Kazuya, the latest fighter to be added to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a DLC character, will be available in-game starting from Tuesday 29th June (or from Weds 30th for those in Europe), it's been confirmed.
The news was shared today by series director Masahiro Sakurai, who detailed the new fighter in a new presentation.
Debuting more than 25 years ago in the original TEKKEN game, Kazuya Mishima is one of the most recognizable faces in the storied fighting game series. Kazuya moves from the arenas of TEKKEN, where players must understand the space between characters and focus on where to hit their opponents in a 3D plane, to the battlefields of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, where players must attack their foes through 2D heights and distances. Because of this change in gameplay dimensions, Kazuya shows off a special skill set in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate when compared to his TEKKEN roots.
The character will arrive alongside the already-announced Version 12.0.0. update, and will be available to buy as part of Smash Bros. Ultimate's Fighters Pass Vol. 2, or as a standalone fighter. Only one DLC fighter is still to be revealed, meaning we're finally nearing the end of new character additions.
In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Kazuya’s main attacks are similar to his fighting moves in TEKKEN, but to give him the midair jumps, smash attacks and special moves that the Super Smash Bros. series is known for, his Devil’s Power is put to use. In later games in the TEKKEN series, Kazuya can transform into a powerful winged demon. Players will notice Kazuya activating this Devil’s Power for various jumps, smash attacks and special moves in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
The new stage that players will receive in Challenger Pack 10, Mishima Dojo, is the dojo of the Mishima family – specifically Kazuya’s father Heihachi. The dojo is closed off in all directions, but its walls and ceiling can be broken with strong attacks, turning the stage into dangerous terrain. With no floating platforms, the Mishima Dojo stage is more grounded than many other stages in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, requiring new strategies when battling on it.
The Kazuya DLC also gives you 39 music tracks from the Tekken series, containing a mix of songs from earlier and more recent games in the franchise.
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