It seems like the end, my friends
If you missed Sakurai’s Kazuya presentation for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, we recapped the entire thing. Go watch it! One little tidbit that got tucked away in there though is the confirmation that yes, the DLC train is coming to an end. The final DLC fighter is imminent.
Amazingly, despite having a gigantic base roster, Smash Ultimate got not only one, but two “Fighters Pass” runs, the second of which will culminate “by the end of the year,” according to Sakurai. So that’s our first big confirmation right there: that the last DLC is still on track for 2021.
Oh, and I spoiled the second bit: it’s the last DLC. While Sakurai is known for his tricks, it seems like Smash Ultimate is actually done when that last fighter is released: which will be roughly three years after launch.
Here’s what Sakurai says verbatim about the final DLC fighter:
“But finally, the next DLC fighter will be the last one. There won’t be any more after that. It’ll be a while before that announcement, but it’ll be available this year as planned.”
I mean, there’s really no way to please everyone with this last one, unless it’s something absolutely insane like Goku. But even then, people will say he’s not “game related,” so they’ll lose from that angle. Drat! I foiled myself and hyped myself up for Goku at the same time. While we’re on the subject though, Steve would have been a killer finale.
While Kazuya seems to be mostly accepted right now by the community (his reveal, at least), the last DLC will need to be something with a little more pizazz. Given that this could be the last Smash project with Sakurai involved (when will he retire?!), I think they’re planning on it.