Arms has stopped production on new content for the game according to the game’s director Kosuke Yabuki.
The Nintendo Switch had a stellar year last year, with both The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Mario Odyssey coming to the platform. That’s on top of the console’s stellar sale figures. We mustn’t forget about the cute Arms, either. While the game never set the world on fire like other first-party titles last year, it has a respectable audience and certainly brought some new ideas to the table. The fighting game was a truly bizarre but a neat little game nonetheless.
Sadly, it seems that the game’s major support might be coming to an end, at least when it concerns new content. This was expected, but now coming straight from the director’s mouth, it’s been confirmed. Speaking to Eurogamer, Yanbuki announced that the game’s generous free content drops had likely come to a close. While he says the game will still be supported with things like balance updates and tweaks, nothing big is on the horizon. He said:
After its launch on 16th June, we released several significant free content updates for ARMS, including five new characters, 12 new ARMS, five new stages, collectible badges, and new modes like Party Crash. More Party Crash events are on the way, and we’ll continue to make balance adjustments and other small changes to improve the gaming experience, but we currently have no plans for bigger updates.
The game certainly did its diligence, though, when it came to free content. It gave out a fair bit and there is no doubt the title is in a better place than it was when it came out. Hopefully, a portion of the community will stay engaged with the title despite this though. It would be a shame to see the title fade away, overshadowed by bigger releases.