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Masahiro Sakurai: No future plans for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate once Fighter Pass 2 is complete, 'I can't say for sure if the series will continue'

The Smash director opens up how they're approaching the game's second year of content and beyond

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • February 19, 2020 at 9:06 a.m. PST • Comments: 34

There are some valid criticisms which can be tossed at the Super Smash Bros. series, but lacking content certainly isn't one of those. Smash Ultimate currently features a roster of 80 playable characters with six more in development.

What comes after is still very much in the air, however.

Super Smash Bros. Director Masahiro Sakurai pens a weekly column for the Japanese Famitsu magazine, and his most recent entry has already appeared online early which details some information regarding Fighter Pass 2, his thoughts on the series' future and how busy Smash development keeps him.

Sakurai once again clarifies that there are six more DLC characters coming for Smash Ultimate's Fighter Pass 2, and that Nintendo, not he, have already decided on who those entries will be in excerpts and translations provided by PushDustIn from SourceGaming.

Once development is finished for them in 2021 though, he notes that neither he nor Nintendo have any other plans for what to do with Smash Ultimate and the Smash series going forward.

"I can't say for sure if the Smash series will continue," writes Sakurai as translated by PushDustIn. "The people at Nintendo who are in charge of the series and I are not thinking about the future at all."

It'd be an odd business decision to outright abandon the likes of Super Smash Bros. beyond Ultimate considering the most recent entry is the Switch's second-highest selling game on the system — currently sitting at 17.68 million copies worldwide.

"I can't say for sure if the Smash series will continue. The people at Nintendo who are in charge of the series and I are not thinking about the future at all" - Masahiro Sakurai

What seems more uncertain is if Sakurai himself will stay on board to help produce / develop any future titles since the Kirby creator points out how busy the series makes him.

Sakurai explains that he can't work on anything else while attached to Smash Ultimate. In the past 12 years, the only non-Smash game he's really worked on was Kid Icarus Uprising back in 2012.

That's still reportedly okay with him though because the award-winning director states that he 'wants to keep working to make other people happy.'

It's no secret to those who follow the industry at all that saying Sakurai is a bit of a workaholic even among Japanese standards.

The man claims to have worked 13 months straight during Melee's development without a day off, was diagnosed with calcific tendonitis in his right arm while making Smash 4 and has even taken an IV drip to work with him before to continue working while sick.

That being said, the Sora Ltd. boss has admitted he's cut back a bit in recent years to a more healthy level.

Rounding out his most recent article, Sakurai feels as though it's not in the series' best interest to keep Ultimate going forever, but adding these last six fighters are more like added frosting on the finished cake.

"It's not really good for the long term future (of the series) to just add new content (To Ultimate)," said Sakurai. "But by putting out a little bit at a time, we can make (Ultimate) last longer... So because of all that, these six fighters are really extra additions."

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate began as Sakurai's "final mission" from late Nintendo President Satoru Iwata the game certainly seems to have evolved far past their original ideas of bringing the series to Switch.

We don't know the identity of any of the six upcoming fighters joining Smash Ultimate though they did announce with Byleth that they plan to have them all done by December 2021.

You can check out the translated excerpts from Sakurai's latest Famitsu column below, and you can find more on PushDustIn's Twitter page.

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