For a few days now, pugilists eager for improbable encounters can take advantage of the arrival of Sora, the ultimate guest of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. But it came close to it. Explanations.
Everything comes to an end, even good things. After three years of a relatively unprecedented interview in Nintendo’s history, the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate closed on Monday, October 18 with update 13.0. And especially the arrival of the hero of the convoluted Kingdom Hearts saga. The story is obviously beautiful for Masahiro Sakurai whose attachment to the character is known, as recalled by the name of his own studio. But another page turns for the sleep-deprived director. He also ends his weekly column in Famitsu magazine. The opportunity was too good not to bring these two conclusive subjects together.
Sakurai therefore took advantage of this alignment of the planets to deliver some development secrets. In particular, explain how the hero himself at the center of a crossover, will have been able to find his place in Super Smash Bros Ultimate. To succeed in winning the popular character in a survey conducted in 2017, it was necessary to negotiate for many months with the managers of Square Enix and Disney.. A stacking that obviously did not facilitate anything, as the cartoon giant knows how to be intractable when it comes to exploiting its licenses:
The first Sora model that our team sent to Disney and Square Enix was very worked, and we didn’t have too many problems … just kidding, it was very difficult.
Sakurai explains that Sora’s addition was so uncertain that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s second (and final) Fighter Pass was originally supposed to consist of just five characters. That is to say so few believed in it internally.
Fortunately, a little help from fate finally made the impossible possible: during a ceremony (which some believe took place during the Tokyo Game Show 2019), the director will have been able to directly approach a person in charge of Disney, and inform him of the desires of a whole team. Their ordeal had only just begun, but many round trips and discussions that we imagine attached to the smallest detail will have finally allowed the players to Super Smash Bros Ultimate to benefit from a last guest, elected by universal suffrage, moreover.
Hopefully after all these adventures, Masahiro sakurai finally finds time to rest. he deserved it, right?