Sequel to Super Smash Bros. in the works? Job posting says release next year for 'Smash Bros. 6'

Posted by Jonathan 'Catalyst' Grey • April 7, 2014 at 9 p.m. PDT

Something interesting is afoot with the Super Smash Bros. franchise, but what exactly is happening isn't readily clear at this moment.


A recruitment ad was recently posted on a Japanese career opportunity website, e-Career FA, searching for programmers for "Smash Bros. 6" which was listed for a 2015 release date.

The page was subsequently taken down, but not before Game Jouhou secured a screen shot of the job offerings.

The listing noted that this project currently has 120 people working on it, but they expect that number to increase to 200. It also said that:
Social games are currently a big hit, but the current state of job opportunities for making retail games is critically low. In the midst of this, this will likely be your only chance to be part of a development project for the Smash Bros. [series], which has surpassed a total of 10 million in worldwide sales. And Bandai Namco believes that now is the best time to recruit programmers for retail games.
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It's very important to note that only three Super Smash Bros. titles have been released so far, one game each on the Nintendo 64, GameCube and Wii.

How the Bandai Namco job posting arrived at the number 6 is a bit of a mystery, but one thought process is that they could be counting the Wii U and 3DS versions as separate entities, being the 4th and 5th games in the series.

Another possible explanation is the 6 was simply a typo, or miscommunication. Others have suggested that the 3DS and Wii U versions could have been delayed, and this job listing is to help Bandai Namco catch up with development of the titles.

Speculation aside, e-career FA is a legitimate job recruiting website, and the person who uploaded the listing, Tatsuya Matsumura, has jobs posted for other companies such as Square Enix, Capcom, Tecmo Koei, and more.

This makes the Smash Bros. 6 listings sudden removal all the more suspicious.

Nintendo and Masahiro Sakurai have been quoted numerous times as saying the Wii U and 3DS versions of Super Smash Bros. would be released in 2014.

Of course, there's a Nintendo direct coming up tomorrow focusing specifically on the Smash series, so perhaps we'll hear some news then.

Until Nintendo or Bandai Namco decides to offer up more details, things just got very interesting in regards to the Super Smash Bros. franchise.

Source: Siliconera, artwork from RatchetMario. Tip submitted by Blackoshinomi.
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