Famed developer Masahiro Sakurai has been steadily pumping out new entries in the Super Smash Bros. franchise for nearly 20 years now. All of that effort will culminate in the launch of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (featuring every playable character in franchise history) this December. Sakurai has been floating the idea of moving on from Smash for years now, so will this Ultimate edition finally be the end?
Usually, by the time a new Smash releases, Sakurai is publicly flirting with the idea of washing his hands of Smash. This time around, however, he's singing a different tune with a few months left to go before launch. Speaking to The Guardian, Sakurai was asked if he personally wished to make the series non-stop until retirement. While this isn't Sakurai's personal preference, he indicated that he plans to continue working on Smash so long as the demand is there from fans.
"I actually don't feel that way at all! The best way to enjoy video games is to play what other people have made. But at the same time, I have a role. At this point I have been asked to create Smash and so I am doing that, and will continue to do so if the demand is there.." — Masahiro Sakurai
I'd say it's a fairly safe assumption that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is going to sell millions upon millions of copies on Switch, and the fans will demand more at some point. It looks like Sakurai isn't going anywhere anytime soon.
Source: The Guardian