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Leak claims Crash Bandicoot will join Smash Ultimate in 2021

Published: 5/Oct/2020 18:48

by Michael Gwilliam


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.


Blizzard changes Overwatch Priority Pass again to stop system abuse

Published: 16/Jan/2021 2:04

by Andrew Amos


Blizzard has implemented more changes to their Overwatch Priority Pass program to stop players from abusing the system to get their preferred role more often.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch has been a successful addition so far. Giving players the option to jump the queue for high-traffic roles by sacrificing a few games has helped tackle the game’s long queue times.

However, it hasn’t been without its flaws. Game quality has been pulled into question, with people playing off-role for these passes. Also, people have been abusing the current system to just stack passes quickly by intentionally losing.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch
Blizzard Entertainment
Priority Passes have been a hit with Overwatch players, but it’s not perfect.

Blizzard are looking to crack down on the latter issue with their latest changes to Priority Pass on January 15.

“Our data indicates that the Priority Pass is functioning as intended, generally providing shorter queue times for those who use them. The goal of the Priority Pass is to improve player experience and get players into matches quicker,” community manager Josh Nash told players.

“In the same vein, we don’t want this feature to have a negative impact on the quality of matches for yourself or others. We want to do our part to discourage players from intentionally losing and ruining matches for the sake of earning priority passes.”

If you lose a match while playing for passes, you’ll only gain one pass instead of two. This will stop players from just inting their games for the ticket.

Blizzard are also refunding passes to players if they queued up for a role using Priority Pass, but then had to wait longer than the estimated time for it.

Oni Genji Overwatch skin
These changes mean you won’t burn through your passes as quickly.

These changes are active immediately, so you can make use of them straight away. Blizzard are continuing to tweak the system as time goes on, and are “ looking into how we can better communicate when you are rewarded passes after playing a match.”