Recently Super Smash Brothers fans were treated to Sephiroth from Final Fantasy joining the fighting game. This was someone that fans had been hoping for and wondering for quite a long time. It was interesting because while Nintendo listens to fans, it felt like a crossover like this was pretty unlikely. Similar to the addition of Steve, Sephiroth brings about a whole new slew of characters that could join in Fighter Pass Volume 2 as a lot of games outside of Nintendo could come in. While discussing who could be next is a topic of conversation deserving of its own piece, this one looks at when that next character may be joining the fray.
Previous Release Dates
Like many different businesses, video games and their release dates for content new or additional have been changed due to COVID-19. So, when looking for the next release date and looking at specifically the previous fighter releases, it may not give an exact indication. That is because it seemed like they had a nice schedule going but things have clearly changed. Take a look below.
Fighter Pass Volume 1
- Piranha Plant February 1, 2019
- Joker April 17, 2019
- Hero July 30, 2019
- Banjo September 4, 2019
- Terry November 6, 2019
- Byleth Jan 28, 2020
Fighter Pass Volume 2
- Min Min June 29, 2020
- Steve October 13, 2020
- Sephiroth December 22, 2020
- Fighter 79
- Fighter 80
- Fighter 81
With the first fighter pass and generally the DLC releases in general (Piranha Plant was not a part of the Fighter Passes), it looks like there was about a two-month gap between each fighter. Then after the release of Byleth, there was almost a five-month gap and another four months between Min Min and Steve.
While this may seem random, there could be the possibility that the delay for Min Min was intentionally five months due to it being the first of the new pass. Then Steve is the first of releasing a new fighter every four months instead of the previous two. That would draw this pass out and allow them more time before people can even expect anything near a new game.
The Next Release Date
With the data gathered above as the biggest point of reference, there are a few options for the next Super Smash Brothers fighter. This is purely speculation and as more data is revealed, this piece will be updated.
The first option is that they go back to two-month releases which means that the next fighter could come as soon as the end of 2020. With Sephiroth coming out in December, it is possible that Fighter 79 could be here as soon as the third or fourth week of February. This would definitely not be a bad time.
This was the most recent option taken. It was also the option that Nintendo used most during the first fighter pass.
The second option would be four months. Again, this was the time between Min Min and Steve. It would make sense and help this battle pass last a full two years. Nintendo could extend the lifetime of this game significantly and keep those asking for another new game at bay. At the least, it would give them time to prepare for a third Fighter Pass, should they decide to do another one.
That would mean that fans would be able to expect Fighter 79 sometime around April of 2021. Not necessarily the option fans will want most, but again it feels the most likely.
The final option. Possibly the best or the worst of all the options. This one is the random release date option. With COVID continuing to be a thorn in the side of businesses, things have been thrown off. When looking at the five and then four-month release windows for the most recent fighters, this one is very possible as well.
With that said, a new fighter could come sooner than the other options which would surely be welcomed by most fans. The other option is one that is longer than either option. This would not be entirely surprising as well and definitely would not be the preferable option for fans.
Whichever way Nintendo goes, they are normally good about not letting out leaks. That said, if there happen to be any keep it here at The Game Haus to stay up to date on all things Super Smash Brothers Ultimate.
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