Masahiro Sakurai has confirmed that a successor to Super Smash Bros Ultimate isn’t planned after the second fighter’s pass reaches its point of conclusion.
First released in the latter months of 2018, Super Smash Bros Ultimate has grown into the most ambitious crossover fighter in gaming history, and seemingly shows no signs of slowing.
January saw the conclusion of the first Fighter’s Pass, a piece of downloadable content which saw a total of six new characters added to the game alongside relevant stages, music and other additions.
Some of these new faces included Banjo Kazooie, Byleth, Terry Bogard and more. Each fighter has been a welcome surprise, and Nintendo plans to build upon that with a second Fighter’s Pass going forward.
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Speaking to Japanese publication Famitsu (via PushDustin) Sakurai confirmed that a sequel to Super Smash Bros Ultimate isn’t planned after the completion of Fighter’s Pass 2, of which all fighters have already been chosen. We won’t find out who they are for a while, though.
Sakurai added that Nintendo has the final say on all characters, and none of it is down to him personally. Knowing this, perhaps fans should hold back on the disapproval held for Fire Emblem’s Byleth, who was added to the game back in January.
The developer also said that while working on Smash Ultimate his directing duties are fully occupied, meaning this is his sole project. It’s unclear what he will move onto once Ultimate is shelved, although claims he wants to continue his work to keep fans happy.
Earning 4/5 in our review, Super Smash Bros Ultimate remains one of the best games you can buy on Nintendo Switch. It’s perfect for playing through solo with the single-player campaign or gathering several friends around the television for a brutal free-for-all. It’s genuinely brilliant, and we’re excited to see it grow even further in the months and years to come.