Smash

Japanese Smash Ultimate leaker reveals future DLC fighters

Published: 12/Jan/2021 18:48

by Michael Gwilliam

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A Japanese Super Smash Bros Ultimate leak is gaining popularity online for correctly predicting Hero & Steve, as well what could end up being the next DLC fighters.

While most Smash Ultimate leaks amount to nothing, especially when most leakers try to remain anonymous, this one from 2018 has been circling communities recently for containing plenty of accurate information.

Posted onto the Japanese 5ch forum, the leaker wrote that Erdrick/Dragon Quest’s Hero was being developed for the game along with “the default guy” from Minecraft, which ended up being Steve.

It would seem that the leaker was under the impression that these characters were being worked on as far back as 2018, noting that they were “gone” from the base game.

Dragon Quest heroes in Smash
Nintendo
The leaker correctly predicted Dragon Quest’s Hero.

Most notably, the leaker made two very bold claims that could be big news for anyone wanting a Tales of Symphonia rep added to Smash: “Chun-Li was there, but somehow replaced with Ken. Bamco had both Symphonia and Vesperia protagonists in the planning stages, but they’re not here as well.”

Judging by the fact that the leaker claimed Hero and Steve were in development back in 2018, this could end up being a good sign for a Symphonia and Vesperia representative.

As Dexerto previously reported, a new fan theory has emerged suggesting that a Tales Of fighter could be announced during Bandai Namco’s Tales of Festival in March. This would also line up with the amiibo Theory, which suggests that DLC is revealed slightly before or after waves of amiibo. The next wave is scheduled for March.

Tales of Festival
Bandai Namco
The Tales of Festival got pushed to March 2021. Could a fighter be revealed there?

Additionally, the idea that Nintendo originally had Chun-Li as a second Street Fighter character seems plausible, but ultimately opting for Ken as a Ryu echo fighter probably significantly cut down on development time.

However, it’s also possible that she could end up coming to Smash at some point, especially if Nintendo was deep into her development. Unfortunately, the leaker doesn’t elaborate. Amusingly, both Chun-Li and Lloyd from Tales of Symphonia appeared on a leaked list of Sakurai’s supposed character choices.

One other important thing to note about the leak is how it pertains to Kingdom Hearts’ Sora and Final Fantasy 7’s Sephiroth. The leaker wrote: “Sora was also a candidate, but it was rejected because they felt that not having any Disney characters wouldn’t be right as the KH representative.”

Chun Li poses in Street Fighter
Capcom
Could Street Fighter really get a third fighter?

This remark lines up with what former Game Informer editor Imran Kahn revealed about Nintendo approaching Disney about getting Sora in Smash, and how Disney Japan was against the idea.

Finally, while the leaker claimed that Hero ended up being the Square Enix representative over Sephiroth, do keep in mind that this was back before Fighters Pass Volume 1 was completed or Vol 2 was even announced.

It seems like, if this leak is true, that Sephiroth reentered the conversation when Fighters Pas Volume 2 was being discussed.

As always, take these leaks with a grain of salt, but if a Tales representative or Chun-Li join the roster next, there’s an even greater chance that this was all legitimate.

Valorant

Valorant players demand Ascent rooftop fix after Raze “super boost” breaks the game

Published: 15/Jan/2021 18:58

by Michael Gwilliam

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A new Raze “super boost” taking the Valorant community by storm has resulted in players pleading with Riot Games to fix the rooftops on the Ascent map.

Boosting is a controversial, yet intriguing part of most tactical shooters and Valorant is no exception, with players using character models or tricks with abilities to reach new heights.

However, one such boost may be too game-breaking for its own good, leading players to call for Riot to remove it from the game.

The so-called “very illegal” boost was posted to the Valorant subreddit by user Nikkyy and shows how Raze can access positions that make her the most lethal threat in the game.

‘Very illegal’ Raze boost on Ascent from VALORANT

Basically, by performing a satchel boost with her Blast Packs in combination with her Showstopper Ultimate, Raze can travel insane distances. And while it can take a lot of practice to get this right, the end result can be devastating for enemies.

After performing a satchel boost to get on top of a wall on Ascent, players can perform the super rocket boost with the Showstopper to essentially reach the skybox and fire down onto unsuspecting players.

As you can see in the clip, the entire enemy team was like fish in a barrel and fell one-by-one to the Raze player who had a great line of sight from so high up. In the end, the player only died because they started tunnel-visioning on another Agent.

Even the player’s own teammates were shocked at the clip, as they can be heard saying “what the f**k Raze?”

In the comments, users started calling on Riot to fix the map. “These boosts on Ascent rooftops need to be fixed asap,” one remarked.

“This is very illegal. Tremendously illegal. There hasn’t been a more illegal boost,” another added, seemingly mimicking the talking habits of a former Celebrity Apprentice host.

Hopefully, with how much attention the post has received, the devs investigate the issue and prevent the boost from being an issue before it starts affecting more ranked matches.