The latest update adds a free new stage called 'Small Battlefield'. As the name suggests, it is a smaller version of the classic stage; music customisation options have also been added.
Online play experience has been greatly improved with a change to the Elite Smash threshold and Global Smash Power calculations.
Here are the patch notes for version 8.1.0 in Smash Ultimate.
Version 8.1.0 Patch Notes
- The Small Battlefield stage has been added. You can also set Small Battlefield as a Preferred Rule in Online battles.
- You can now select any stage-specific music for the Battlefield, Small Battlefield, Big Battlefield and Final Destination stages.
- The online user experience has been adjusted
- The way matching is determined when using Preferred Rules has been adjusted
- Following a look at the current number of players eligible for Elite Smash, the threshold for entry has been recalculated to allow more players. Additionally, the way initial values for Global Smash Power are calculated has also been adjusted
- Further investigations and adjustments to Online mode are expected.
Several issues have been fixed to improve gameplay experience.