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Nearly three years after the release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Sora Ltd. founder and Smash Director Masahiro Sakurai can finally rest.
Sakurai confirmed that Sora from Kingdom Hearts would join Smash Ultimate as the game’s final DLC fighter during his Mr. Sakurai Presents livestream on Tuesday. Sora will become the sixth character in the Fighters Pass Vol. 2 and the game’s 12th DLC character overall.
During the presentation, Sakurai revealed that Sora was the most requested character by fans in the Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot. The Fighter Ballot ran toward the end of the lifespan of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, or Smash 4, and was used to determine that game’s final DLC fighter.
At the time, Bayonetta was the most requested character that the developers could feasibly put into Smash 4. Now, nearly six years after Bayonetta’s announcement, Sakurai has collaborated with Square Enix and The Walt Disney Company in order to bring Sora to Smash Ultimate.
More about Sora in Smash Ultimate
Sora is designed as an air fighter in Smash Ultimate. He has high jumps but is fairly light. Unsurprisingly, he mainly attacks using his signature Keyblade. With it, he can convert many of his normal moves into a three-hit combo. In addition, Sora will be able to use an array of magic attacks from the Kingdom Hearts series — including Blizzaga, Firaga and Thundaga — all of which he can access using his neutral special.
With his side special Sonic Blade, Sora can leap through the air in three independent directions. This gives him lots of freedom to recover or attack using his aerial movement. He can also input a Sonic Blade after using his up special Aerial Sweep. Finally, Sora’s down special is Counterattack, which stuns opponents briefly before he launches his attack.
Alongside Sora, the last DLC release will include a handful of Mii Fighter costumes. Most notably, these include a costume for Doom Slayer, the protagonist from the Doom series. In addition, there will be an Octoling wig and a Judd hat to represent the Splatoon series.
Sora and the new Mii Fighter costumes, along with Sora’s Rising Falls stage and music from the Kingdom Hearts series, will make their way into Smash Ultimate on Oct. 18.
Dylan Tate is an alumnus of the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a gaming journalist with a love for Nintendo esports, particularly Super Smash Bros. and Pokémon.