In case you guys weren’t watching our live stream of tonight’s Nintendo Direct conferences, Satoru Iwata announced that the new Smash Bros. titles for Wii U and the 3DS will be co-developed by Namco Bandai Games and Namco Bandai Studio in association with Sakurai’s studio Project Sora. Of course, Masahiro Sakurai is still directing the project.
Namco’s Masaya Kobayashi, who’s worked on Ridge Racer, and Yoshito Higuchi of the Tales games, will be the head of development on the Namco’s side.
Keep in mind, Super Smash Bros. Brawl was co-developed by Monolith Soft, Game Arts and Paon so this wouldn’t be the first time that Smash was being developed by an external studio. If anything, this just cements the fact that Pac-Man is pretty much a shoe-in for the next big playable 3rd party character slot(especially considering Miyamoto loves Pac-Man).
Namco’s Masaya Kobayashi had a few words to say about the upcoming title:
In order to make Mr. Sakurai proud, we will take on this project with NAMCO BANDAI’s best staff! Yoshito Higuchi, the producer and the director of the “Tales” series, Tetsuya Akatsuka, producer and director of “Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme Vs.,” the art director/sound director of the “SoulCalibur” series, the main development team staff from the “TEKKEN” series…and that’s just for starters. All the top creators from NAMCO BANDAI are gathered here to create a never-before-seen dream team for this project. We will fully utilize our experience and knowledge in action/fighting game development, technical capability, and organizational strength, and we hereby promise you that we will develop the best and most powerful “Super Smash Bros.” title ever! Don’t miss it!
Be sure to check out Sakurai and Kobayashi’s full statements here.