Masahiro Sakurai is Working on Smash Bros Switch in an Unspecified Role

Masahiro Sakurai is Working on Smash Bros Switch in an Unspecified Role

The long time Smash Bros director is working on the latest Switch entry to the series.

Longtime Super Smash Bros. director, Masahiro Sakurai, announced that he will return for the Switch version of Super Smash Bros, though it's unclear as to what capacity he will be working on the game.

"Right now we're just at the stage where we revealed this game, but I've been working on this game in silence day after day," said Sakurai in a tweet translated by SourceGaming. "Please wait until we can release more information, or until release day!"

Super Smash Bros for the Switch was announced in yesterday's Nintendo Direct, though it was only a brief tease of the upcoming game. While we know that the Splatoon Inklings will be playable characters in the Switch version, it's still unclear if the Switch game is a port of an existing Super Smash Bros. title, or an entirely new entry.

The debate on whether or not the new Switch Super Smash Bros. game is a port or original game has consumed the conversation regarding the game's reveal, though we don't expect Sakurai's announcement that he's working on the new Smash Bros. game to shed any light on that question. Sakurai has been the director on all the Super Smash Bros. games since the first one released on the Nintendo 64 back in 1999.

We do hope for his sake that he's taking it easy considering how publically he's recounted his struggles with his physical health while working on the previous Super Smash Bros. games.

We expect to hear more about the new Super Smash Bros. game soon, considering that the game is currently slated for a 2018 launch on the Nintendo Switch. Check out everything we know in our guide to Super Smash Bros Switch.

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