Masahiro Sakurai has been developing games for a long time, and is currently working on the new Super Smash Bros. game. But for how long will Sakurai continue to develop video games? Though he is only 43 years old, he most likely won’t be making games forever. In his bi-weekly column in Weekly Famitsu (the link redirects to an English translation; the original Japanese text can be found here), Sakurai discussed his age within the development team, and also vaguely discussed for how much longer he intends to develop games. So how long will Sakurai continue to develop games for? Hit the jump to find this out and more!
Sakurai initially wrote about his age within the Smash Bros. development team. Sakurai states that he is one of the oldest people on the team, despite being relatively young at 43 years old:
“As I look around the new Smash Bros. development office, hardly anyone here is older than I am.”
Sakurai went on to discuss that he believed that many people from his generation would be replaced by new generations of developers in the coming years:
“Seeing as there are very few people from the previous generation [in development], it’s likely that in a few years, people from my generation will begin to leave the front lines.”
In an interesting change of topic, Sakurai recognizes that he is lucky to be in a position to make a living off of developing video games, and he recognizes that not everyone is as fortunate as he is. Reflecting on his current circumstances, Sakurai wrote:
“What it comes down to is that I’ll do my job. It’s a simple starting point where I do what I do best under the circumstances to contribute to society.”
Finally, Sakurai vaguely hinted at how long he would continue to develop games for:
“So long as I’m here, I’d like to enjoy this life of different happenings and different jobs. To continue is not the end goal.”
Hopefully Sakurai will continue to make games for many years to come. Unfortunately, someday he will have to step down and let a new generation of developers take the reigns. Regardless, Sakurai has left an impact on the video game industry, and his legacy will no doubt only continue to grow with time.