Complete with stage and music tracks.
It’s always a hectic time when a character announcement for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate gets teased. The rampant speculation begins, ideas fly out of the woodwork, sharp darts are thrown between internet commenters, and then, nine times out of ten, it ends up being someone no one was expecting. Well, no one I talk to, anyway. Anywho, this morning, Smash Ultimate‘s director, Masahiro Sakurai, hosted a quick five-minute video to reveal the next DLC character for the game. It’s someone many have hoped for, and equally many have dreaded: Steve, the player avatar in Minecraft.
According to Sakurai, he was approached by Nintendo representatives, who asked him, “Mr. Sakurai… surely you can put Minecraft in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate,” allegedly while peering at him over their glasses. He agreed to do it, clarifying that he does have the final say on all new characters and he would refuse if he really couldn’t do it, though joked that adding Minecraft‘s mechanics to the game would take a bit of “wizardry.” Apparently, all of the game’s stages will need to be subtly reworked in order to accommodate Steve’s block-placing abilities.
Speaking of Steve, based on what we can glean from the reveal trailer, he will possess the ability to freely stack blocks into simple constructs, though these blocks will shatter on their own after a few seconds. He can also mine the floors of a stage to obtain metals, which can then be transformed into disposable swords. Aside from the simple blocks, more advanced constructs like minecarts and remote-detonated TNT can also be placed. Sakurai’s gonna have his work cut out for him.
Sakurai will be holding another presentation this Saturday, October 3, to go in-depth on Steve’s mechanics. This presentation will be streamed right before the 2020 Minecraft Live fan event, wherein Mojang will share new info about Minecraft and spotlight some fan creations.