Byleth of Fire Emblem: Three Houses was the last character to join Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as part of the game's first Fighters Pass, and despite plenty of fan speculation about the first contestant from the Fighter Pass 2, Nintendo has confirmed one popular candidate who won't appear anytime soon.
Nintendo’s mid-January Smash Bros. Byleth reveal bucked most viral predictions going into the presentation, but we know for sure that one of the most requested characters didn’t make the cut for the Fighter Pass 2. This could spell doom for fans of one popular video game franchise slated for a big release very soon.
Sorry DOOM fans. Doomguy, aka Doom Slayer (who most players probably recognize as just the protagonist of the DOOM video games), won’t be playable in this version of Smash Bros., according to the DOOM Eternal executive producer Marty Stratton.
“We’ve never been approached and said, ‘Hey, can Doomguy be in Smash Bros.?’ But we’re open-minded if they wanna ask,” he told Metro in a January 2020 interview. “[Bethesda and id Software] had [talked to Nintendo] ... I don’t even know who talked to who, but we’ve bantered with them. We have a great relationship with them through bringing Doom (2016) to Switch. But it’s one of those things where it’s like, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool?’ But it’s never gone anywhere serious, so we’ll see.”
Rumors about the DOOM protagonist coming to Smash Ultimate date back to December 2018, but based on Stratton's comments, it seems like that was all a pipe dream. Stratton mentioned that nothing serious came out of Bethesda and id’s discussions with Nintendo, so there probably aren't any current plans to add the character.
Even though Stratton’s comments also imply there is still a glimmer of hope that Doomguy could eventually make it into Smash Bros., another recent statement by Smash Ultimate game director Masahiro Sakurai confirms that the hyper-violent hero definitely won't be included in the Fighter Pass 2 at all.
During Byleth’s announcement, Sakurai explicitly said that the Fighter Pass 2 lineup was already written in stone, so for characters like Doomguy who remain unconfirmed, they'd have to be part of Fighter Pass 3 — assuming it even happens.
“The new additions have already been decided,” Sakurai said. “Even if I receive many requests regarding potential candidates on Twitter, I’m afraid it would be very hard to consider them, but I still hope you’ll look forward to it.”
Nintendo confirmed that the second major DLC series will add six more fighters to the game starting sometime in the first half of 2020 and ending in December 2021. Wishlists and alleged leaks for Fighter Pass 2 have included everyone from Waluigi to Travis Touchdown from the No More Heroes series. Sadly, all of them seem less legit by the day.
For those that are not confirmed yet — such as Doomguy — the Fighter Pass 2 schedule means the earliest we could see characters like this added to Smash Bros. Ultimate would be the first quarter of 2022 at the absolute earliest.
We can't completely rule him out for future installments, but don’t expect to be blasting Mario and Link with DOOM’s iconic shotgun anytime soon.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s Fighters Pass 2 will be available for purchase January 28, 2020 and is set to launch throughout 2020 and 2021.