Super Smash Bros. series creator Masahiro Sakurai is happy with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate‘s launch, but is worried about having opened a “Pandora’s Box.”
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was revealed at this year’s E3. The announcement that the game would bring back every single past Super Smash Bros. character got a wild reaction from the crowd, and fans are still excited about it a month later. Speaking to Famitsu (translated by SiliconEra), Sakurai expressed his gratitude that the surprise reveal didn’t leak.
“I think this is the first time I ever saw such a tremendous reception for just a game promo,” Sakurai said. “The uproar was beyond encouraging… To be honest, I’m really glad that it didn’t leak. If it leaked that ‘all characters will be in it,’ then it wouldn’t have gotten the same reception.… I really wanted to avoid having the work of several years get smashed by someone who wanted his little moment to brag.”
In order to keep the leaks from spreading, the project was kept secret even from several people working at Nintendo.
“It was a top secret project that many at Nintendo didn’t even know about, and that’s why you saw cheers even from those involved with Nintendo,” Sakurai revealed.
However, introducing so many characters may have created a trap of sorts for the future of the series. Sakurai isn’t sure where else the series can go from now, or if fans will be disappointed if future games don’t include every single playable character.
“I question what we’ll do with the next title, and I feel that ‘having all characters playable’ may have been a Pandora’s Box that could ruin possibilities for what’s next in the series,” Sakurai said. “However, honestly speaking, I’m not thinking about what’s next!… I’m just working hard on the best possible way to offer maximum satisfaction right now.”
Sakurai added that he doesn’t have plans to “keep up with such a dense workload forever,” citing his age, so future Super Smash Bros. games may be out of his hands.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate launches exclusively on Nintendo Switch on December 7th.