A few months back Celeste developer Matt Thorson revealed that a new chapter is headed to the game as DLC. This final update is titled Chapter 9: Farewell, and it will be free on all platforms. Farewell will be a single, continuous chapter (no B-Side) with some new mechanics, and it’s said to be the hardest Celeste challenge yet.
We haven’t heard much about it since January, but Matt and his team are still hard at work. The official Celeste Twitter account just broke the silence to inform fans that development is “on the home stretch.” Although it won’t be out this month, it shouldn’t be much longer after that. The update also confirmed that the team is waiting to release the physical version of the game until after Farewell is completed.
The first new playable character coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate via the Fighters Pass DLC is set to arrive any day now. Ren Amamiya of Persona 5, better known by his Phantom Thieves of Hearts alias “Joker,” infiltrated the theatre hosting The Game Awards last year with the show-stopping reveal that he would debut in Ultimateas Challenger #1 of the season pass. Now it looks like that long-awaited time might be right around the corner.
Straight from electronics retailer Best Buy, their weekly flyer for March 31 to April 6 came with an ad for the Fighters Pass, featuring a never-before-seen render of the illustrious Joker himself, featured below.
We have yet to see the new fighter in action aside from a backshot tease from the February Nintendo Direct. We do know that Version 3.0 is being touted as the ” ULTIMATE Spring Update,” with new content being added; it stands to reason that this update will tie in with Joker’s addition. And if the weekly ad is any indication, this update is coming really soon. Whether it will follow a possible Smash Bros. Direct for a more in-depth look prior to its release is yet to be seen.
Aside from this render leak — assuming it’s real — Nintendo has been tight-lipped about the future of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, though dataminers have looked into the game’s files and have discovered some interesting tidbits. It has been uncovered which stage pulled from Persona 5will likely be released with Joker, as well as the possible return of Homerun Contest and Stage Builder as extra game modes. One thing’s for certain: Joker is bringing a ton of goodies with him once he starts stealing the show in Smash, and hopefully that occasion will come with an early look at the Fighters Pass Challenger #2.
In related news, last week’s premiere of the Persona 5: The Animation OVA “Stars and Ours” ended with a tease of a possible definitive edition of Joker’s home game, titled Persona 5: The Royal. More information on the PlayStation 4 title, which features a new character, is expected to drop following the Persona Live Concert on April 24.
During February’s Nintendo Direct, we learned that Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker is getting a DLC pack called “Captain Toad Special Episode.” This update features 18 new challenges spread out across 5 new levels designed for both single-player and co-op experiences. The Special Episode is available now for $5.99.
Fans waited well over a decade to get their hands on Kingdom Hearts III, and the highly anticipated action-RPG finally launched on January 29th. Strong early sales suggest that many fans are finding it worth the wait, and if you’re one of them, you’ll be happy to know that more content is on the way! Director Tetsuya Nomura has hinted at DLC in the past, and in a recent interview, he confirmed that it’s in the works.
Speaking with Dengeki Online, Nomura revealed that Kingdom Hearts III is outselling expectations. Square Enix is looking to capitalize on this with paid DLC, and Nomura says he’s working so hard on it he’s been losing sleep. Hopefully, he and his team can find time to balance their work and personal lives rather than suffering to rush new content to market.
Nomura also confirmed that the more challenging Critical Mode is on its way. Rather than just cranking up enemy damage output, Nomura says his team is making many changes to make it “fun like only Critical mode can be.” The changes are extensive enough that the team has had to spend time debugging the new mode. It’s unclear whether Critical Mode will be a free update or included as part of the paid DLC.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on Nintendo Switch has by far the biggest lineup of fighters and stages in Smash history, but Nintendo isn’t stopping there. At least six DLC characters (including the recently-released Piranha Plant) are planned, and five will come with their own stages. The next DLC fighter to drop is Persona 5‘s Joker, and based on some code discovered by data miners, we have a pretty good idea what his stage will be.
After digging around in the game’s code, data miner Dr. HyperCake has discovered the phrase “Jack_Menentoes_” in association with stage name strings. “Jack” was the code name for Joker discovered in the data weeks back, which makes it likely that this is referring to the Persona 5 stage Mementos, also known as the Prison of Sloth or the Prison of Regression.
