Leak claims Crash Bandicoot will join Smash Ultimate in 2021

Michael Gwilliam
Crash Bandicoot in Smash

Crash Bandicoot has been one of the most popular fan-favorites to make it into Super Smash Bros Ultimate as a DLC fighter, and a leak suggests that this is part of a five-year plan for Activision.

According to the rumor, a leaked Activision document laid out the company’s plans for Crash with new video games including getting the character into Smash Bros in 2021.

The “five-year plan” supposedly first surfaced when Licensing Source Book, a European magazine that covers the “licensing industry” featured a passage about the future of Crash Bandicoot.

“The new game has had a huge success at retail with no marketing spend. Next it will be going broader (Switch and PC), and there will be another game in 2019. Activision have a five-year plan for this and GB eye is delighted to be fully on board for all products,” the magazine stated, according to Destructoid.

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

It is also alleged that the document detailing the plan in question was leaked online and certain insiders have claimed it is real.

Twitter user ‘TheNintendata’ explained the rumor in greater detail, especially the information as it pertains to the character coming to Smash in 2021.

“This comes from a document that was leaked from Activision… in this we can find that they have planned that Crash arrives at Smash the following year,” they wrote.

“The mentioned document was leaked and some industry experts have come out to say that it is real, with this in mind, yes, there is a good chance that Crash is part of Fighter Pass 2,” the user added, but noted this does not confirm Crash will be coming to the game.

Smash Ultimate still has four DLC fighter spots remaining now that Steve from Minecraft was confirmed as the seventh challenger pack. Could Crash really be coming in 2021?

Also, while there’s no confirmation that Crash is going to be Fighter 8, it’s also possible that Crash may enter Smash as a Mii Outfit such as what happened with Travis Touchdown despite series creator Suda51 pushing for the No More Heroes star to be in the game.

According to Mojang co-founder Daniel Kaplan, getting Steve in Smash took five years to get done, so the fact that getting Crash may be part of a long-term plan doesn’t seem so farfetched. It also makes this leak more relevant retroactively.

Crash has been rumored for some time, just as some leakers said Minecraft would have a presence in Ultimate so maybe the future is looking bright for the Bandicoot.