Microsoft candidly admit that a Super Smash Bros. rival would fail on the Xbox.
Marcus Fenix versus Master Chief, Blinx the Time Sweeper versus … Banjo. The stuff of dreams, right?
Imagine this: you’re playing as Master Chief, a giant super soldier who’s finished the fight, against Banjo and Kazooie – a bear-and-bird duo – a cat, Blinx the Time Sweeper, and Marcus Fenix from Gears of War. That sounds great, unless you’re Microsoft’s Phil Spencer: he said the company will not be doing a Super Smash Bros. rival.
Or should I say PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royal? Because that’s what prompted the response, as Sony has taken its best intellectual properties and combined them in a fighting game mashup that unashamedly borrows from Nintendo’s Smash Bros. In the short interview, Kotaku said that it was sceptical over the title but admitted pitting God of War’s Kratos against Fat Princess’s Fat Princess was entertaining.
Did Microsoft feel the same way about putting Master Chief up against Blinx? Spencer, head of Microsoft game studios, did jokingly suggest Microsoft could include Voodoo Vince, Joanna Dark – of Perfect Dark, of course – and Blinx the Time Sweeper with his time-collecting vacuum. Even the Crackdown, er, guy could feature. Whatever his name is.
More Master Chief, Less Everyone Else
Failing that, we could all play as Master Chief. Spartans have different colors, so two identical models with different color schemes will look different enough. I kid; Microsoft and a Super Smash Bros. game would be a terrible idea, because the IPs just aren’t recognisable. Mario is. Parrappa the Rapper is. Voodoo Vince isn’t, and neither are non-Master Chief characters.
Spencer said Microsoft is going to try and build new games that create new opportunities, and it won’t compete with games on the Xbox by building a game where all the characters come together. Spencer didn’t take a shot at Sony by saying the game isn’t innovative, but confirmed Kotaku’s statement that we won’t get a Microsoft mascot brawler.
The bottom line is there aren’t enough characters at Microsoft to create a game. There are 35 characters in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, with guest appearances such as Sonic and Solid Snake. I challenge anyone to get 35 characters for a Microsoft brawler.