Kingdom Hearts director Tetsuya Nomura recently had an interview with Game Informer in which he answered questions about the beloved series. The questions ranged from what to expect in the future (such as with the recently revealed Kingdom Hearts IV) as well various aspects of past entries. During the interview, Game Informer asked Nomura about how he felt about Sora's inclusion in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. You can read the question and his full response below:
There is a lot to take away from this answer alone, such as Disney being more supportive of Sora in Smash than some may have originally believed as well as Nomura being concerned with how Sora in Smash could mess with Kingdom Hearts' lore. Only time will tell if we learn even more about the behind the scenes of Ultimate's newcomer inclusions.Game Informer: Another area where we saw Kingdom Hearts’ popularity surge was seeing Sora in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Can you talk about your feelings on having Sora involved?
Nomura: Obviously, I was very happy that we were able to have Sora make an appearance in Smash Bros. Ultimate. Most of the feedback when Sora was [announced] for Smash Bros. Ultimate was, ‘I can’t believe Disney okayed for him to be in this game.’ Behind the scenes, I was actually the one being very picky about his appearance in Smash Bros. Disney was the one that was like, ‘Go ahead! This is a great opportunity.’ I thought it would be tough to pull off because it might clash with the established lore in Kingdom Hearts and the Disney worlds, so it was an opportunity I had to consider very carefully. After seeing how happy everybody was in welcoming Sora to Smash Bros., I feel like the end result was really great.
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