It's only been a handful of days since Fire Emblem's Byleth was revealed as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's fifth DLC challenger, but discussion surrounding the next set of fighters has already begun. We've already had our first rumour doing the rounds earlier today, and now it's time for a spot of wishful thinking.
We don't mean wishful thinking from us by the way, but rather wishful thinking from id Software, the development studio behind DOOM and the upcoming DOOM Eternal. In an interview with Metro held just days before Byleth's reveal, id Software's Marty Stratton revealed that the team has asked Nintendo about having the series' protagonist - known as Doomguy - as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate:
- What about the rumours of Doom Slayer being in Smash Bros.? [This was a couple of days before the Byleth announcement – GC] Do you think it could ever happen?
Stratton: I don’t know. We’ve asked them.
- You asked them?
Stratton explains further...
"We’ve had… 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 and that kind of stuff. So we have great people over there 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."
In the same interview, the series director was asked about DOOM's gore and violence and whether or not that might be a barrier preventing the character being selected by Nintendo. He said, "I dunno. You would honestly have to ask them. We’ve never been approached and said, ‘Hey can Doomguy be in Smash Bros.?’ But we’re open-minded if they wanna ask".
Doomguy certainly has been a popular choice from fans over the last year or two, but who knows what Nintendo and Sakurai's team have in the works? After the likes of Ridley, King K. Rool and Banjo Kazooie, we wouldn't write off anyone.
Would you like to see Doomguy on Switch? Can you see it happening, or do you think it's unlikely? Feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments.