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Sakurai confirms that Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC support ends with Fighters Pass 2, says the next Smash isn't being planned yet

Let Sakurai rest, damnit!

This week's Famitsu has another column from Masahiro Sakurai, and as you might guess, he talks a bit about Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Sakurai wants one thing to be very clear about Smash Bros. Ultimate. When it comes to DLC, things are being wrapped with Fighters Pass 2. Once all the content in Fighters Pass 2 is complete, Smash Bros. Ultimate will not receive anymore DLC. Hopefully whatever comes in Fighters Pass 2 will satiate you! Sakurai also once again reiterates that characters in this Fighters Pass are chosen by Nintendo.

Finally, Sakurai makes a quick note about a successor to Smash Bros. Ultimate. According to Sakurai, work on a sequel hasn't even hit the planning stages yet. Let's hope that's true, as Sakurai definitely needs a break!

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Looks like i'm in the minority that prefers it that the next Smash changes up the formula, cuts the roster in half for better balance, goes back to just being Nintendo All-Stars, gives characters like Mario, Link, DK, etc totally brand new movesets, and greatly improves the online infrastructure.

Planning the next one will definitely be a challenge. There's no way it will have as many fighters and stages as Ultimate and they can't really take a backwards step, I would think it would have to change up the game a bit with a sort of diagonal step.

Let's just pray he doesn't leave the in a broken state at the end of this like Bayo in Smash 4.

Wed Feb 19 20 07:07am
Rating: 3 (Updated 1 time)

I feel like Smash Ultimate is so good that it should just be a platform that continues to be built up with DLC over this gen and beyond. To regress back from having all of these characters would be a such a shame. It really is a perfect foundation as far as I’m concerned, it plays and looks great. Obviously Nintendo would want a new Smash for their next console but I wouldn’t be opposed to it just being Ultimate 2.0, including everything from Ultimate but with a graphical bump, some new modes and characters to start off with and then pick up from there with yearly DLC updates.

At this point, I can't image what the next SSB could be, if not a "complete" edition of SSBU with a dozen or so new characters successively added via DLC.

Looks like i'm in the minority that prefers it that the next Smash changes up the formula, cuts the roster in half for better balance, goes back to just being Nintendo All-Stars, gives characters like Mario, Link, DK, etc totally brand new movesets, and greatly improves the online infrastructure.

Wed Feb 19 20 12:57pm
Rating: 1 (Updated 2 times)

I agree with this. Smash is bloated at this point and I'd rather see a reboot that aims to give characters like Mario and Link new movesets that better represent them than Ulitmate but this time even more characters.

Plus there are a ton of characters in Smash that have overstayed their welcome like Marth, Greninja, Dr. Mario, ROB, and so on who frankly only exist because they have a slot to fill in Smash.

I think most of that would happen. Though online isn't only a Smash thing.

All in all, it feels this game taps the current direction Smash has taken. It seems appropiate they try to break conventions and attempt something different.

Good. This man needs a year long vacation once the second Fighter's Pass is complete.

Very curious to who the next fighters are and what ports might come to the Switch with them. A bit late for that Nier:A port, eh? Would love 2B in smash ;)

I just can't see how they can outdo Smash Ultimate though. It's just so packed with so much detail and fun...

Sakurai has mentioned before that he can't just release new Smash games with just more characters and stages. He would have to drastically change the formula to justify a new game and unfortunately this means characters that have appeared to date will be subject to being cut from the next installment for whatever reason.

Sure you will always have your mainstays like Mario that will always appear, but newer characters might not receive a return trip (like some of the newer FE characters will get replaced with future FE characters).

I think for the next game what'll be tricky is making the game feel different and making the game look different. Since I feel Ultimate can stand on it's own as the final version of what Smash has been since Brawl.

The next one would most likely be next gen as this one has enough content that a sequel is redundant at this point.

But really though, something besides Smash is more needed...like Kid Icarus or...idk...Star Fox?

Star Fox has bombed it's chances recently not only with Zero, but also it doesn't seem Starlink make that much conversation on the IP.

I'm still hopeful because I did like Zero.

The truth of the matter is that both series were mainly pushed by either Miyamoto or Sakurai. Also like F-Zero it seems the problem is that they don't have someone or a team that could take it on some direction. Because it's probable that whenever that case happens it'll play different or even be redesigned completely.

SSBU is not even done yet and you all are already thinking of the next one. Lol Get ready to wait. We won’t be seeing Smash 6 any time soon. 2028 at the earliest.

I’ll probably skip the next and future smash games. I haven’t picked it up since finishing the single player mode. Adulting gets in the way of having local multiplayer so I’m sticking more and more to single player only games.

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