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In his latest column for Famitsu, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate director Masahiro Sakurai talked in-depth about the game’s latest DLC fighter, Sora from Kingdom Hearts, including how an unplanned meeting with a Disney rep kicked off the whole process. He spoke about the negotiations with Square Enix and Disney, how Sora was actually the series’ most requested playable character ever, as well as unpacking many details around the character’s design.

Below is a full translation of what Sakurai had to say.

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There may still be a glimmer of hope for native Kingdom Hearts ports on Switch.

During the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate presentation unveiling Sora for the game last week, it was revealed that all of the major titles will be appearing on the console. But rather than going the native route, Square Enix is putting all of the games on the cloud. That means you’re required to have an internet connection to play, which many fans aren’t happy about.

It sounds like nothing is in the works at present, but speaking with Nintendo Life, Kingdom Hearts series producer Ichiro Hazama left the door slightly open to the possibility of native ports on Switch in the future. Although the team previously ran into issues such as “the storage capacity of the hardware”, true ports are “undecided” and Square Enix is “excited to hear feedback from our fans”.

Hazama’s full words:

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Square Enix will finally be bringing a Kingdom Hearts game to Switch this year, but perhaps not in the way that fans had hoped. Rather than releasing one of the core past titles, we’re instead getting Melody of Memory – a rhythm action spinoff.

Unfortunately, Square Enix isn’t planning any other Kingdom Hearts games for Switch at the moment. Franchise director Tetsuya Nomura told Nintendo Enthusiast that the company considered porting other entries in the series, but found things to be technologically difficult.

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Square Enix has started sending out a new survey for the Kingdom Hearts franchise. It’s notable because fans can provide feedback about what they’d like to see and what they want to see for the series’ future. Square Enix teases at the beginning of the survey, “The more you share with us, the more great stuff you’ll see from us!”

Topics found in the survey include players’ past experiences with Kingdom Hearts, their attitudes, what they enjoyed, what they didn’t enjoy, how they feel about the Disney aspect of the game, and more. You can take the survey here.

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