I been reading the news just like everybody else. I seen the Smash Bros. they kept him on. I heard about all the things they did to him to make sure he kept designin’ ... so, sorry. I don’t know what to tell you ... I’m not helping you put Masahiro Sakurai back on a Smash Bros.
That's what I'm starting to feel as well. It wouldn't surprise me if as a developer and life-long gamer he takes a massive amount of pride in being the architect of the biggest collaboration the industry has ever seen. He's even mentioned a couple times now how important "the record" is and how dedicated he feels in making it as high as possible.
There's this as well. In terms of job security Sakurai's coasting on a fucking dream right now, constantly building to an established game rather than having to draft up and design project proposals from scratch.
And I'm happy! This is how I wanted Smash to be. Constantly updated and refined.
Actual question: What are the chances of Sakurai reading this?
I feel similarly to an extent. Smash Ultimate already has an ungodly amount of content, I never felt like it needed more than one season of DLC. It's great that it's getting it, but I'm personally happy enough with the game that I think I would rather see what he does after Smash. But if this is what he wants and as long as he isn't killing himself, I wish him the best of luck and know I'll end up buying pretty much all of it.