- Super Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai confirms he is still working in the game industry, debunking retirement rumors.
- Sakurai is known for creating successful franchises like Super Smash Bros. and Kirby.
- Sakurai’s YouTube channel, Masahiro Sakurai on Creating Games, has gained a large following by revealing secrets of the gaming industry.
Super Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai has recently confirmed that he is still working in the game industry, despite the success of his new channel and being out of the spotlight recently. Since the critically acclaimed Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Sakurai has not been credited in any new game, and his answer clears up any doubts that fans could have about his possible retirement.
Masahiro Sakurai became famous for creating highly successful franchises like Super Smash Bros. and Kirby back in the 90s. He is essentially the face of Super Smash Bros. and acted as director in all the games in the series. Last year, he created a channel called Masahiro Sakurai on Creating Games. Around the same time, Masahiro Sakurai confirmed that he was semi-retired after finishing the development of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC.
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Due to his previous remarks, fans were wondering what the creator of Super Smash Bros. would be up to, and one of the recent videos on his channel answered that. In a short video, Sakurai talks about how some developers eventually step away from the public spotlight, either by finding successful careers in other fields or simply gaining enough money from patents to stop working in the industry and live their lives comfortably. When talking about himself, though, he confirmed that he did not intend to leave the gaming industry entirely anytime soon, saying “As for me, I’m still creating games for the time being, but I’m also making this YouTube channel”. This hints that he will spend less time making games, but is not ready to quit yet.
As for me, I’m still creating games for the time being, but I’m also making this YouTube channel.
While this is pretty good news for fans of the legendary developer, Sakurai has unfortunately not revealed what he is working on at the moment. Taking his previous remarks into account, he could be working on a possible sequel to Super Smash Bros. Previously, the developer stated that he could not imagine a future game in this franchise without his involvement. So, while it’s only speculation at this point, it’s not too far-fetched to expect him to be at least consulting on a possible new game.
Overall, Sakurai seems happy with his channel. Masahiro Sakurai on Creating Games already has over 570,000 followers in its English version and a similar number in its Japanese one. On this channel, Sakurai often reveals secrets of the gaming industry, such as how character reveals are made in games like Super Smash Bros., for example, and has been attracting a massive audience with this kind of content.
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