Doom Eternal director: We've never been approached and asked, 'Hey can Doomguy be in Smash Bros. Ultimate?'

Maybe we shouldn't hold our breath like with Banjo-Kazooie...

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • January 22, 2020 at 2:28 p.m. PST

With the announcement of Byleth for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate came the reveal that six additional challengers will join via the Fighters Pass volume 2. As the selections have already been made, getting an iconic video game character in through requests would be very difficult at this point.

If we are to take the recent statements of Marty Stratton, Doom Eternal director, at face value, then it would appear that Doom Slayer's chances have been dramatically reduced. In an interview with Metro, it was declared that the team has never been approached by Nintendo about the subject of adding the Doom Slayer to the Super Smash Bros. roster.

"We’ve never been approached and said, 'Hey can Doomguy be in Smash Bros.?' But we’re open-minded if they wanna ask," stated Stratton. "But we hear it all the time [from fans]. Who would say no?"

Despite this, it does sound like Bethesda did make an attempt to talk to Nintendo at one point. Specifically, they asked Nintendo if Doom Slayer could be in Smash.

"We’ve had… I don’t even know who talked to who, but we’ve bantered with them," continued Stratton. "We have a great relationship with them through bringing Doom 2016 to Switch and that kind of stuff. So we have great people over there but it’s one of those things where it’s like, 'Wouldn’t it be cool?' But it’s never gone anywhere serious, so we’ll see."

Of course, in the event that Doom Slayer is planned for the Fighters Pass volume 2 and Marty Stratton was in the know about that, he'd most likely be prohibited from revealing this type of information due to the potential existence of a non-disclosure agreement. In addition, he might not necessarily want to disclose that for the sake of a hype announcement.

It's worth mentioning that Grant Kirkhope, the composer for the Banjo-Kazooie series, told fans that he "wouldn't hold [his] breath" over Banjo-Kazooie's chances in Smash mere days before the E3 reveal. In reality, Kirkhope was hired to compose the Spiral Mountain theme in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate around January 2019.

As a result, we should probably take Stratton's words with a grain of salt in regards to Doom Slayer's chances in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. We won't know for sure until the Fighters Pass volume 2's contents are fully unveiled. Unfortunately, it's been estimated that this round of DLC will be completed by December 2021.

Source via GoNintendo.

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