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Here's what Masahiro Sakurai aims to do once Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's content support has concluded

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • October 15, 2021 at 8:27 a.m. PDT • Comments: 6

The time that we've been dreading is fast approaching. Support for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is coming to a close very soon with the game's final DLC character, Kingdom Hearts' own Sora, being released on October 18.

These last three years or so have certainly been a wild ride, but it's about that time for the hard-working series creator, Masahiro Sakurai, and his crew, to close up shop and get some much deserved rest. In his latest Famitsu column (with translation work provided by PushDustIn, KodyNOKOLO, and brando_themando), we learn more about the DLC development process, as well as what Sakurai is planning on doing with his time once he's all done with Smash Ultimate.

"[Sakurai] notes that for Smash Ultimate, the end date of the project is fast approaching," writes PushDustIn on Twitter. "Because of this, Sakurai's schedule has more elbow room."

Apparently, during the development of the game's DLC characters Sakurai was at the helm of the entire production. But over the last few months, the development work has started to wrap up leaving only PR, balancing, and managing events left to do.

At the time of writing the column, the staff working on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is slowly leaving the project, but as one might expect, Mr. Sakurai still has work to do. That having been said, Sakurai now has much more free time than he once did, so what is he going to do with that time — especially when Smash Ultimate fully wraps up?

Sakurai notes that he is considering taking some time for himself to drive around and explore Japan. He is concerned, however, that COVID could potentially put a damper on those plans.

If there were ever a developer in the video game industry that deserves some quality rest, it's Sakurai. His years working on the Super Smash Bros. series have landed him in the hospital, seen him collapse, and even caused him to develop tendonitis.

But with Smash Ultimate alone, we've seen two DLC Fighters Pass sets released that added 11 additional characters to the mix. The first pass included Persona's Joker, Hero from Dragon Quest, Banjo & Kazooie, Terry Bogard from Fatal Fury, and Fire Emblem's Byleth, while Fighters Pass vol. 2 introduced ARMS' Min Min, Steve from Minecraft, Final Fantasy 7's Sephiroth, Pyra & Mythra from Xenoblade Chronicles, Tekken's Kazuya, and of course, Sora.

It's bittersweet that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is coming to a close very soon. While I'm sure fans would agree that we'd want to see a never ending stream of DLC characters added to the game, the final product is nothing short of remarkable and what we have is quite possibly the greatest video game crossover to ever exist.

Masahiro Sakurai still has two more Famitsu columns to write, and the next one will provide details on the recently revealed final fighter, Sora. Until then, be sure to check out PushDustIn's Twitter thread for more details on the DLC development process, and make sure to follow and support the translators for their hard work.

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