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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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New Smash Ultimate DLC theory suggests next fighter is from Bandai Namco

Published: 4/Jan/2021 19:28

by Michael Gwilliam

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With only three more DLC characters remaining in Super Smash Bros Ultimate Fighters Pass Volume 2, some new theories have surfaced surrounding the identity of the next challenger. Now, some are leaning towards the ninth DLC being a Bandi Namco representative.

Smash Ultimate may be the most rumor-filled video game of all time, seeing as how it takes from so many different titles throughout gaming history and mashes them together in the biggest crossover ever.

As such, it’s not strange to hear rumors about Master Chief or Doom Guy appearing in Nintendo’s flagship fighter. Now, a theory has emerged suggesting that the next character to be revealed will be from Bandai Namco, and there is some evidence to back this up.

Thanks to annoying health issues affecting the globe, Bandai Namco’s Tales of Festival 2020 was delayed from June to March 2021 as part of the franchise’s 25th anniversary.

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The Tales of Festival got pushed to March 2021.

Seeing as Bandai Namco is a lead developer on Smash Ultimate, announcing a DLC fighter during or around the Tales of Festival would make sense. Even though Nintendo very rarely correlates DLC reveals with other events, sometimes circumstances align perfectly, such as when Minecraft Steve was shown off just before Minecon.

There is also some major circumstantial evidence supporting the possibility of a Tales rep appearing in Smash Ultimate. For one, while many of the Smash 4 Mii costumes have returned in Ultimate (such as Geno from Super Mario RPG), Tales of Symphonia’s Lloyd Irving’s has not.

While it’s possible Nintendo is saving his Mii costume for a future reveal, the fact that it’s currently absent means that Lloyd hasn’t been ruled out as a DLC fighter just yet.

Lloyd mii fighter poses
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Where is the Lloyd Mii fighter?

Plus, Lloyd was listed in an earlier leak that claims Sakurai was given a list of characters that would be possible DLC fighters. Another fighter on the list was Yuri from Tales of Vesperia.

Could Yuri be coming to Smash in an announcement that includes the return of the Lloyd Mii costume? That could very well be the case seeing as when Sephiroth was announced, a few different Final Fantasy 7 Miis were revealed too.

Another thing to keep in mind is that back in September of 2019, voice actor Scott Menville tweeted, “I wish I could tell you about this cool voice-over project I’ve been working on but they had me sign an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement).”

Menville is known for voicing Lloyd Irving in the English rendition of the Tales series, though it’s unclear if the voice could have been recorded so early on if the project was in fact Smash Ultimate.

One final piece of evidence pointing towards a March DLC reveal is the ever-popular Amiibo theory, which states that when amiibo waves are released, a DLC fighter is only a few weeks behind or ahead. So far, the theory has never been proven wrong and the next batch of Smash Bros amiibo with Terry, Byleth and Banjo scheduled for March 26, 2021.

Terry, Banjo and Byleth amiibos
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The festival could line up nicely with amiibo theory.

We’ll just have to wait and see what happens with the first DLC of 2021, but so far, there’s an interesting case to be made for a Bandai Namco fighter.