Masahiro Sakurai, director of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and developer at HAL Laboratory since 1992 (when he created Kirby) has rethought the idea of early retirement. He has done so in his column in Famitsu magazine (translation via VGC).
Sakurai reflected on her age and your wishes to retire during Golden Week (a vacation in Japan), although for now still wants to keep busy and work, at least until the body endures.
The 50-year-old developer and director has already raised the topic of his retirement in his Famitsu column, where he often talks about his difficult work-life balance, which has come to affect his health. During the development of her latest game, Sakurai took steps to reduce her workload, such as forcing herself to leave the office at 10 p.m. every day, no matter what.
In 2015 he already tried the idea of retiring after finishing Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, although for now still working on the last two Nintendo Switch Smash DLC characters. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate came out in December 2018, and will finish receiving DLC characters sometime in 2021. Sakurai has already announced that the remaining two would be the last, and at various times has doubted the continuation of the saga after Ultimate… and his involvement in the event of a new Smash sequel on a future Nintendo console.
Sakurai will continue working on videogames when he’s done with Smash
In fact, when the last of the Smash characters comes out, Sakurai will too will close, at least temporarily, his column on Famitsu, in which he has been writing for almost 20 years. However, he has shown his intention to keep working on videogames after ending Smash.
Sakurai talks about Super Smash Bros Ultimate and explains that it is not up to him to choose the new characters
Will it continue to work for Nintendo Switch? Will the Kirby saga, from which he dissociated himself to work on Smash Bros, somehow resume? Will he return with a new Kid Icarus game? He will probably decide after taking a good vacation, although Sakurai himself said two months ago that Pit’s return is unlikely …