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Smash Ultimate creator details future DLC plans

Published: 12/Sep/2019 1:38 Updated: 12/Sep/2019 2:34

by Brent Koepp


Super Smash Bros. Ultimate creator Masahiro Sakurai sat down for an interview with popular Japanese video game magazine Famitsu, where he detailed future DLC plans for the popular fighting game.

Smash Ultimate has continued to be a huge success since its release back in December, and the introduction of the Fighters Pass DLC has been popular with fans, and has helped boost the excitement and longevity for the title, with each new third party character added becoming an event. 

In an interview with Famitsu on September 11, the series’ creator Masahiro Sakurai outlined Ultimate’s future plans.

Sakurai wants to keep adding DLC characters

During the recent Nintendo Direct on September 4, fans were surprised when it was announced that more characters would be in development outside of the Fighters Pass. “Outside the five fighters included in the Fighter Pass, we can confirm that other new fighters are in development.” it said.

In an interview with Famitsu translated by gaming sources PushDustIn, Kody ‘NOKOLO’, and Source Gaming on Twitter, Sakurai revealed that he would keep adding DLC characters to Ultimate as long as possible. 

“As long as there’s an opportunity to make more fighters, Sakurai wants to push the record further. As long as Sakurai can please someone with the addition of a new fighter, then it’s best for him to work on the game.” NOKOLO tweeted.

The Smash Bros director also said that Ultimate is a one of a kind title with its complete roster, and sees it as a collaboration which gives him potential to keep adding characters. 

“Smash Ultimate is an exception. By having every veteran fighter, and by having a number of collaborations with various games in Spirits mode and countless songs, Smash Ultimate is the ultimate collaboration title. This kind of game is definitely unprecedented.” NOKOLO added.

Future titles will not have as many characters 

According to a third tweet by the translator, Sakurai cautioned fans that future titles would not have as many characters, as fans should not have the same expectations as they have with Ultimate.

“If Smash Bros. continues in the future, then there’s no way this many fighters and series can be represented again. There are still requests from all over the world for new fighters in Smash.” he said.

Fatal Fury’s Terry Bogard was the latest hero announced for the game on September 4, and is the fourth addition to the Fighter Pass.

With the announcement that new characters will be added outside of the pass, and Sakurai wanting to keep adding characters to the already beefed-up roster, the possibilities seem limitless.


Smash Ultimate voice files hint at upcoming DLC fighter

Published: 22/Oct/2020 18:54

by Michael Gwilliam


Super Smash Bros Ultimate still has four characters yet to be announced for the Fighters Pass Volume 2, and a new theory may help narrow down their identities.

When looking at the voice files in-game, there are five empty slots. Looking back at the first Fighters Pass, after Terry Bogard’s release, there were two spots remaining, which ended up going to the male and female forms of Byleth.

Upon Steve’s release, the voice files didn’t change, suggesting that something similar could be happening with a future fighter.

As Andree123 explained on the SmashBoards forums, “there are currently 5 empty voice slots in the voice clip section of the sound test menu as of 9.0.0.”

Smash Ultimate voice files
Voice theory was first suggested prior to Byleth’s release.

“This means we are most likely getting a fighter with a different character/opposite gender alt with a different voice in the Fighters Pass vol. 2,” they added, but noted that it’s still possible we don’t end up getting one at all.

Of course, it’s actually even a possibility that another fighter ends up being just like Steve and doesn’t take up a voice file. This could eventually result in two fighters having female and male variants or even a fighter with three variants.

Really, there are a lot of different outcomes based on this theory, but the fact it has a proven record make it nothing to scoff at or dismiss.

Male and female Byleth
Many fighters have female and male variants.

If we are in fact getting a future fighter with female/male alternate costumes or maybe even two male/female voices, Resident Evil could be a good fit.

Leon S Kennedy with either Claire or Chris Redfield as an alternate costume would certainly work given the franchise’s history on Nintendo consoles.

Another option, given how Crash Bandicoot has been rumored, is that we get Coco from Crash 4: It’s About Time as an alternate costume.

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

On the flip side, although unlikely, this could suggest there will be another DLC release after Fighters Pass Volume 2.

Only time will tell if this theory holds up, but it certainly raises some interesting questions about future downloadable content.