Masahiro Sakurai will not be retiring anytime soon. Now that the full Famitsu column is out, IGN has clarified with its own translation. The video game director will end his regular column on Famitsu later this year.
From the anecdotes that came out before the last issue of Famitsu’s column, it appears Masahiro Sakurai is considering retirement. We now have more context on the legendary game developer’s statement. After independently translating the column, IGN clarified, “He’s very clear that he won’t be leaving game development anytime soon,” while Sakurai ponders the question of how long he can work on game development. He also said this was normal for someone his age to consider. He did not make a concrete statement that he wanted to quit the industry.
However, Sakurai confirmed that he will stop writing the Famitsu column after 18 years of work. He will continue his regular articles in the publication until the final character DLC for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Out. Two fighters are still in the fighter’s second fighter pass. The latest addition to the enormous roster is the Pyra and Mythra’s 2-in-1 combo from Xenoblade Chronicles 2.
Masahiro Sakurai is not considering retirement, however, he will end the Famitsu column after 18 years.