Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC fighters delayed by coronavirus

Those hoping to find out more about Fighters Pass Vol. 2 for Smash Bros. will have to wait a while longer thanks to COVID-19.

It’s always been a mystery as to when we’d find out more about the second Fighters Pass for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate but it looks like any revelation might be a long while coming.

Fighters Pass Vol. 2 contains six new DLC characters (as opposed to just five for the first one) but there’s no clue as to what any of them are. And according to information leaked from an advanced copy of Japanese mag Famitsu, work on the initial one has already been delayed.

Writing in his regular column, director Masahiro Sakurai apparently reveals that he had been due to make a presentation to Nintendo, on how the DLC was going, but that had to be postponed, with development work also being impacted.

Ultimately it doesn’t matter, as we wouldn’t have seen it anyway, but Sakurai has apparently said that Nintendo might go ahead and announce the first character anyway – even if no development has begun.

There will be particular concern over the health of Sakurai himself, who has repeatedly got himself in trouble from overwork – most recently passing out in a bath while at the gym but also apparently turning up at work with an IV drip attached to his arm.

Sakruai mentions in the column that all work at his offices will stop if anyone is found to have the virus, although that doesn’t seem to have happened yet.

Although many movies and TV shows have already been impacted by the coronavirus, no video games have so far announced any delays – with CD Projekt recently announcing that they don’t expect any for Cyberpunk 2077.

It does seem inevitable that some games will be affected though, especially as, unbeknownst to most gamers, a huge amount of low-end development – particularly regarding art assets – is done in China nowadays.

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