Obviously, this does not constitute an official announcement, and it’s possible that a code name could be intended to hide the truth, but thus far data miners have been fairly spot-on with predicting upcoming content based on the code. We’ll just have to see how this one plays out when Joker launches, which should happen by the end of April.
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Digging through LVD files in Ultimate, and I found "Jack_Menentoes_" lying around amongst the strings. The format of this string matches stage name strings in ui_stage_db ("[Series]_[Stage]"), and Joker's internal name is "jack". Mementos stage confirmed? pic.twitter.com/eCh3PxU2bR
If you’ve been enjoying the Resident Evil 2 remake but find yourself short on things to do after completing Leon and Claire’s campaigns, we’ve got some good news! Starting today you can get your hands on a new update called “The Ghost Survivors.” This free DLC gives you access to three new “what if” campaigns starring characters that weren’t lucky enough to make it out of Raccoon City alive.
After the success of Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, Nintendo and Ubisoft decided to team up once again to bring Star Fox and friends to Ubisoft’s space adventure, Starlink: Battle for Atlas. If you’ve been enjoying this crossover adventure, you can look forward to more Star Fox universe content in Starlink this April.
The infamous Team Star Wolf villains Leon Powalski, Pigma Dengar, and Andrew Oikonny are out to cause trouble, and it’s up to Team Star Fox to stop them. In these new missions you’ll play as Peppy Hare, Slippy Toad, and Falco Lombardi, and each of them will be armed with their own special ability and skill tree. Each pilot can take on any of these new missions, as well as Fox McCloud’s previously released missions.
These new missions will be included in the Starlink Spring Update which launches sometime in April. The Spring Update will also include other content, such as Starship Races and Faction Missions, which will be elaborated on at a later date. For now, click above to enjoy the latest trailer!
We’ve been eagerly awaiting any update on the status of Joker’s inclusion in the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster since he was announced last December. In today’s Nintendo Direct, it was revealed that Joker will be joining the already humongous roster by the end of April. Joker is available individually as part of the Challenger Pack 1 or as part of the Fighters Pass, which unlocks the next five downloadable fighters.
In addition, Nintendo also announced the version 3.0 update for Ultimate, though no further details were given on what this entails.
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker was a wonderfully charming title on Wii U, and Nintendo brought it to 3DS and Switch as well last year. If you’ve been enjoying the Captain’s treasure-hunting adventure, you’ll be happy to know that the game is getting a free update as well as paid DLC, adding tons of new content.
The free update will launch later today, allowing players to enjoy co-op fun across all of the game’s numerous courses. Then, on March 14th, you can look forward to a paid DLC pack that adds 18 new challenges, including 5 new courses. You can pre-purchase this DLC pack today, and doing so will give you access to one level early.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate already has the biggest roster in franchise history, but Nintendo isn’t stopping there. Piranha Plant just launched as a free download to early buyers, and five more DLC characters are planned over the course of the next year. One of them was revealed as Persona 5‘s Joker, but what about the rest? The next DLC fighter appears to be have been unmasked thanks to a recent hint.
You may recall that last month Smashdata miners discovered what they believed to be code names for upcoming DLC fighters. One of those code names was “Brave,” which set off a flurry of speculation. Could this be a character from the Bravely Default series or someone related to Brave Vesperia in the Tales series? Another possibility put forward was Erdrick from the Dragon Quest series, as his Hero class, or “Yuusha,” can also be translated as “Brave.”
It now appears likely that the final of those options is the truth. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate supervisor Kumazaki Shinya recently uploaded an Instagram post featuring Erdrick’s shield alongside Kirby with the caption, “The brave’s shield.” At this point, I can’t imagine any other interpretation of this message other than an Erdrick confirmation.
A few days ago, Bandai Namco unveiled season 2 of Dragon Ball FighterZ and revealed the identity of its first two DLC fighters. Universe 11’s ultra-powerful (and let’s be real here, ultra-boring) warrior Jiren the Gray is joining the fight. Alongside him, players will also have access to Satan’s little angel, Videl, who is sporting her Dragon Ball Z look from before Toriyama benched her. If you want to see these new fighters in action, we’ve got a gameplay video showing off their fighting styles.
