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Masahiro Sakurai iterates for the sixth time that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's DLC will end but the excessive messaging feels necessary

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • July 12, 2021 at 7:30 a.m. PDT • Comments: 16

With Min Min, Steve, Sephiroth, Pyra & Mythra and Kazuya Mishima now playable in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, only one more mysterious challenger remains for the Fighters Pass Vol. 2. Since Min Min's release, Masahiro Sakurai has been adamant that the implementation of this final character will not only be the end for the Fighters Pass Vol. 2, but it will also conclude DLC — including additional fighters — for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

In Famitsu Column 632, Masahiro Sakurai's section mostly focused on the subject of Kazuya Mishima in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Towards the end of the Famitsu Column, Sakurai once again reiterated that DLC will be ending after this next character. A translated synopsis of what has been written by Sakurai has been provided by Kody Nokolo of Source Gaming.

"Sakurai mentions again that there's only one character left," wrote Kody Nokolo on Sakurai's Famitsu Column entry. "This is the end: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be complete."

This is actually the sixth time that Sakurai has stated something like this in regards to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's DLC. Though this might seem excessive, Sakurai also probably feels like it's necessary for him to keep communicating this so that there's no room for doubt among the fans.

As mentioned before, Sakurai actually first started communicating that the completion of Fighters Pass Vol. 2 would mark the end of post-launch content for the game following the release of Min Min.

"There are only five more DLC fighters," said Sakurai back then. "After they have been released, the continuous Smash development from Smash for the 3DS and the Wii U will finally come to an end."

Of course, Sakurai's word choice here left room for different interpretations from the fans at the time. Though the "continuous development" would end, some believed that Sakurai and the development team could take a break, then resume work for a third wave of content later.

However, Sakurai would go on to reiterate this point during the "Mr. Sakurai Presents Pyra & Mythra" video that detailed information about Challenger Pack 9. This time, it felt like there was less room for different interpretations.

"Only two more DLC fighters remain," declared Sakurai. "That means that there are only two more opportunities to bring you videos like this."

Following the release of Pyra & Mythra as DLC for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Sakurai would say this again in Famitsu Column 624. These statements were starting to become more frequent.

"He ends the column by saying there are two fighters left that he and his team are already working on, and it’s going to be a lot of fun up until the end," said Kody Nokolo on what Sakurai wrote back then.

Before Kazuya Mishima was even announced for Smash, Masahiro Sakurai would take the opportunity to make an "announcement" in Famitsu Column 629. This announcement ended up feeling very familiar.

"Sakurai says that while we wait, he can say definitively there are only two fighters remaining. They will both be released this year." - Robert Sephazon

"In keeping with the theme of the column, Sakurai continues, he believes this is an opportunity to make one more announcement: when all Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC is released, the game will be finalized, and he believes this will be quite soon," said Robert Sephazon on Sakurai's announcement.

"Sakurai says that while we wait, he can say definitively there are only two fighters remaining," continued Sephazon on the subject. "They will both be released this year."

Of course, the Famitsu Column is intended purely for Japanese readers. It's not really known if Sakurai is aware that fans are translating his words like this. Even then, the casual audience probably aren't keeping up with what Sakurai is saying in his Famitsu Column entries.

As such, it seems that Sakurai decided to once again reiterate that the development of additional content will be ending after Challenger Pack 11 is released. This time he would do this on a program that would surely get a bigger audience as this was done during the "Mr. Sakurai Presents Kazuya" presentation.

"But finally, the next DLC fighter will be the last one. There won't be any more after that," said Sakurai. "It'll be a while before that announcement, but it'll be available this year as planned, so please be patient."

"But finally, the next DLC fighter will be the last one. There won't be any more after that. It'll be a while before that announcement, but it'll be available this year as planned, so please be patient." - Masahiro Sakurai

Then came Famitsu Column 632 where Sakurai stated this one more time (as previously mentioned). It seems that Sakurai feels it's necessary for him to state this message six times.

At this point, it doesn't really feel like there's any room for any misinterpretation. When Challenger Pack 11 is revealed and released, that will complete Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's post-launch content.

The constant repeat of this information feels like an attempt to minimize the disappointment that fans will feel when no "Fighters Pass Vol. 3" is announced. Of course, there are likely still some fans holding out for some sliver of hope that this could somehow still happen despite Sakurai's constant statements to the contrary.

While there are likely plenty of fans that would certainly be happy to have even more content for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, it is certainly refreshing to get this information well before the final character is available. For many fighting games, it's seemingly become a tradition to reveal that post-launch development has concluded months after the last release.

When Challenger Pack 11 is made available, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's roster will expand to 86 characters (counting Echo Fighters as separate entities, transforming characters are only counted once).

Because of this, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's existence will make it challenging for the series to continue due to difficulties that will be associated with bringing back this massive roster in the next game. If the next entry in the series is unable to do this, then it will probably be the first time in the series where a sequel has a smaller roster than its previous entry.

For now, it doesn't even seem like Masahiro Sakurai himself is sure if the franchise will be able to continue. Of course, the reported 22.85 million sales does speak volumes to Nintendo about the series' success, so it would at least be in their best interest to see it through somehow.

In the meantime, we'll just have to wait on this fabled "final character" for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Their release at the end of the year will supposedly mark the end of nearly 6 years of development — since Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's development officially kicked off in February 2016. All good things must eventually come to an end.

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