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Masahiro Sakurai reaffirms that there are only two characters remaining for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's DLC

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • March 12, 2021 at 9:41 a.m. PST • Comments: 36

It was only recently revealed that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's Challenger Pack 9 of the Fighters Pass Vol. 2 is Pyra & Mythra from Xenoblade Chronicles 2. This means that only Challenger Pack 10 and Challenger Pack 11 remain for the Fighters Pass Vol. 2.

Back in July 2020, Masahiro Sakurai stated in his Famitsu Column entry that the continuous DLC development for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be coming to an end after the Fighters Pass Vol. 2 is finished.

At the time, only Challenger Pack 6 — Min Min from ARMS — of the Fighters Pass Vol. 2 had been released. Since then, Minecraft's Steve, Final Fantasy 7's Sephiroth and Xenoblade Chronicles 2's Pyra & Mythra have been made available as new DLC characters for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Once these last two unrevealed fighters are released, DLC development for the game should be wrapped up. During the "Mr. Sakurai Presents Pyra & Mythra" presentation, Sakurai seemingly doubled down on this notion.

"Only two more DLC fighters remain. That means that there are only two more opportunities to bring you videos like this," said Sakurai during the presentation as the Fighters Pass Vol. 2 was visually updated. "I look forward to next time."

"Only two more DLC fighters remain. That means that there are only two more opportunities to bring you videos like this. I look forward to next time." Masahiro Sakurai

Masahiro Sakurai also commented on this in Famitsu Column 624. According to Kody NOKOLO of Source Gaming, Sakurai declares that there are only two more fighters that he and his team are already working on. "It's going to be a lot of fun up until the end," said Sakurai.

If these statements are true, then it obviously would mean that there wouldn't be a Fighters Pass Vol. 3. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's final roster count would be 86 — 89 if we count Pokémon Trainer's three-in-one and Pyra & Mythra's two-in-one combinations as separate entities.

During the era of Super Smash Bros. 4, Masahiro Sakurai at one point declared that Nintendo wasn't working on any DLC for the game beyond Mewtwo, who had already been announced. Following Mewtwo's release, Lucas, Roy, Ryu, Cloud, Corrin and Bayonetta would become DLC characters that were added to Super Smash Bros. 4 over the next year.

It is worth mentioning that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was able to surpass 21 million sales in 2020. Needless to say, Nintendo could have an interest in continuing Smash Ultimate's DLC run for a bit longer.

However, the safest route right now is to just temper expectations and take Sakurai's words at face value. While a Fighters Pass Vol. 3 would be awesome, we are very likely approaching the end of the development of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's DLC.

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