We know that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be getting five more DLC characters as part of its Fighter Pass 2. Game director Masahiro Sakurai has reiterated today that these five remaining DLC fighters will likely be the last characters added to the game.
Sakurai reiterated the news in his latest Famitsu weekly column (translated by Robert Sephazon and first reported on by VideoGamesChronicle). In the column, Sakurai writes that after the release of the five remaining DLC characters, the "continuous Smash development from Smash for 3DS/Wii U will finally come to an end."
This is hardly the first time Sakurai has put out such a statement about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate development coming to an end. Earlier this year in Famitsu Weekly, Sakurai wrote that after the current batch of fighters are released from Fighter Pass 2, there are no further development plans for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, so the game would effectively be finished.
In an interview earlier this year, Sakurai did actually talk briefly about life after Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. "Only God knows," he said when asked about his next mission after development wraps up. Perhaps Sakurai doesn't have any clear idea about what he wants to do next, but I hope he has a well-deserved nap, without working with an IV drip tied to him.
Arms' Min Min was the latest character to enter Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and the first of six characters from Fighter Pass 2. There's no word yet on future characters for the game, but Sakurai did note earlier this year that they've already been chosen by Nintendo.