Fighter Pass 2 may be the end of Smash Ultimate DLC

According to the latest Famitsu column from Sakurai, Nintendo has no plans for future DLC after Fighter Pass 2 completes.

The latest Famitsu Column from Super Smash Bros. series director Masahiro Sakurai has revealed that, following the six DLC characters in Fighter Pass 2, Nintendo has no further plans for Smash Ultimate. 

The news comes thanks to the ever diligent translation work of AllSourceGaming journalist and translator PushDustIn, who regularly posts Sakurai column translations to Twitter. Sakurai’s columns in the Famitsu magazine dive into the history of the game’s development and Sakurai’s approach. They also have a handy tendency to leak online (see ryokutya2089.com) in advance of the magazine’s release.

This column confirms not only that Smash Ultimate’s support wis likely tofinish after Fighter Pass 2 has dropped off all six of its new characters, but also that all the choices were made by Nintendo, not Sakurai and his team. Sakurai goes on to state that Smash Ultimate fills his development time completely, meaning he can’t work on any new game concepts. 

Finally, Nintendo isn’t currently planning a fresh entry in the Super Smash Bros. series. That’s no real surprise though, given how much success Ultimate continues to see and how much development time the game is taking. Will Nintendo be able to rope Sakurai into another Smash game after work on Ultimate concludes? We daren’t try to guess. That’ll be down to Sakurai and his team further down the line.

Does this mean that Smash Ultimate is nearing the end of the line? Not by a long shot. With six more characters to deliver, Ultimate will likely be receiving new content for another year at least, and Sakurai promises to give it his all for each and every addition. Of course, the company could also change their mind before Fighter Pass 2 ends, and decide to stick another 20 characters into the bulging sack of fighters Ultimate has conjured up.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s Fighter Pass 2 promises six new fighters, following the addition of Joker, Hero, Banjo & Kazooie, Terry and Byleth in Fighter Pass 1. It’s already available to purchase from the Nintendo Switch store, providing not just six new characters, but also the Ancient Soldier outfit. Each new character will also be available individually in six new Character Packs.

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