Nintendo have officially revealed when fans of popular fighting game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate can expect to find out who the next character heading to the game will be, announcing a special presentation featuring the game's director.
Fans were eagerly anticipating an announcement in early January when a Nintendo Direct presentation was scheduled, but once it became clear that the event was solely focussed on Pokemon, players were left to wonder as to when we would receive news on the next fighter to jump into the action.
Finally, Nintendo have confirmed when the information will be released worldwide, and the good news is that fans don't have long to wait until they can catch their first glimpse of the newest fighter in the game.
In a tweet sent out on Tuesday, January 14 from the official Nintendo Versus Twitter page, it was confirmed that the game's director Masahiro Sakurai would be taking part in a special 35-minute video livestream, that will feature an in-depth look at the game's next DLC fighter which will be unveiled during the broadcast.
The presentation will take place on Thursday, January 16, with the broadcast starting at 6:00 AM PST / 9:00 AM EST / 2:00 PM GMT on Nintendo's social media platforms, with information about a release time and date for the new character expected to round-off the unveiling, letting fans know when they'll be able to download the game's fifth DLC pack.
Join Super #SmashBrosUltimate director Masahiro Sakurai on 1/16 at 6am PT for a roughly 35 minute video livestream featuring an in-depth look at an upcoming DLC fighter, which he will unveil in the video! pic.twitter.com/aOz0ilAiXU
— Nintendo Versus (@NintendoVS) January 14, 2020
Who will be the next Smash Ultimate fighter?
While the announcement is set, neither Nintendo nor Sakurai have given fans any hints about who we can expect to see. That doesn't mean external sources haven't let some things slip, however, with the favorite to be the next DLC fighter currently Dante from the Devil May Cry franchise.
Back on January 9, Capcom producer Matt Walker stated that major announcements for their franchise were coming on January 16, January 30, and February 13, and with Thursday now confirmed to hold news for the future of Smash Ultimate's DLC, these two appear to be linked. On top of that, the voice actor who plays V in DMC also let slip that Dante was coming to Smash Bros. during an interview on the AMA podcast in early January.
For official confirmation, we'll have to wait until January 16 though, and perhaps Nintendo will throw a spanner in the works and unleash an unexpected fighter into the world.