Masahiro Sakurai, the director of video games comparable to Kirby and Super Smash Bros, is reportedly contemplating early retirement. He additionally mentioned his plans to finish his common Famitsu column after the discharge of Super Smash Bros Ultimate’s final two fighters. Sakurai said that he would possible be ending the column “this year at the latest.” [Thanks, ryokutya2089!]

The information comes from Sakurai’s “Think About Video Games” column on Famitsu. The column has gained vital reputation since its inception in 2003. It was additionally collected right into a sequence of books and printed independently. Through it, Sakurai has talked about every thing video game-related, from his choice to not embrace Rex in Smash, to his ideas on the Cyberpunk 2077 refund controversy.

The Smash director mentions that the considered retirement got here throughout Golden Week. That is when he started eager about his life after creating video video games. Specifically, Sakurai said that he has a “certain fondness” in the direction of the concept of early retirement. “Everything must come to an end at some point,” Sakurai said in the latest column. He added that he feels “it’s okay to work as hard as I can right now, while I can, even if it makes me very busy.” Back in 2020, Sakurai additionally almost suffered a serious harm as a result of exhaustion and dehydration.

Regarding his private Famitsu column, Sakurai said that he’s pondering of ending it in any case of Super Smash Bros Ultimate’s DLC releases. Two extra fighters are slated to launch and that the column will possible finish “within this year” after their launch. Additionally, he clarifies that the top of his column “doesn’t mean that he won’t be involved in game-related work in the future.”