Dragon Ball FighterZ has quickly become one of the most beloved video games in the fighting game tournament scene. Combining the Dragon Ball franchise with the tight fighting game style of Arc System Works turned out to be lightning in a bottle. To keep up with the success of the game, a second season pass for fighter DLC has been revealed, with the first two fighters dropping this Thursday!
The first two characters of the season pass will be Jiren and Videl. Jiren, an extremely powerful fighter from Universe 11 introduced in Dragon Ball Super, is an explosive grappler that can essentially turn the entire battlefield into a mushroom cloud. Videl, Gohan’s rough-and-tumble wife, uses quick jabs and intense kicks while also summoning the Great Saiyaman to take care of combos and long-range moves. Both of these characters are expected to drop on January 31st.
While the third and fourth fighters of the season pass’ six characters remain unknown, the final two fighters were revealed. Fresh off of the new movie Dragon Ball Super: Broly, Gogeta and Broly will be available at a later date. No gameplay footage of those fighters exists at the moment, but we probably won’t have to wait too long for more information about them.
After teasing some farewell levels for Celeste late last year, one of the game’s co-creators, Matt Thorson, took to Twitter yesterday to detail exactly what we can expect from the upcoming DLC. Coming free to all platforms, these additional levels will be leaving the iconic strawberries behind, but they will feature a few new items and mechanics to make up for it.
Unlike the other chapters in Celeste, these levels will compose one continuous chapter and will not feature a B-side. That’s probably a good thing, as these levels are supposed to be the hardest yet, with Thorson claiming that they are “after the current hardest levels in difficulty.” There’s no word on when this DLC will be available, though unfortunately they won’t be ready in time for the game’s first anniversary on January 25th.
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Some Celeste DLC Chapter details: -It won't be ready for the anniversary on Jan 25th, sorry! -It's all one continuous chapter, no B-Side -It's after the current hardest levels in difficulty -No strawberries -There are some new items/mechanics -Free on all platforms
Nintendo just dropped a MAJOR Super Smash Bros. Ultimate bombshell at tonight’s The Game Awards and I literally cannot stop the tears of happiness. In what is possibly the best crossover ever, the main character of Persona 5, Joker, is coming to take your heart in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as the first confirmed DLC fighter in the Challenger Pack 1.
Since the DLC is coming with new stages and music, it’s never been a better time to be a Persona and Smash fan. I was going to hold off on the fighter pack for a bit, but with this news, I’m getting it right now!
The troubled development of Final Fantasy XV continues, even two years after launch. Square Enix’s RPG began its development cycle as Final Fantasy Versus XIII, but after several years in development and a change of graphics engines, Hajime Tabata took over development and it was reborn as Final Fantasy XV. One controversialdelay later, it would finally hit store shelves, but now Square Enix has more bad news for fans.
Having invested so much time and so many resources into Final Fantasy XV, Square Enix was planning to keep fans engaged and spending with four more DLC packs. Unfortunately, that is no longer the case. During a recent livestream, Square Enix announced that Tabata has stepped own as the game’s director. In fact, he’s leaving Square Enix altogether. Tabata officially resigned from Luminous Productions and Square Enix on October 31st. It’s unclear where he plans to go now.
Naturally, this is a big blow for the development of DLC, and the departure of Tabata has forced Square Enix to make some drastic changes to their plans. Of the four announced DLC packs, Ardyn, Aranea, Luna, and Noctis, three have been canceled. Ardyn is planned to launch next March, but the other three have been scrapped entirely.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is headed to Nintendo Switch with the biggest selection of playable fighters in franchise history. If the roster of over 70 fighters available at launch isn’t enough for you, Nintendo has already confirmed that they’re planning five more fighters as DLC (plus Piranha Plant). Fans across the globe are excitedly making predictions about the future fighters, but if you’ve been bombarding Sakurai’s social media channels with suggestions, you’re barking up the wrong tree.
The Smash creator has been absolutely flooded by suggestions from fans since the latest Nintendo Direct, but to no avail. As it turns out, the DLC characters have already been decided. Additionally, it wasn’t Sakurai calling the shots on the final roster this time. Instead, Nintendo selected the upcoming characters and passed their wishes on to Sakurai.
