Now that Min Min is available to play in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Masahiro Sakurai is able to freely talk about her development. Thanks to the efforts of PushDust1n and Robert Sephazon, we now have a translation of Masahiro Sakurai’s latest Famitsu Column entry.
Sakurai seemingly confirms that DLC support for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will end after the Fighters Pass Vol. 2’s remaining five characters are finished.
“There are only five more DLC fighters. After they have been released, the continuous Smash development from Smash for the 3DS and the Wii U will finally come to an end.” – Masahiro Sakurai
“There are only five more DLC fighters. After they have been released, the continuous Smash development from Smash for the 3DS and the Wii U will finally come to an end,” said Sakurai according to Sephazon’s translation. “The team is already underway developing the remaining characters, and will continue doing their best working from home.”
When the COVID-19 global pandemic hit, Japan declared a state of emergency that confined the country’s residents to their homes. Thanks to Sakurai and his company, Sora Ltd., the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate development team has transitioned well with working from home.
Despite the circumstances surrounding the novel coronavirus, Masahiro Sakurai and the rest of the development team promised to deliver the Fighters Pass Vol. 2’s remaining five characters.
It seems that there currently aren’t any plans for a Fighters Pass Vol. 3 once the development for the second set of challengers is wrapped up. Sakurai has even previously mentioned that he was unsure if the series would be able to continue after Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Notably, Sakurai has been working on the Smash series nearly non-stop since Super Smash Bros. 4, sans a small vacation period between the designing of Smash 4’s DLC and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s base game.
While data-miners have previously reported that there will still be plenty of character slots on reserve once the Fighters Pass Vol. 2 is complete, it seems that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s total number of playable characters (including Echo Fighters as their own entities) will be 86.
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