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Sakurai: ‘No way’ future Smash Bros games will have as many fighters as Ultimate

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate director Masahiro Sakurai says there’s “no way” the series will be able to have as many fighters or series represented again in future games.

Writing in his Japanese Famitsu column (translated by PushDustIn and Nokolo), Sakurai said he feels that the Nintendo Switch fighting instalment is now “the ultimate collaboration title,” following the announcement that it will receive further DLC fighters beyond the 5 included in its first DLC pass.

Sakurai wants to put all his efforts into Smash Bros, he isn’t working on another game, and he isn’t taking a long break, the director writes in his column.

“While managing the team for DLC is much easier than the base game, there are still a lot of things to check,” it reads.

“By having every veteran fighter, and by having a number of collaborations with various games in Spirits mode and countless songs, Smash Ultimate is the ultimate collaboration title. This kind of game is definitely unprecedented.”

Sakurai added: “If Smash Bros. continues in the future, then there’s no way this many fighters and series can be represented again. There are still requests from all over the world for new fighters in Smash.”

As long as there’s an opportunity to make more fighters, Sakurai said he wants to push the record further.

The director isn’t thinking about the series’ future, he added, and is pouring himself into the work he’s doing now.

The eagerly anticipated Banjo-Kazooie DLC for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate released on September 4.

SNK’s Terry Bogard from Fatal Fury is the next Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC Fighter. The veteran fighting game character will be added to Smash Bros. In November.