The focus with Smash Bros. Ultimate is to bring back every single character who was ever playable in the Smash Bros. franchise. That means the roster is insanely huge, and even has a couple new characters so far! That must mean the next Smash game after Ultimate is going to absolutely MASSIVE, right? Not so, says Sakurai.
In Sakurai's latest Famitsu feature, the man himself says the amount of total fighters in the next Smash game is likely to be smaller than what you see here in Smash Bros. Ultimate. Sakurai believes you can only bring back every single fighter once, so this is a very special event. This also leads him to believe that future Smash titles might be a bit sabotaged due to the grandiose nature of this outing.
With that said, Sakurai isn't really thinking about the future of Smash. He'll worry about the next game if/when it happens. For now, he's focusing all his development power on making Smash Bros. Ultimate the best it can be.
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