Kid Icarus developer no more

Project Sora studio closed office last month; website to shut down by the end of July.

The development studio behind the 3DS action game Kid Icarus: Uprising has been dissolved.

Chances for a Kid Icarus: Uprising 2 may be slim.

According to the official statement on the company's website, the side studio of Sora Ltd, created by Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai, closed down on June 30. The company website will remain online until July 31. At this point, there is no official statement from Sakurai and Nintendo as to why the studio was closed down.

In related news, Sakurai and Nintendo announced that Namco Bandai will be developing the upcoming Super Smash Bros. title for the Wii U and 3DS. For more information on Project Sora's game, check out GameSpot's review of Kid Icarus: Uprising.

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LordWaffleKing
LordWaffleKing

Lol, GameSpot is such an obviously Anti-Nintendo site.

TheThoughtless1
TheThoughtless1

This post is relatively misleading, studio closing fear mongering.    

jade__chan
jade__chan

If Sakurai isn't going to work with the Smash... what will be of Smash Universe???

uglypinkmoose
uglypinkmoose

based on what I just read this group wasn't even meant to stay together so whats with the article fooling

uglypinkmoose
uglypinkmoose

wow that sucks :/

they did a good job bringing Kid Icarus back IMO 

JessMarz
JessMarz

So are they going to release the cards or what?

hotdiddykong
hotdiddykong

Plain and Simple Sakurai made Sora to make Kid Icarus Uprising Specifically.

They didnt lose their jobs, they only closed the subsidiary.

The people of Project Sora is STILL there, and they with Sakurai and Namco Bandai are making Smash Bros.

They just shut down what they specifically opened to make Kid Icarus Uprising, its what Sakurai, ALWAYS does, pick random people to make something and then put them back.

fanaticsm
fanaticsm

noooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

sdcazares1980
sdcazares1980

Damn. That was rather quick. First Team Bondi, now this. :/

kejigoto
kejigoto

This isn't a well put together story... For starters Project Sora was put together using members of various teams across Sora Ltd. and Nintendo. They were brought together for the sole purpose of creating Kid Icarus Uprising and nothing more. Often Sakurai will pull random members from various teams to work on projects. For example the same group of people that worked on Super Smash Bros. Melee isn't the same team that did Brawl.

 

No jobs were lost, a studio wasn't lost, all that happened was a team setup for one project reached their goal and they moved on to greener pastures.

 

Also Namco Bandai isn't developing the next Smash Bros. alone, they are assisting Sora Ltd. with development by pulling various members from multiple Namco Bandai teams (Gundam, Tekken, Ridge Racer, ect.) to work with Sakurai. Sound familiar? This is how the man works so just let him be.

toddx77
toddx77

I didn't buy up rising since I don't have a 3ds but it is always sad when you know a sequel might not happen.  

pizzamuncher
pizzamuncher

They just made Kid Icarus: Uprising. With Sakurai not interested in a sequel, and the entire team either from Nintendo or Sora Ltd, Nintendo probably saw no reason to keep it open. Most of these employees may very well work on the same game they were going to.  

UnwantedSpam
UnwantedSpam

Well, since it was created for the sole purpose of making Uprising, and nobody lost their jobs, there's little reason to get sad. Hopefully they can reform to make a sequel on Wii U though.

dr_jashugan
dr_jashugan

I tought that game sold a lot of copies. Hmm! 8-\

IanNottinghamX
IanNottinghamX

This studio came together to work on the kid icarus game...now that the game is out they simply desolved....nothing more to it. They may get back together if they make a sequel in the future.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

This era of one-shot disposable studios is really disturbing. Studios learn a ton each time they produce a game together.

Guzthon
Guzthon

This 4th SSB (developed by Namco-Bandai Games) will not surpass SSB Brawl (Wii) for NOTHING in the world. "No Sora, no success".

chappy_man
chappy_man

That kind of sucks, the kid icarus game was fun, heck I would throw it back into my 3ds no problem. And I am still not sure how I feel about tekken bros, hopefullly those let go out of this end up in some good places.

