Super Smash Bros. Ultimate director Masahiro Sakurai revealed the ultimate playable character in Nintendo’s hit combating sport will likely be Sora from Kingdom Hearts. With this, work on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is lastly full and followers are displaying their appreciation with the hashtag #ThankYouSakurai.
Development for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate started in 2015, and though Ultimate was launched in 2018, Nintendo continued to launch DLC characters for one more three years after launch. Now, one of many hardest working game developers can shut the e-book on an eight-year chapter.
Sakurai’s work habits have been meticulously scrutinized over time because of interviews the director has achieved the place he talks about working late, and thru weekends, nights, and holidays. In 2013 the director revealed he suffered tendinitis in his proper shoulder, making it bodily tough for him to playtest the most recent Smash Bros. construct. Now, hopefully, he can lastly take that long-overdue prolonged break.
— TAHK0 ☕️ (@TAHK0) October 5, 2021
— 👹beans made GHOULS👻 (@beanzaru) October 5, 2021
As a sure creator as soon as mentioned: “Don’t cry as a result of it is over, smile as a result of it occurred.”#ThankYouSakurai for the whole lot, these final 3 years, you guided us by way of an unbelievable journey, and now it has reached its well-deserved conclusion. Hope you take pleasure in your break!!💖 pic.twitter.com/5b803GMXRu
— Cherif (The Sky Palace Hub) (School) (19 DAYS 🎉) (@SkyPalaceHub) October 5, 2021
We’ll all miss you pic.twitter.com/rAjf1MdDjC
— dumbass lunala (@LunalaFan777) October 5, 2021
With the ultimate Smash Bros. character revealed and on the way in which, followers are thanking Sakurai for the arduous work on social media like Twitter.
Many are saying the Sora reveal is an ideal bookend to the chapter as nicely. Sora has lengthy topped fan polls for characters gamers want to see in Smash Bros. however negotiating with each Square Enix and Disney made the prospect appear virtually unsurmountable. But the Smash Bros. staff pulled it off and was capable of ship on the group’s largest request.
— LVGriffon (@LVGrifon) October 5, 2021
— Has🦇 (@HasiratS) October 5, 2021
#ThankYouSakurai This was the very best approach this might have ended; you completely caught the touchdown. We do not deserve you.
— joshscorcher (@joshscorcher) October 5, 2021
It wouldn’t shock me if Sakurai retired as a director after this as a result of Ultimate represents the whole lot about his legacy and work on the Smash franchise, it wasn’t at all times good and never everybody acquired who they needed nevertheless it certain as heck was a satisfying finish.#ThankYouSakurai pic.twitter.com/Mjq8HPIQQJ
— 👻Dee-ad Dude💀🎃 #SORA IN SMASH (@Destructo_Dan) October 5, 2021
Even the reveal had a heartwarming finality to it. The trailer begins in a approach that parallels the very first Smash Bros. Ultimate trailer with a blazing Smash emblem within the sky. But the place the primary trailer solely had a handful of characters, the Sora trailer had each character revealed in Smash Bros. Ultimate wanting on the fiery emblem simply because it’s about to exit.
When it does, the characters all revert to their trophy kinds. That is till a small ember revives the characters and provides Sora to the roster for one final rodeo.
Check out IGN’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate review and maintain an eye fixed out for our Sora character overview when the Keyblade grasp lastly arrives on Smash.
Matt T.M. Kim is IGN’s News Editor. You can attain him @lawoftd.