Smash

Multiple fan-favorite Smash Ultimate DLC fighters possibly ruled out

Published: 8/Feb/2021 17:51 Updated: 8/Feb/2021 17:53

by Michael Gwilliam

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A new Super Smash Bros Ultimate tournament may spell “doom” for multiple popular DLC fighter candidates, including Halo’s Master Chief, Tracer from Overwatch, and the fan-favorite Doomguy.

Smash Ultimate is one of the most unique video games in existence due to its insane amount of crossover potential. The only game that may rival it in any capacity is Fortnite, but thanks to a new tournament, even a Fortnite x Smash crossover may be in jeopardy.

The reason being that many possible FPS characters have been deconfirmed is thanks to the latest tournament being strictly for projectile-based fighters.

Fighter candidates such as Master Chief, Doomguy, Tracer, and even an Apex Legends character would, in theory, rely heavily on projectiles as part of their kits.

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The new Smash event could be bad news for Master Chief.

 

While hitscan weapons exist in all those games, the idea of giving some travel time to say, a blaster, would make it more in line with standard Smash fighters. And given the variety of weapons in Halo, Doom, and more, chances are that Master Chief or Doomguy would be primarily projectile-based.

One would think that if a projectile-based fighter was going to come out in Fighters Pass Volume 2, then Nintendo would save this tournament until after they had been released.

As explained by popular Smash Bros YouTuber PapaGenos, “the reason this event is somewhat noteworthy is that having this event now might mean that the rest of the pass does not have a projectile-focused fighter.”

That said, while this does appear to hurt their chances, it doesn’t completely deconfirm them outright. For instance, Final Fantasy’s Sephiroth was released after the 90s event – an event he could have been part of.

However, with an event so focused on projectiles, it seems like it would fit way more with an FPS representative than anything else with it being their “theme” of sorts.

The FPS genre is one that has been absent in Smash so far, so it will be interesting to see what the future holds. For the time being though, it’s highly doubtful that the next DLC will be FPS-related given its proximity to the projectile event.

The next Smash Ultimate DLC is expected to be revealed and released sometime in March, with the final fighter available before the end of 2021. Hopefully, fans finally get to see an FPS character in the game by the time Challenger Pack 11 is announced.

Overwatch

Jeff Kaplan reveals plans for Overwatch 2 closed and open betas

Published: 24/Feb/2021 0:07

by Michael Gwilliam

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Blizzard unveiled loads of new information about Overwatch 2 at BlizzConline, and while the game appears to be shaping up quite well, no release date was announced. Still, players could be getting their hands on it beforehand in the form of betas.

For a proper sequel, as is the case with Overwatch 2, letting players try out the game for themselves en masse can be a major help when it comes to balance and fine-tuning the experience.

Overwatch Game Director Jeff Kaplan was asked about the roadmap for the game and if players can expect a closed beta.

Luckily, he seems pretty optimistic that it will happen, but the ‘when’ still remains up in the air.

“What’s most likely going to happen… we’ve already been having internal milestones, where those have been extended playtests and have involved people outside of just our team playing the game,” Kaplan told IGN.

From there, he expects there will be an internal alpha build for a while that will be more under wraps, with nothing really being talked about publicly.

However, he believes it’s “very likely” the game will transition to a closed beta that will be “more in the public eye.”

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Overwatch 2 should be getting a closed beta.

This is very good news for fans, as his wording implies that they’ll be able to either play it themselves or see a lot of the sequel’s gameplay first-hand – that is, if they’re able to get access.

Unfortunately, for anyone hoping for an open beta, Jeff says it’s still not determined if that will happen.

The lack of an open beta could be good news, though, especially if the team doesn’t believe it needs to happen before release.

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It wouldn’t be a PvE mode without talent trees.

Jeff did also say that the team won’t be going as dark as they had after BlizzCon 2019, so hopefully we get a lot more news about the sequel’s development, new additions, heroes and more leading up to a closed beta.

While there may not be any news on when that closed beta will be happening, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for any information in the months ahead.