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Masahiro Sakurai reveals that the script for Sephiroth's Super Smash Bros. Ultimate trailer was created before the release of Final Fantasy 7 Remake

Posted by Justin 'AdaptiveTrigger' Gordon • January 1, 2021 at 12:44 p.m. PST • Comments: 6

Sephiroth's Super Smash Bros. Ultimate trailer offered video game fans a real spectacle as we learned the identity of the character behind Challenger Pack 8. Those familiar with Final Fantasy 7: Advent Children probably noticed some memorable scenes from the movie as the reveal happened.

According to Masahiro Sakurai in the latest Famitsu Column, the script for Sephiroth's reveal was set to pay homage to Advent Children. Apparently, plans for this were created before the release of Final Fantasy 7 Remake. In other words, there aren't any intentional references to events that occurred in Final Fantasy 7 Remake in the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate trailer.

Indeed, Sephiroth's scenes in Advent Children that had him shrouding the sky in darkness, impaling Cloud and lifting him into the air, falling victim to Cloud's Omni Slash Ver. 5 and swearing that he'd never become just a memory all got referenced in the big reveal.

Of course, the violent nature of the villain's attack against Cloud was toned down in the trailer. Instead of impaling someone with his seven-foot Masamune, the One-Winged Angel lifted Mario into the air by his overalls in hilarious fashion that was more suitable for Nintendo's audiences.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake was released earlier this year on April 10, 2020. By this point, Min Min from ARMS and Steve from Minecraft weren't even revealed as playable characters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

It's not too surprising to hear that Sephiroth was already chosen to become a playable character back then considering that it's been stated that Nintendo had already decided the roster for Fighters Pass Vol. 2 back in 2019, just like with the first Fighters Pass. Once again, there's no need for a "Smash Ballot" to figure out which fighters deserve a slot.

This does seem to imply that the One-Winged Angel was being worked on to some extent while Min Min and Steve were also being developed. At the very least, plans for each combatant's cinematic reveal trailers and move sets have already been created.

Masahiro Sakurai has previously mentioned that he was provided with early builds of the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Fire Emblem: Three Houses for the purposes of putting Breath of the Wild Link and Byleth into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in a timely manner.

Similarly, Sakurai was provided with early sketches for Greninja before the release of the sixth generation Pokémon games during the development of Super Smash Bros. 4. Of course, this obviously wouldn't happen with one of Square Enix's intellectual properties, so there was no possibility of Final Fantasy 7: Remake being referenced in the Sephiroth trailer.

At the end of the Famitsu Column, Sakurai declares that he is happy that he and the development team were able to get Sephiroth released before the end of the year. Considering complications surrounding the global COVID-19 pandemic, there were no guarantees that this would happen as Sakurai might have hoped.

In any event, this does seem to imply that the newest character was only recently made ready for release. This could mean that we're at least a few months away from the next fighter.

Source: Source Gaming.

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