Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's DLC roster choices have already been finalized says Masahiro Sakurai; no ballot or fan vote coming

Nintendo made the selections this time

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • November 6, 2018 at 6:59 p.m. PST

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will launch with a massive roster of 74 playable characters, but that number is set to grow even more with DLC in the way of a new Fighters Pass plus the bonus Piranha Plant coming next year and beyond.

Five unannounced new fighters plus their stages and music tracks will soon be in development for the new Smash title if they aren't already, but the choices for who is going to be included in the DLC have reportedly been finalized according to the game's director.

Masahiro Sakurai announced via Twitter today that "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s DLC line-up is now complete." He also asked fans to refrain from flooding his or others' accounts with Tweets or replies with requests if they are not asking for feedback.

Nintendo and not Sakurai nor his team at Sora Ltd. were reportedly the ones to decide upon which characters were chosen for the DLC roster. Smash's longtime director does state, however, that he decides whether they can actually turn Nintendo's selections into actual fighters, so the publisher may have selected more than five possible choices for the developers to choose from.

This announcement appears to confirm that there will be no Smash ballot this time around like there was for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U's DLC following the title's release during which fans could vote on which characters they'd most likely to see come to the fighter. Bayonetta was chosen as the final character to come to Smash 4 because of her popularity on the ballot though others were not developed for a variety of reasons.

Sakurai thanks fans for their enthusiasm and passion for the Smash series, and he hopes that discussions going forward can stay more on topic without being overrun with requests. You check out Sakurai's tweets about the DLC roster and request for fans below.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is releasing on December 7th, but the first DLC won't see release until probably February 2019 for Piranha Plant. The classic Mario series enemy is not a part of the Fighters Pass of five characters and will be free for players who purchase the game before the end of January 2019.

This means by their own timetable that we may not see the first character from the Fighters Pass until around April 2019 and following fighters should release at a steady pace until February 2020, so we likely still have a lengthy wait before we find out who will bring Smash Ultimate to a total of 80 characters.

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