Smash Ultimate community divided over Half-Life fighter “leak”

Published: 25/Nov/2019 20:18

by Michael Gwilliam


A supposed leaker by the name of Monsun is taking heat for claiming that a character from the Valve series Half-Life is coming to Smash Bros Ultimate.

On November 18, Monsun posted several leaks on Discord involving Half-Life: Alyx, including its release date, graphics, and VR gameplay. In a follow-up message, he shockingly added: “Gordon is in Smash.”

Gordon Freeman is the protagonist of the Half-Life franchise and one of the most popular first-person shooter characters in gaming alongside other rumored Smash DLC fighters Master Chief and Doomguy.

Monsun went on to write that the character would be revealed at the Game Awards as a latter announcement. It has long been speculated that Nintendo would be showcasing the final Fighters Pass DLC at the event, just as they unveiled Persona’s Joker at the 2018 show.

Is Gordon Freeman really coming to Smash? Press X to doubt.

Freeman is certainly one of the more “out there” leaks regarding Smash Ultimate and as such, the community was divided.

Notable Smash Ultimate leaker Vergeben took to GameFaqs to deconfirm the claim. Vergeben has a history of accurate leaks including Banjo and Terry, so he is seen as somewhat of a prophet in the community.

“The Gordon ‘leak’ is very fake,” Vergeben wrote. When pressed on whether he was sure, he doubled down and wrote in bold “the fifth character is not Gordon.”

ValveGordan Freeman may be the most insane Smash “leak” yet.

Notably, Vergeben also deconfirmed other popular theories such as Ryu Hayabusa, Doomguy and Geno.

Another popular community member, Sabi, polled the Smash community on what they thought of the leak. With nearly 8,000 votes, 82% believed it to be fake.

As for who the next fighter really is, according to Sabi, it remains anyone’s guess so it should be quite a shocker when the character is finally announced, assuming this secrecy from the Big N continues.

Luckily, the DLC won’t stop at five characters as Nintendo has plans for more fighters after Challenger Pack 5 is released. 2020 should be an interesting year for Smash as Ultimate kicks off its second year on the market.

It will also be intriguing to see if Nintendo plans on introducing a second Fighters Pass for the game’s second year.


Japanese Smash Ultimate leaker reveals future DLC fighters

Published: 12/Jan/2021 18:48

by Michael Gwilliam


A Japanese Super Smash Bros Ultimate leak is gaining popularity online for correctly predicting Hero & Steve, as well what could end up being the next DLC fighters.

While most Smash Ultimate leaks amount to nothing, especially when most leakers try to remain anonymous, this one from 2018 has been circling communities recently for containing plenty of accurate information.

Posted onto the Japanese 5ch forum, the leaker wrote that Erdrick/Dragon Quest’s Hero was being developed for the game along with “the default guy” from Minecraft, which ended up being Steve.

It would seem that the leaker was under the impression that these characters were being worked on as far back as 2018, noting that they were “gone” from the base game.

Dragon Quest heroes in Smash
The leaker correctly predicted Dragon Quest’s Hero.

Most notably, the leaker made two very bold claims that could be big news for anyone wanting a Tales of Symphonia rep added to Smash: “Chun-Li was there, but somehow replaced with Ken. Bamco had both Symphonia and Vesperia protagonists in the planning stages, but they’re not here as well.”

Judging by the fact that the leaker claimed Hero and Steve were in development back in 2018, this could end up being a good sign for a Symphonia and Vesperia representative.

As Dexerto previously reported, a new fan theory has emerged suggesting that a Tales Of fighter could be announced during Bandai Namco’s Tales of Festival in March. This would also line up with the amiibo Theory, which suggests that DLC is revealed slightly before or after waves of amiibo. The next wave is scheduled for March.

Tales of Festival
Bandai Namco
The Tales of Festival got pushed to March 2021. Could a fighter be revealed there?

Additionally, the idea that Nintendo originally had Chun-Li as a second Street Fighter character seems plausible, but ultimately opting for Ken as a Ryu echo fighter probably significantly cut down on development time.

However, it’s also possible that she could end up coming to Smash at some point, especially if Nintendo was deep into her development. Unfortunately, the leaker doesn’t elaborate. Amusingly, both Chun-Li and Lloyd from Tales of Symphonia appeared on a leaked list of Sakurai’s supposed character choices.

One other important thing to note about the leak is how it pertains to Kingdom Hearts’ Sora and Final Fantasy 7’s Sephiroth. The leaker wrote: “Sora was also a candidate, but it was rejected because they felt that not having any Disney characters wouldn’t be right as the KH representative.”

Chun Li poses in Street Fighter
Could Street Fighter really get a third fighter?

This remark lines up with what former Game Informer editor Imran Kahn revealed about Nintendo approaching Disney about getting Sora in Smash, and how Disney Japan was against the idea.

Finally, while the leaker claimed that Hero ended up being the Square Enix representative over Sephiroth, do keep in mind that this was back before Fighters Pass Volume 1 was completed or Vol 2 was even announced.

It seems like, if this leak is true, that Sephiroth reentered the conversation when Fighters Pas Volume 2 was being discussed.

As always, take these leaks with a grain of salt, but if a Tales representative or Chun-Li join the roster next, there’s an even greater chance that this was all legitimate.