Nintendo are closing down Project Sora, the development studio that was set up to create and release Kid Icarus: Uprising for Nintendo 3DS, headed by legendary developer Masahiro Sakurai.
Project Sora was made up of team members from Sakurai’s other studio, Sora Ltd and a bunch of new employees. It was announced earlier this year that following the release of Kid Icarus: Uprising, the studio would move onto development of two Super Smash Bros. titles for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS.
However since that announcement, Nintendo announced an epic partnership with Namco Bandai (publisher behind the Tales and Tekken series) that would see the development of Smash Bros. take place between Sora Ltd, Nintendo and Namco Bandai.
Now evidence has emerged from Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada that many teams under the Namco Bandai belt will be flocking to the development project;
“Obviously it’s a big priority for the company,” Harada told publication NGamer, “so company-wide there are a lot of people involved with that particular project. Not just from Tekken but a lot of our franchises. ”
So it seems that Nintendo are doing everything possible to get Smash Bros. out as soon as humanly possible – including streamlining development studios and re-assessing priorities.
At the end of the day, who the hell cares who develops it, just give us a new Smash Bros.!