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Doom Eternal devs want Nintendo to put Doom Slayer in Smash Ultimate

Published: 22/Jan/2020 21:04

by Michael Gwilliam

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Fans of Doom wanting to see their favorite first-person shooter character in Super Smash Bros Ultimate may need to brace themselves before reading further.

In an interview with Metro Gaming, Doom Eternal’s director Marty Stratton was asked about the rumors of Doom Slayer making his way to Nintendo’s flagship fighter.

“What about the rumors of Doom Slayer being in Smash Bros?” Metro asked a few days prior to the reveal of Blyleth as DLC fighter five. “Do you think it could ever happen?”

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Could Doom Slayer really come to Smash?

Stratton then revealed point-blank that the team had actually asked Nintendo directly about adding the character to the game.

As Metro Gaming noted in their interview, Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima got Solid Snake to appear in Smash after asking Nintendo himself. In fact, the legendary game designer even wanted Snake in the franchise as far back as Melee, but had to wait until Brawl to get his wish.

When asked about if Nintendo would discount the possibility of Doom Slayer making it into the game due to the series’ blood and gore, Stratton side-stepped the question.

“I dunno. You would honestly have to ask them,” he said. “We’ve never been approached and said, ‘Hey can Doomguy be in Smash Bros.?’ But we’re open-minded if they wanna ask.”

According to Stratton, while he doesn’t know who on his team talked with Nintendo, he confirmed that they had “bantered” with the Japanese video game giant.

“We have a great relationship with them through bringing Doom 2016 to Switch and that kind of stuff. So we have great people over there but it’s one of those things where it’s like, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool?’”

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Who could the six upcoming fighters be?

Unfortunately, the conversations never turned into anything serious so we’ll have to wait and see if anything develops in the far future. The six upcoming downloadable fighters as part of Smash’s Fighters Pass Volume 2 have already been decided upon so if Doom Slayer isn’t in the picture yet, the question remains: will there be a Volume 3 and will he be in that package?

As it stands, the second Fighters Pass isn’t going wrap up until December 31, 2021 so there’s still a long way to go until we hear any news of a third pass.

The Doom developers aren’t the only team who want a character to make it into Smash either. As Dexerto previously reported, the Overwatch developers said they’d be open to a hero appearing in Ultimate and the game’s director Jeff Kaplan specifically said he would like Tracer to blink into the fight.

The six Smash Bros invitations
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Crash Bandicoot will be fighter 6 according to a new leaker.

For those wondering who the next downloadable fighter will be, the current theory is that it will be longtime favorite Crash Bandicoot. A new leaker who accurately claimed Blyleth would be DLC five also said that Crash would be the sixth.

Only time will tell if the leaks hold up and if Doom Slayer may finally get his moment to duke it out with the likes of Mario, Link and more.

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Smash Ultimate voice files hint at upcoming DLC fighter

Published: 22/Oct/2020 18:54

by Michael Gwilliam

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Super Smash Bros Ultimate still has four characters yet to be announced for the Fighters Pass Volume 2, and a new theory may help narrow down their identities.

When looking at the voice files in-game, there are five empty slots. Looking back at the first Fighters Pass, after Terry Bogard’s release, there were two spots remaining, which ended up going to the male and female forms of Byleth.

Upon Steve’s release, the voice files didn’t change, suggesting that something similar could be happening with a future fighter.

As Andree123 explained on the SmashBoards forums, “there are currently 5 empty voice slots in the voice clip section of the sound test menu as of 9.0.0.”

Smash Ultimate voice files
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Voice theory was first suggested prior to Byleth’s release.

“This means we are most likely getting a fighter with a different character/opposite gender alt with a different voice in the Fighters Pass vol. 2,” they added, but noted that it’s still possible we don’t end up getting one at all.

Of course, it’s actually even a possibility that another fighter ends up being just like Steve and doesn’t take up a voice file. This could eventually result in two fighters having female and male variants or even a fighter with three variants.

Really, there are a lot of different outcomes based on this theory, but the fact it has a proven record make it nothing to scoff at or dismiss.

Male and female Byleth
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Many fighters have female and male variants.

If we are in fact getting a future fighter with female/male alternate costumes or maybe even two male/female voices, Resident Evil could be a good fit.

Leon S Kennedy with either Claire or Chris Redfield as an alternate costume would certainly work given the franchise’s history on Nintendo consoles.

Another option, given how Crash Bandicoot has been rumored, is that we get Coco from Crash 4: It’s About Time as an alternate costume.

Crash Bandicoot in his 4th game
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Crash in Smash? It’s about time.

On the flip side, although unlikely, this could suggest there will be another DLC release after Fighters Pass Volume 2.

Only time will tell if this theory holds up, but it certainly raises some interesting questions about future downloadable content.