Super Smash Bros. Ultimate recently revealed SNK's Terry Bogard as its fourth Fighters Pass character, to be released in the crossover fighting game this coming November. Nintendo has yet to give any clue as to who the fifth and final Fighters Pass character will be for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but a recent tweet by a prominent voice actor has many Super Smash Bros. fans thinking they may have figured it out.
Scott Menville is the voice actor for Lloyd Irving, the main character of Tales from Symphonia, one of the most beloved games in the Tales series, and not to mention a game that's considered a GameCube classic. Menville took to Twitter recently to reveal that he is working on a "cool voice-over project" that he had to sign an Non-Disclosure Agreement for, indicating that whatever it is, it's something big.
Many fans on Twitter responded to Menville's tweet to predict that he's hinting at Lloyd coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. While it's entirely possible Menville is working on something completely different, and maybe not even something video game-related, it would make a great deal of sense for Lloyd to eventually make his way to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
I wish I could tell you about this cool voice-over project I've been working on but they had me sign an NDA,— Scott Menville (@scottmenville) September 19, 2019
or as I like to call it, a
"Nope, Don't Ask."
For one, the Tales franchise is owned by Bandai Namco, which assisted in the development of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. If Nintendo is able to get characters like Banjo-Kazooie on the roster, despite them being owned by a direct competitor in Microsoft, then it should be significantly easier for the Big N to secure a character like Lloyd, who is owned by the studio it worked with to make Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in the first place.
Secondly, Lloyd has a strong connection to the Nintendo brand. As previously stated, Tales of Symphonia is a well-regarded GameCube classic. It stayed exclusive to the GameCube outside of Japan for about a decade, and so many Nintendo purists are already familiar with Lloyd. Furthermore, the sequel, Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World, debuted as a Wii exclusive and stayed that way for six years before being ported to the PS3.
If Lloyd isn't the fifth character in the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass, then it's possible he could be added later on. Nintendo has confirmed that more Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC fighters are in development beyond the Fighters Pass, so if we don't see Lloyd as part of the first Fighters Pass, maybe we'll see him in Fighters Pass 2.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is out now, exclusively for the Nintendo.