The latest edition of Famitsu magazine publicized brand new details concerning the release date and character balance of upcoming Wii U and Nintendo 3DS title, Super Smash Bros. 4. According to a story by Polygon from Dec. 30, director Masahiro Sakurai gave details on how the development team is perfecting the balance of all characters and working to release Super Smash Bros. 4 as soon as possible.
Sakurai details that the development team has spent a great deal of time and effort capturing the perfect level of balance with all the game’s characters. Achieving such a fine level of balance is no easy task as Sakurai wants to ensure that Super Smash Bros. 4 remains fun and still retains some sense of challenge.
To do this, one cannot simply make attacks stronger or weaker, Sakurai notes, as that could turn the game into an average experience. Instead, Sakurai wants to keep powerful attacks strong, but add other forms of weakness to them. Such weaknesses noted are lower character mobility or recovery rate. Find Sakurai’s full comment below:
Doing things like simply ‘lowering the performance' can make games lose its fun. Additionally, making a strong attack weaker can take away from the ‘good feeling'. By making adjustments that get rid of all advantages and disadvantages, it can turn a game into a mediocre one without any challenge.
Rather than directly weakening an attack's advantageous parts, we're putting effort into keeping them strong, while adding other weaknesses to them. Like giving the attacks punishable openings, or weakening the character's mobility or recovery rate. We're making comprehensive adjustments to characters, even for parts that might seem completely irrelevant.
As for when Super Smash Bros. 4 will release, Sakurai expresses excitement and wants to release the game “as soon as possible.” Find Sakurai’s full comment below:
We're at a stage where we'd like to release the new title as soon as possible, and offer something more enjoyable than ever.
Super Smash Bros. 4 is confirmed for 2014 release date in North America for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.