A hidden message on the Ubisoft Club app seems to suggest that the French video game developer wants Rayman as a playable character in Super Smash Bros Ultimate.
A screenshot taken from the application has been circulating online showcasing how Ubisoft’s “Sam” - a video game AI similar to Alexa - responds when asked about Smash Ultimate.
Sam responds by saying, “Super Smash Bros Ultimate recently announced the final DLC character in its first Fighters Pass: Byleth from the little-known franchise called Fire Emblem. That’s right, another one.”
Look what just happened on the Ubisoft Club App! pic.twitter.com/mhLFLGy8rk
— GareBear1903 #Spyro4Smash (@GBear1903) April 2, 2020
The reply is super cheeky given the controversy over Byleth with many Smash fans annoyed at Nintendo adding yet another Fire Emblem character to the game. It also tells us that the reply was added to Sam’s responses awhile ago, as Byleth was revealed on January 16, 2020.
After hyping up the Ubisoft-themed Mii fighter outfits, Sam ends the response stating: “Here’s hoping Rayman will be part of the next Fighters Pass.”
While a couple of screengrabs taken from the Ubisoft app have appeared online, the response in the Ubisoft Club App seems to have been recently changed.
Now, when asked about Smash Ultimate, Sam will simply say that it “cannot give news about every single game in the world.”
It’s unclear if the response was changed due to the Byleth comment being outdated or if Ubisoft themselves were not happy with the programmed reply. Nonetheless, Ubisoft has gone on record in the past stating they would like Rayman in the game.
In a 2015 tweet, referencing Smash on Wii U, the Ubisoft account wrote that while the company wants Rayman in Nintendo’s fighter, they were “very pleased to have 3 trophies in the game.”
@0scar3O694 Hey Oscar, We'd love to see Rayman join the fight in Smash Bros. but for now we're very pleased to have 3 trophies in the game.
— Ubisoft (@Ubisoft) February 18, 2015
Rayman first debuted in 1995 and has been a regular franchise on Nintendo consoles, ranging from the Game Boy Color to the GameCube, Wii and most recently the Switch.
Ultimate’s Fighters Pass Volume 2 will consist of six additional characters with the first already revealed to be from the ARMS series. Only time will tell if Rayman ends up joining the roster in any capacity, especially with many other developers asking for representation.