Smash Bros. Ultimate’s Next Fighter Will Be Its Last

Smash Bros. Ultimate’s Next Fighter Will Be Its Last
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Nintendo announced that Tekken’s Kazuya will go live in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tomorrow, June 29. One more character will be announced sometime in the future as part of Fighters Pass Vol. 2, but it will be the last added to the game, director Masahiro Sakurai confirmed today.

“But finally, the next DLC fighter will be the last one. There won’t be any more after that,” Sakurai said in a pre-recorded video streamed on YouTube earlier today. “It’ll be a while before that announcement, but it’ll be available this year as planned, so please be patient.”

The final unannounced character would bring Smash Bros. Ultimate’s already-beefy roster up to a whopping 82 fighters. Whoever it ends up being, fans of every other possible gaming crossover, from Kingdom Hearts’ Sora to Halo’s Master Chief, will no doubt be disappointed. Hopefully it’s not another sword fighter.

The game’s first fighter pass added the likes of Persona 5‘s Joker, Dragon Quest XI’s Hero, Rare platformer duo Banjo & Kazooie, King of Fighters’ Terry Bogard, and Fire Emblem: Three Houses’ Byleth. The game’s second fighter pass added ARMS’ Min Min, Minecraft’s Steve, Final Fantasy VII’s Sephiroth, and Xenoblade Chronicles 2‘s Pyra and Mythra so far.

But even if Smash Bros. Ultimate’s roster is about to be capped for good, Nintendo has still been pretty creative about adding additional cameos via Mii fighter outfits.

The bigger question is whether Sakurai will stick around to work on whatever the next Smash Bros. game is, or retire from the series. “Now that I think about it, it’s been close to 10 years since Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS was in development,” he said during today’s video. “I’ve been working on this for a long time. You could call it my life’s work.”

Sakurai reflected on what leaving Smash Bros. might be like in a Famitsu column earlier this year titled “Everything Comes to an End.” Without laying out any definitive plans, he wrote in part about how much more time he’d have away from his notoriously gruelling work schedule. “Eventually, I’ll get old, and there’s no way I can work forever.”

Comments

  • Well now that we got Kazuya Mishima from BANDAI NAMCO’S Tekken in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate even though it’s been 25 years since Tekken came out in 1994.
    I hope the last DLC fighter coming out later this year as planned will be that orange marsupial who is celebrating his 25th anniversary on September 9 this year and that is Crash Bandicoot.
    We’ve already got Rare’s platforming duo Banjo and Kazooie, Joker from Persona 5 the Hero from Dragon Quest XI, Terry Bogard from SNK’s Fatal Fury and Byleth from Fire Emblem Three Houses.
    Also in the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighter’s Pass Volume 2 we also got Min Min from ARMS, Steve from Mojang’s Minecraft, Sephiroth from Final Fantasy VII and Pyra and Mythra from Xenoblade Chronicles 2.
    Hopefully this last DLC fighter will be Crash Bandicoot as for Halo’s Master Chief appearing in Smash as our last DLC fighter not going to happen.
    I really want DLC fighter number 11 to be Crash Bandicoot as our last ever DLC fighter for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate because the orange marsupial himself is celebrating his 25th anniversary and I hope Activision adds Crash Bandicoot as our last DLC fighter for Smash but we’ll just wait and see fingers crossed.

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