Super Smash Bros. Ultimate director and sequence creator, Masahiro Sakurai, has a strict work ethic that doesn’t permit for sick days.
In an interview with Nintendo Dream – translated by Nintendo Everything – Sakurai shared his schedule and the way he taken care of his well being in the course of the improvement of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
“I made some changes from what I used to do compared to now. For example, as a principle, I always left the office by 10 PM, no matter what. Many companies are discouraging extreme overtime these days, too,” he stated, referencing the recent furore over crunch time in the industry following an interview with Rockstar’s Dan Houser and the studio’s “100 hour weeks”.
Historically, Sakurai has struggled together with his well being. Back in 2013, he was affected by calcific tendonitis and ruptured muscle tissues, and it continued to trigger issues for him over two years later, which he shared in a Famitsu interview, through Kotaku.
When requested how he fared in the course of the improvement of Ultimate, Sakurai revealed that he had suffered from abdomen issues, however slightly than taking day off, he went into the workplace connected to an IV drip.
“I still had a lot of stomach problems,” he stated. “When you’ve got symptoms like food poisoning, you definitely have to go to the hospital, right? I’ve had that situation once or twice before during development. It was like I got food poisoning from some oysters that I didn’t eat. It was like my food had come into contact with them or something. But I cook my food thoroughly… Why did I get sick?”
When requested if he takes day off throughout such cases, he replied, “No, I don’t. I just get an IV drip and go to work like normal.” He credit being a “hard worker” for his degree dedication.
“I’m a freelancer, so I don’t have any strict rules on my time. As long as I can complete the game, I could show up to the office once per week and I think it’d be within the realm of forgiveness. But instead I make sure I come to work every day and write proper daily reports and such. I’m always working, but there’s a lot of things that keep me in good spirits!” he elaborated.
He did take a couple of days off final yr over Christmas, however even then, he stored it to a minimal. “We’re still developing our DLC, so my staff would have to handle my share of the work. We’re releasing Joker soon, and they wouldn’t be able to consult with me on him.”
That’s diligence for you. Or simply not figuring out when to present your self a well-earned relaxation.
On the topic of DLC, Persona 5’s Joker will drop before the end of April, rolling out in replace 3.0. He’s the primary Fighters Pass DLC fighter to hitch the roster.