 

They certainly are not bad at what they do.

TohouAsura
TohouAsura

This is by no way sad news. The guys are probably still working at Nintendo. The project was shut down and the studio dissolved, but the guys who worked there are probably back to their own projects.

 

It's like SEGA formed the Yakuza team especially to make Yakuza game.

 

Kid Icarus was a one-shot, and it did okay. I bet it was a great learnnig experience to all who were involved with it.

 

Keep on, nothing to see here. 

Vampire64
Vampire64

The employees of Project Sora were and are always part of the main Sora. team No one lost his job!

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

You can tell who's well informed and who's a BSer by the reactions to this article, especially Kid Icarus: Uprising was both a critical and financial success. 

Vambran
Vambran

I got this game. It looks okay but the controls are god awful. Playing for longer than 10 minutes at a time is a choir.

 

 

adam1808
adam1808

Project Sora wasn't a huge studio to begin with, I'm guessing most of them were hand-picked by Sakurai given his agency over Nintendo projects. Bet they've all been relocated to wherever Sakurai wants them, he does what he likes and Nintendo will keep handing him the cheques while he still delivers quality.

shovel238
shovel238

This studio was developed solely for the making of Kid Icarus. Now that the game is finished, the studio closed. Sakurai already said in an interview ( I think with nintendo power) there were no planned sequels. There was a reason it was called project sora (Sky in japanese) and now that the reason no longer existed, this subdivisions no longer exists. I doubt anyone lost their jobs either, since it says "dissolved", they are probably just working on other projects.

funkymonkey4710
funkymonkey4710

I am pretty sure no one lost their jobs, they were parts of other studios I believe that came together to make this one game.

 

AndCarlsen
AndCarlsen

Project Sora was a group of people brought together to create Kid Icarus Uprising. Since the has been finished,  the group has been dissolved. There was no finantial reasons, no grudges between the developers or anything like that. It had its purpose, but now they can focus on something else (SSM, for instance).

DrKill09
DrKill09

...on a handheld nobody bought.

DrKill09
DrKill09

Boo hoo hoo, a company closed that made a game nobody bought.

walders
walders

Jonathan's picture made me laugh when I finished the article. Company closing down, people losing jobs, no one knows why. Two enthusiastic thumbs up!

King9999
King9999

I think this story is misleading.

Ovirew
Ovirew

Uhh...  Why did they make a studio just to make one game?  lol

poptart28
poptart28

the author of this story should be ashamed for misleading the readers like this. The subsidiary studio was created specifically for one game only. Sakurai himself said this. The game was finished end of story. No one lost their jobs. Sora ltd. Still remains. Shame on gamespot. 

Vampire64
Vampire64

It's Project Sora, not Sora. Since the beginning Project Sora was created for developing just ONE game (Kid Icarus)

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Wasn't Kid Icarus:Uprising a success for the 3DS.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

Reminds me of when Warner Bros bought Nether Realms and I was freaked out about it. This sucks :/

abHS4L88
abHS4L88

 @kejigoto 

Indeed, GameSpot lately has been delivering several misleading articles, and for some reason they all happen to be Nintendo related. The same article was on IGN yet they provided the information that the team is currently working on Super Smash Brothers so at least people don't start thinking that these people were laid off or something. 

 

I don't know what GameSpot's problem has been lately.

TheThoughtless1
TheThoughtless1

 @foxfacer2d2 There obviously still could be, but if it is made someday lets hope they don't just add a 2 to the end of the title.

BradBurns
BradBurns

 @IanNottinghamX 

 

I believe that they also worked on Brawl, if I'm not mistaken.

 

It's a little strange to me that they simply didn't have Project Sora work along side Namco Bandai. 

 

 

AndCarlsen
AndCarlsen

 @shovel238 He did say there probably wouldn't be another Kid Icarus game for the next 20 years, which is sad, the game was pretty good and sold well.

AndCarlsen
AndCarlsen

* SSB (I hate not having an edit button)

Spacerac
Spacerac

@DrKill09 A quick google search would really humiliate you right now.