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Masahiro Sakurai comments on Battlefield image from previous entry featuring Inkling from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Images depict dev build of the game that can't be recreated in the final version

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • February 29, 2020 at 3:05 p.m. PST • Comments: 2

For some time now, Masahiro Sakurai — director and creator of the Super Smash Bros. series — has been posting fun images depicting scenes in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. One shot in particular managed to catch the attention of many speculative fans.

An astonished Pit was looking at a miniaturized version of the Inkling on the Battlefield stage. The strange thing about this was that it was very clearly the Battlefield that we know from Super Smash Bros. 4 rather than the redesigned look in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

As a result, some began to theorize that this "legacy" version of Battlefield could be coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as DLC. Of course, there are already plenty of variations of Battlefield present in the game as all stages can adopt the Battlefield form in the stage selection menu.

It appears that Masahiro Sakurai has taken notice of the speculation that's been rummaging around on the internet as a result of his Tweets. In English, Sakurai commented on the image in question.

"I've recently been posting a 'pic of the day' every day," said Sakurai. "I originally captured these to share with our dev team daily via an internal production blog. They're taken using work in progress versions of the game and some scenarios you see can't be replicated in the final version of the game."

Sakurai then discussed how this related to the Smash 4 Battlefield shot that featured Inkling, a character that first debuted in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

"Yesterday, I posted a pic showing what looks like an old version of Battlefield," continued Sakurai. "This was a dev stage we used to check how the game's fighter models would look using a common light source, etc. You won't find this in the final version of the game."

So basically what it sounds like is that a lot of these images were actually taken during the development stages of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. We probably shouldn't be taking this in-game photo as a hint that we'll be playing on Battlefield featuring aesthetics from Smash 4 any time soon.

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