Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai says he’s going to have to take a step back from his usually illuminating Twitter account to focus exclusively on work on the next Smash title without interruptions from fans. He put it rather bluntly, too: “To put it succinctly, I’ll need to have you guys wait a while longer. I hardly ever write anything on Twitter any longer, and that’s because I think right now is the time to stop tweeting and start putting in a real effort here. If I could put it a really harsh way, I think it’d be better if I could be forgotten by gamers for a while.”
Part of the reason for his going dark on Twitter is the constant assumptions made by fans about anything he says. Even mentioning another game automatically brings up speculation about the next Smash Bros. He’d prefer to put all this misrepresentation to bed once and for all.
Read on for more of Mr. Sakurai’s comments.
I don’t like it when a tweet or whatever leads to needless speculation getting spread around. For example, when I tweet about playing some game, some people immediately get the idea that that character is in the new Smash Bros. Then people fan the flames on it, people start to think it’s really true, people get angry about it. Nobody benefits.
I remember when the Namco-Bandai partnership was first announced. Tons of people started assuming we’d see a Tekken cameo or two as a result, even though we had no real indication of this. It’s this kind of rumor-mongering that he’s getting rather irritated with.
He also doesn’t like that people jump to conclusions about him as a developer because of the way the game turns out. He thinks too many people judge his tastes based on things like the game’s balance or the characters that wind up in the game:
I got asked once by a student ‘Is Fox really strong in Smash Bros. Brawl because you like Star Fox?’ Absolutely not. I don’t balance things based on that. These are very important titles that the creators and fans are leaving to me. In the worldwide online rankings, Fox’s winning record is right in the middle of all the characters. The idea with him was a character that suicided often, but made up for it with other skills, but I guess that prominence gave him this image of being really powerful.
Because of these sorts of things, he wants to leave Smash Bros. out of anything he does on Twitter for awhile. He promises, however, that in the end the wait will be well worth it:
Instead of talking about what Smash Bros. will be like. I’m just going to say ‘I’m making you wait for it!’ and keep going along. I want to put my all into a full-on launch that really makes that wait worth it.
The three games so far have all been superb, and we can only imagine where things will go now that cross-platform play and the Wii U GamePad are getting added to the mix.