Wow, for a speculation thread made by a member of another message board this is certainly getting a lot of posts
We all know that Sakurai wasn't originally on the bill to make Brawl, and to make it worse they gave him the project without a development team. They screwed him over in a sense. Why the hell would ha voluntarily subject himself to more of the same?
There will be another SSB title; no doubt. I meana hell just look at final fantasy, mario party, mega man, etc. If a franchise sells well and that success continues, then there is no reason to put stop to a good thing as long as it makes money.
Although I am sure we will see many more 3rd party characters included as the franchise continues, (Well hopefully the addition of snake was only a choice of sakurai) with the addition of sonic; well it makes me think that they will do anything to keep the fans interested. Even if it means allowing Master Chief into the next game. *shudders*
as far as DLC for Brawl goes... Not likely to happen.
It would break the rules of acquiring new characters. Let's say someone downloads Cloud, and you play him in an online match. You beat him and then do you get to face a cpu cloud in hopes of unlocking him? Probably not since the other poor sap had to pay $5+ to get him. So the method of gaining new characters would have to change.
Oh and another reason why this whole new character DLC crap won't happen: Since sakurai was screwed over into making brawl, why on earth would he voluntarily take time out of his future projects, re assemble teams of programmers, artists,etc all to add content to a game he never really intended on working on in the beginning?
I doubt he'd see much if any money from the sales of theses extra characters. And I'm sure he has other projects on his plate than Smash Bros.
So the whole concept although it sounds good, is too flawed to become reality.