Sakurai explained all of this in a pair of tweets. While he thanks fans for their passion and understands their desire to see certain characters in the game, he also requests that fans stay on topic when posting to his Twitter. I can’t blame the guy! Constantly being questioned about something you’re not in control of must be exhausting.
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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s DLC line-up is now complete. This time the selection was made entirely by Nintendo. I decide if we can create a fighter based on their selection, then come up with the plan.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on Nintendo Switch lives up to its name by including every single fighter in franchise history. But director Masahiro Sakurai and his hard-working team aren’t stopping there! During today’s Nintendo Direct, Sakurai confirmed that the roster of over 70 playable characters will continue expanding after launch with paid DLC.
The exact cast of DLC characters remains a mystery (although it’s confirmed that they won’t be echo fighters), but Sakurai revealed that at least five DLC characters, each with their own stage and several music tracks, are on the way. You’ll be able to purchase the DLC packs individually for $5.99, or you can buy the Fighters Pass to get all five characters, all five stages, and all music tracks in one bundle for $24.99.
Nintendo has a fresh, new face leading the company. Veteran Nintendo staffer Tatsumi Kimishima guided the company through the transition from Wii U to Switch after former President Satoru Iwata’s tragic death, but being promoted to the role at 65 meant he was always intended as a stop-gap President. Now it’s 46-year-old Shuntaro Furukawa at the helm, and he’s eyeing a more future-focused Nintendo.
One area where Nintendo has undoubtedly lagged behind the rest of the industry is in online play. Nintendo is the king of couch co-op and competition, but their online support has left much to be desired in the past. Now that they’re charging users a fee to access Nintendo Switch Online, it’s imperative that they provide a robust experience for their users. Furukawa realizes this, and he sees it as an area where Nintendo needs to improve going forward.
“We need continuous growth. We must keep releasing new software. That includes DLCs and other contents for big titles that are already out. And more focus on online play. Lastly, more genres and diverse games to draw in people who don’t currently play on Switch.” — Shuntaro Furukawa
For those concerned about excessive, expensive DLC, it’s important to remember that Nintendo has also offered over a year’s worth of free DLC for games like Splatoon and ARMS. A steady stream of free goodies is a great way to keep people invested in your online community.
That said, Nintendo is a business, so we’ll certainly be seeing paid content as well. Nintendo could increase the amount of DLC they create for new games going forward or even return to games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for additional content packs.
Insomniac Game Director Ryan Smith took to the official PlayStation Blog today to reveal some new DLC details, including a release date for the first pack. The Heist, the first part of the three-part The City That Never Sleeps DLC series, launches on Tuesday, October 23rd. Here’s what you can expect:
“As you play Marvel’s Spider-Man: The Heist, you’ll encounter the beginning of a new, interconnected story taking place over the three chapters of Marvel’s Spider-Man: The City That Never Sleeps. A robbery at an art museum entangles Spider-Man and MJ with an old flame from Peter Parker’s past, Felicia Hardy, aka Black Cat. Beyond new story missions, there’s a whole new faction of enemies, new crimes, new challenges, new trophies, and of course, three brand new suits.”
You can pick up The Heist by itself for $9.99, or you can get the entire The City That Never Sleeps bundle for $24.99. The latter deal includes the upcoming Turf Wars and Silver Linings DLC packs, which are expected to launch in November and December, respectively.
Smith also took the time to highlight one of the three new suits available in The Heist. The Resilient Suit, created by famed Marvel illustrator Gabriele Dell’Otto, is an all-new suit created just for the game. Smith also showed off two more suits that were previously featured in comics: Spider-Man’s suit from Scarlet Spider II, and the Spider-UK suit from the Spider-Verse. You can check them all out below.
My Hero Academia just made a huge splash at the box office with its first feature film, and soon it’s heading to the realm of video games as well. My Hero: One’s Justice is already out in Japan, and in a few weeks it’ll be available in the West as well. The anime fighting game boasts an extensive roster of playable heroes and villains, and that roster will continue to grow as more DLC characters are revealed.
Thanks to the latest issue of Jump, we now know who the next addition will be. Scans of the magazine show a section talking about upcoming DLC with a shadowy figure that appears to be Inasa Yoarashi, the passionate student known as Gale Force. The scans also give us a better look at Endeavor, the Flame Hero, who will be available as a pre-order bonus in the West.