Among the many other details given during today’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct, the game’s director Masahiro Sakurai further information regarding online play.
For starters, For Fun and For Glory, the two different game types from the previous Super Smash Bros. games on 3DS and Wii U, are no more. Now, players will be able to set their own preferred rules before looking for a game. These options include the match type, stage selection, and whether or not you’d like to play with items. Upon setting these parameters, you’ll then begin searching for another player whose guidelines match up with your own.
Also new to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a new rating known as Global Smash Power. This number will essentially be your own identifier that represents your skill level in the game. The higher your GSP number is, the more you’ll be able to duke it out with other players of higher skill levels.
Upon reaching a high enough skill level, you’ll then be able to compete in an exclusive mode known as Elite Battles. This is where the best of the best will go to square off with one another in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s online arena.
All in all, the online offerings in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate seem much more refined than last time. Sakurai also said that he and the development team will continue to refine and update the way in which GSP and Elite Battles work after launch to improve online play.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is set to release on the Nintendo Switch on December 7.