The creator of the Super Smash Bros. franchise, Masahiro Sakurai, has teased his work on a brand-new fighter for Smash Ultimate during a corporate tournament at Famitsu. It's hard to believe that another fighter is being added to Ultimate so soon when considering that Fatal Fury's Terry Bogard only just joined the fray a few weeks ago. Still, gamers have known for some time that the plan has long been to keep growing Nintendo's smash-hit fighting game with additional DLC.
Thus far, fans have been treated to everything from Persona 5's Joker to the jaw-droppingly awesome addition of Banjo and Kazooie to Smash Bros. Ultimate. There have been so many fantastic newcomers and refinements made to the game that it's unsurprising to see that Smash Ultimate is now nominated for Game of the Year at The Game Awards 2019. Of course, Nintendo still has big plans to continue rolling out DLC for the title.
Now, series creator Masahiro Sakurai is teasing his work on a new character. At least, he referred to have just returned from working on one during a recent corporate Smash Bros. Ultimate event hosted by Famitsu. According to a translation from Japanese Nintendo, Sakurai didn't mention too much outside of the slight tease, simply stating “Today I also made things in the company, such as a fighter whom hasn’t been known by everybody yet. And I came here after the work has ended.”
It sounds as if the work on this unknown fighter has completed, although it's possible that the translation means that Sakurai had only just completed work on the character for the day. Truth be told, these sorts of errors are commonplace in translations, so it's hard to determine what Sakurai means one way or the other. Even then, it's known that a new character will be revealed in the near future due to the fact that the ongoing Fighters Pass has an end date of February 2020.
Some fans may have a few guesses as to who the new fighter is, especially in the wake of a Smash Ultimate Mii costume leak which seemingly outed two forthcoming characters. Given that Sakurai wants to continue making Smash Bros Ultimate DLC for as long as possible, there's no telling who could join the fight next. Many fans are still holding out hope for their favorite gaming characters to make the cut, but only time will tell who will be debuting next.
Given the game's recent GotY nom, 2019's The Game Awards seems like a pretty safe bet for a Smashing reveal.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is currently available for Nintendo Switch consoles.
Source: Japanese Nintendo