaustQueen NancyRachel WongReginaRiccardoRobertoRoxieScythanaSeleneStanleyTaliesinTommy Ten-TonsVenusVitaleYu-WanMisc.
Archives
Terminology SkullgirlSkull HeartParasiteLiving WeaponMedici MafiaAnti-Skullgirl LabsBlack EgretsCirque des CartesFishbone GangThe Last HopeThe Trinity
Stages Streets of New MeridianRiver King CasinoMedici TowerNew Meridian RooftopsRooftops AssaultNMO Arena | (Empty)Bath of Tefnut | (Sekhmet)MaplecrestNightmare CrestGrand Cathedral | (Empty)Final AtriumGehennaUnder the BridgeMeridian Area Rapid TransitLittle Innsmouth | (Night)Lab 8 | (Empty)Glass CanopyClass NotesNo Man's LandSound Stage 15
Misc.
System HUDControlsBasic MechanicsAdvanced Mechanics
Extras Art GalleryMarie 300%The Typing of the Skullgirls
Music Skullgirls Original SoundtrackSkullgirls Original Soundtrack PLUSSkullgirls Soundtrack ListingIn a Moment's TimeHitomi No Kioku
Character QuotesScriptsGalleriesRelationshipsMove Lists
Other Media SkullgirlSSkullgalsKeep Skullgirls Growing!Digital Art Compendium
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