According To Sakurai, Patch 1.0.4 Will Be The Final Balance Patch

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After Patch v.1.0.4 removed a few glitches and techniques from Smash 4, the some of the Smash community adopted the mantra "in before patch." Whenever someone found a powerful technique or interesting idea, many expected to see it patched out immediately. However, it appears that creator Masahiro Sakurai has no further plans to balance the game with patches, outside of updates to improve online functionality.


Hoping your character will get buffed like Shulk did? You're out of luck.

In an interview from Famitsu, Sakurai made it clear he felt balancing the game was no longer necessary. Here is a translated portion of said interview, provided by EventHubs.

In the future, do you plan on adjusting or balancing the game further through a patch?

Sakurai: We don't have any such plans, but at the very least we will be working on a few things connected to the online play experience, bit by bit.

If we were to do something like tweak characters' customized special moves, then there'd be no end to it. But with that said, if there are any glaring issues, we may address them.

That's because with customized special moves or items, you can only play with them enabled online with players who are in your friends list, isn't that right?

Sakurai: When playing with your personal friends, I think it's probably more interesting that you can almost cheat a little through customizing your character. *Laughs*

See the untranslated interview scan here.

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yocow

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i think smash's balance is pretty nice aside from diddy's advantages

hopefully that counts as a glaring issue
 

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I'm actually fine with it for now. And he did say that if anything really glaring came up, he would patch that. So it's actually not a problem. He's only gonna make a patch if there is obvious huge outcry on something for an extended period of time. Which is honestly how it should have went in the first place.
 

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Horrible choice, what was the point of 1.0.4 if you're not going to continue balance patching?
 

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On one hand. I can believe it.

On the other hand. Sakurai is a liar.

Only time will tell, but at least for the most part, no worry about nerfs unless something is truly bad.
 

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"But with that said, if there are any glaring issues, we may address them."

That means Diddy nerf I think.
 

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Good. Killager was getting anxious :4villager:
 
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Let the anger begin.

 

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Horrible choice, what was the point of 1.0.4 if you're not going to continue balance patching?
The only purpose was to match the 3DS and Wii U versions. The 1.0.4 changes were in Wii U but not in 3DS.
 
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Villager is a bit OP in some areas, but not ridiculous.

Give him a couple nerfs, like decrease how long the tree sprouting hitbox lasts, and maybe down his fair knockback a bit.

That is all from my end.
 
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I want a meta that doesn't constantly change, so aside from Diddy I'm pretty happy.
 

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So what the hell is up with Wario's bike then?
 

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It makes sense why this would happen. Sakurai probably just wants a break from all of this. The good news is that if anything is completely OP, it will get patched. But at this point, better learn those matchups.
 

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Well, improving online play is good I guess.
If there's something game-breaking, it will eventually get patched.
 

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:4diddy::4diddy::4diddy::4diddy::4diddy::4diddy::4diddy::4diddy:
He's back again and about time too
And this time he's in the mood.
He can fly real high with his jetpack on,
With his pistols out, he's one cool Kong.
He'll make you smile when he play's his tune,
But N00Bs beware 'cause he's after you.
:4diddy::4diddy::4diddy::4diddy::4diddy::4diddy::4diddy::4diddy:
 
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On M2K's stream they said there was something in the article that specifically mentioned Diddy and Luigi are getting balance changes. EDIT: Apparently there just wont be any more major changes to the game, there can still be tweaks. (basically the article was mistranslated and everyone is overreacting atm XD) Unfortunately, this means we are probably stuck with rage and the lack of DACUS :cry:
 
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My money's on a bugfix patch with the release of Mewtwo. Nothing that will change the playstyle of a character ( number tweaks / hitbox nerfs ), but things like DHD's smashes whiffing and various other unnecessary bugs that do nothing but make the game look and feel inconsistent.
 

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This kinda sucks to hear the game is more balanced(So far) than past games. But without continue support kinda might not play as long. I know it will never be 100% balanced anyway.
 

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IMO, I do get Sakurai's point and he definitly wants to take a break from the series. It's not really the end of the world though. Sakurai did mention if there's a huge problem (Diddy Kong Dthrow to Uair being too good for instance), he will fix that. However, there's some problems about Sakurai's interview:

1. Why not let Namco Bandai handle the balance changes? After all, they have experience with the game and know most of the balance and mechanics. This will allow Sakurai to relax even more and Namco Bandai will handle the problems.

2. This seems like a wasted opportunity IMO. Don't get me wrong, this still could all change in the future, but this game could be the most balanced in the series, but due to little to no patches in the future, that seems very unlikely to happen for a long time.

P.S. I don't think Diddy is as OP as Metaknight. I like the changes they made to him, but that ridiculous knockback on Uair and low knockback on Dthrow really makes him top tier. You compare his Uair to Captain Falcons Uair; Captain Falcon's Uair doesn't even kill as early as Diddy's Uair, even with rage, and Falcon's Uair combos into itself and deal more damage.
 

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Would've preferred balance patches distributed every 3 or 6 months to allow the meta to develop as well as give Sakurai that well-deserved rest.
 
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