Smash

Sakurai’s Smash Ultimate DLC fighter choices reportedly leaked back in 2019

Published: 30/Dec/2020 17:39

by Michael Gwilliam

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An older Super Smash Bros Ultimate leak is gaining traction for listing all of series creator Masahiro Sakurai’s DLC options back in 2019, providing some validity to it.

Super Smash Bros Ultimate may be the most rumor-filled game to ever be released seeing as how so many companies are involved with the Nintendo fighter in one way or another. With so many cooks in the kitchen so to speak, it’s possible that some leaks squeak through.

One leak, posted way back in May of 2019, claims Nintendo gave Sakurai a list of characters to choose from, of which there are about forty.

As always, take these claims with a grain of salt, but that said, the leak is now more relevant than ever as it correctly listed all but one of the Smash Ultimate DLC so far, including the most-recent DLC fighter Sephiroth.

Sephiroth in Smash Ultimate
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The leaked list even included the Final Fantasy 7 antagonist Sephiroth.

The one exception on the list is ARMS’ Min Min, who is notably absent. Though it’s possible her inclusion was decided after the fact, assuming the list really did come from Nintendo.

What really makes the leak stand out is the addition of Terry Bogard from SNK’s Fatal Fury. Terry was seen as a massive wild card when he was first revealed, catching many fans off guard completely. The fact his name comes up in this list is certainly eye-catching and irregular.

Other names listed include popular favorites such as Crash Bandicoot, Phoenix Wright, Leon S Kennedy, Spyro, Lara Croft and Sora. Though notably absent are Master Chief and Geno – two characters many fans are dying to see in Smash.

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

Perhaps what makes this leak the most intriguing is that it pairs nicely with another older leak Dexerto recently reported on. A Smash Ultimate prophet who correctly predicted half of Fighters Pass Volume 2 so far has all their remaining guesses intact when comparing their choices to this list.

In May 2020, an anonymous user predicted Doomguy, Rayman and Ryu Hayabusa would be coming in the second pass. All of those characters are part of the list leaked back in 2019. While this could be a mere coincidence, it is definitely worth noting.

We’ll just have to wait and see if the remaining names from the leaked list line up with the yet-to-be-announced DLC and if either leak ends up proving to be true.

Call of Duty

Black Ops Cold War Zombies: New Firebase Z details, Tombstone Soda, Scorestreaks

Published: 15/Jan/2021 21:29 Updated: 15/Jan/2021 21:30

by Tanner Pierce

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In celebration of 115 day (which is a reference to Element 115 from Zombies lore), Treyarch have revealed some of the first major details about the upcoming Black Ops Cold War Zombies map, Firebase Z.

During the Black Ops Cold War’s mid-season update, Treyarch announced that a new Zombies map, titled Firebase Z, would be coming before the end of the season and confirmed that more details would be coming on 115 day.

Now, that day is here and it’s safe to say that Treyarch have delivered, at least for the time being, confirming exactly how the map connects to the mode’s overall narrative and revealing some new items that players will be able to use while grinding their way through it.

Black Ops Cold War Firebase Z story

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Firebase Z will take place in Vietnam and feature new enemies.

According to Treyarch, Firebase Z takes place in a facility called Outpost 25, which is located in the jungles of Vietnam. Set after the events of the first map, Die Maschine, Samantha Maxis has been captured by Omega Group and it’s up to the Requiem team to go and save her, which brings them to Outpost 25.

The developers also confirmed that the map will feature some brand-new enemies and gameplay mechanics, but they failed to go into detail about what exactly they will be. Could we be seeing a new boss zombie similar to the Megaton from Die Maschine? Fans will have to just wait and see.

New Zombies perk and scorestreaks

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Tombstone Soda is returning in Black Ops Cold War and it’ll operate a bit differently than it has in the past.

In addition to the narrative details, Treyarch also confirmed some of the new items coming to the game. The first, which was teased a few weeks back, is the Tombstone Soda perk.

For Black Ops Cold War, the aforementioned perk, which originated in Black Ops II, will feature some novel abilities.

While the player has the perk active, they will turn into a “shadow” if they’re downed. In this form, players can use weapons while they attempt to revive themselves. That being said, if you die while in shadow form, you’re done, presumably until the next round.

If you’re a fan of the original perk, however, that’s not a problem, as the tier-three upgrade for the Black Ops Cold War version allows you to drop a small stash, which includes all of your original items, when you die, which is almost identical to how the BO2 version worked.

Beyond that, the developers also confirmed that two new scorestreaks will be coming to the game: the Artillery and Napalm Strike. Each one can be crafted from the Crafting Table, although it’s unknown whether or not they’ll be available on just Firebase Z or if Die Maschine is also getting some love.

All in all, it seems like Firebase Z is going to bring a ton of cool features when it launches on February 4, 2021, which is sure to liven up the overall Zombies experience in Black Ops Cold War.