As Nintendo fans on the worldwide web tend to do, speculation is still ongoing for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The game is something of an anomaly in that sense, bringing out the best and worst of gamers in the process. As a fan of the franchise myself, I always like to see the reaction developers have to the concept of seeing a character from their franchise appear in the fight title, and this held especially true during a recent trip to Ubisoft Toronto to celebrate the launch of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.
Scott Philips, the game director behind Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, was the latest developer I was able to speak with about the aforementioned premise, and he seemed to have a grab bag of emotions (and perhaps even confusion) regarding Assassin’s Creed crossing over into the Smash-centric fray.
Still, Philips wasn’t necessarily against the idea of seeing an Assassin go toe-to-toe with the likes of Super Mario.
How do you think an Assassin would work in [Super Smash Bros.] and would it work? Like, would you like to see your character in there and do you think you could kind of make that happen… right now. *laughs*
“Yes, I can make it happen. *laughs* Umm… I honestly think I’ve spent maybe 5 minutes in my entire life playing Super Smash Bros. so I don’t really know that game very well.”
Well I know that Assassin’s Creed has crossed over into SoulCalibur. That was a thing that actually happened with Ezio.
“There was a connection with… a Final Fantasy thing where…”
That was another thing that crossed over, yeah.
“So, for me, any sort of connection or crossover like that is cool. How an Assassin would work and stabbing Mario… They may not like that too much over at Nintendo, but those characters beat each other up quite a bit so maybe it would fit.”
Solid Snake is in it.
“Well, Link. Doesn’t he like use his sword?”
Yeah, he uses his sword, there’s Solid Snake from Metal Gear Solid in it…
“Does he shoot people though?”
He breaks necks.
Yeah, I’m dead serious. I can show you a YouTube clip.
“Like Princess Peach, he’s breaking her neck?”
Yeah, like all the time.
“Wow. Okay, I didn’t expect that from a Nintendo game… Then an Assassin would fit in perfectly. Jeez.
“No, we should do that.”
Truthfully, the likes of Ubisoft’s Rayman or perhaps even a Rabbid make the most sense when considering fan demand and what best fits Smash Bros., but the presence of Assassin’s Creed as an iconic franchise within the gaming landscape is certainly something worth considering. Add in the fact that gamers in Japan can actually stream and play Odyssey on their Nintendo Switch and the partnership could make a lot of sense.
It’s also worth noting that Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is well worth your hard-earned dollars. Does this impact the series’ odds of a crossover appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate? No. But that doesn’t make it any less true.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is currently available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It can also be streamed to the Nintendo Switch for those residing in Japan or those that make profiles claiming to.
You can find Riley on Twitter at @TheRileyLittle if you want to chat about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate or Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. Maybe both at the same time? Who knows.