Smash

Is Crash Bandicoot coming to Smash Ultimate? Everything we know

Published: 4/Nov/2020 18:26

by Michael Gwilliam

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Super Smash Bros Ultimate is already filled to the brim with iconic video game mascots such as Mario, Sonic, and Megaman. However, the beloved 90s icon of Crash Bandicoot is notably absent. Will he be joining the roster? Here’s what we know so far.

Crash Bandicoot is a fan-favorite, and one of the top choices to make the cut in Fighters Pass Volume 2. He topped a massive poll by Source Gaming as the most-requested DLC fighter, and normally ranks very high in an assortment of fan ballots.

For instance, in the largest fan ballot ever that had over 20,000 votes cast, Crash placed twelfth overall despite some likely interference by Team Fortress fans who overwhelmingly cast votes for Heavy.

He is also still a culturally relevant character, which brings us to our first piece of evidence.

Crash Bandicoot from Crash 4
Activision
Crash Bandicoot has been a rumored DLC fighter.

Crash Bandicoot is rumored to join Smash Ultimate in 2021

As Dexerto previously reported, a leaked Activision document claims that the company had a five-year plan for Crash that would cultivate in his arrival in Smash come 2021.

The plan first came to light when Licensing Source Book, a European magazine that covers the “licensing industry” mentioned it in a passage about the future of Crash.

Insiders who have allegedly seen the document claim that it’s real, and that getting the Bandicoot in Nintendo’s flagship fighter is the final goal listed.

Smash Ultimate Fighters Pass with Min Min and Steve
Nintendo
There are still four fighters yet to be revealed.

Crash 4 has been leaked for Switch

While this doesn’t necessarily prove Crash is coming to Smash, having your latest game on a Nintendo console will pay dividends, especially if it will affect how the character’s model in-game.

On August 7, a user who inspected the Crash 4 website discovered Nintendo Switch details inside the HTML code.

Since the discovery, the website was changed, but that didn’t stop SunwerPrower from screen-grabbing the evidence and sharing it with the world.

That’s not the only Crash 4 leak, either. More recently, the message “Copied from Falcon” was discovered to be hiding within the game’s code.

This is relevant because it’s believed that Falcon was the project name for Spyro Reignited Trilogy, which was a game ported to the Switch. A good sign that Crash could be coming to the Nintendo console.

While it’s interesting that the Switch port hasn’t been announced yet, it’s likely that if it does get announced it is packaged alongside a Crash reveal. This could potentially happen at The Game Awards where Smash has a history of unveiling fighters, like they did for Joker back in 2018.

Only time will tell if Crash ends up joining the roster, but the signs are looking fairly good if the leaks end up being true.

Call of Duty

First look at leaked Black Ops Cold War Season 1 maps & Operators

Published: 1/Dec/2020 23:56 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 0:11

by Brad Norton

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Everything from new maps to incoming Operators and plenty more has all spilled out early, with new Black Ops Cold War leaks revealing a bunch of content coming with the Season 1 update.

We’re still a few days out from the arrival of Season 1, though new Black Ops Cold War leaks are coming through almost every day. From classic modes making a return, to unique in-game events on the horizon, we’ve already got a decent idea of what to expect.

However, things haven’t stopped there. The latest set of datamined content has uncovered our first-look at Season 1 maps, Operators, and more. While the names of incoming maps may have been revealed a while back, we now have a proper look at all four additions coming soon.

Additionally, there’s also a unique Season 1 Starter pack that comes boasting some exclusive rewards. Here’s a rundown on everything we now know thanks to the latest leaks.

First look at Black Ops Cold War Season 1 maps

Up first, we’ve got a quick look at four new locations coming in Season 1. They’re bite-sized pictures that simply reveal the theme of each new map. The first appears to be some kind of game show set as camera equipment and bright signs can be spotted throughout.

Next up looks to be a darker map, perhaps something underground or even a subway system given the briefcases nearby. It may have been an evacuation site. Only time will tell for this one.

The third map pictured seems to be a wide-open locale with some kind of rocket in the center. Maybe a testing facility or a fully-fledged launch site somewhere in the United States.

Last but not least, we have a simple map that looks to feature some amount of office space, shelving, and a patriotic statue of sorts. If earlier intel holds up, one of these new locations will be a fresh Zombies experience. The first appears to be confirmed for Gunfight only, meaning a close-quarters design for 2v2 combat. While the remaining two maps are for core multiplayer game modes.

It’s worth noting that not all of these are confirmed to be launching on day one. While the major update is set to introduce a ton of this new content, some of these maps could be drip-fed throughout the season to keep players coming back. 

First look at Black Ops Cold War Season 1 Operator Skins

What would a new Season in Call of Duty be without some fresh cosmetics? A few of your favorite Operators appear to be getting some new outfits in Season 1. First up is Woods with a new winter look, rocking some snow goggles, thick gloves, a beanie, and a coat.

Next is Sims who has a more casual look this time around. Rather than dressing the part for a mission, he’s wearing a simple top with some cool shades and a hat.

Last but not least is some love for the Warsaw Pact. Portnova has a new skin this Season with a vibrant red top and a matching beret.

Also part of the leaks is an entirely new skin that could be the level 100 unlock in the Season 1 Battle Pass.

This Operator comes equipped for battle with multiple grenades and ammunition pouches on his upper body. Not to mention an imposing mask to cover his presumably scarred face.

Another new Operator wears a gas mask, only has one eye, and could not be more intimidating in an all-black outfit. 

These come alongside a previously leaked Operator skin for Adler. There’s no way of telling how to unlock these items; some might be tied to the Battle Pass, while others could be acquired through challenges like their current variants.