Sora, one of the main protagonists from Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts series, will be the final addition to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Vol. 2.
The reveal has finally gone live today, Tuesday, Oct. 5, after plenty of teasing from the developers. The trailer starts off showcasing the rest of the fighters as trophies, watching the fiery symbol of the fighting game flicker and slowly burn out to leave a single ember lying on the ground before the collection. Mario is the first to wake, eyes snapping open in the glow of the flame before stepping off the trophy pedestal and approaching it. He snatches it up after a brief moment of hesitation and throws it sky-high to reveal the iconic keyblade weapon from Kingdom Hearts.
By then, most players already know who it is.
Sora is the Final Fighter Revealed in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
The keyblade opens a keyhole through which Sora floats in and then flies through the scene as the rest of the trophies come to life—an overture of the Kingdom Hearts theme playing all the while.
"I was shocked too!" said SSBU game director, Masahiro Sakurai, "As the last fighter, I think he's perfect."
Unsurprisingly, Sora's primary attack will be with his keyblade—which, of course, shouldn't come as a shock to anyone who's ever seen the young protagonist or any of his games. His basic attacks can take the form of a three-hit combo, as well as an assortment of aerial-based strikes.
Fans may recognize a few attacks from the Kingdom Hearts combat mechanics, including the Firaga, Thundaga, and Blizzaga spells—which cycle in that order and can be seen above his damage meter. Sora also has a mid-flight "Sonic Blade" charge that launches him blade-first through the air.
By far, one of the most impactful aspects of this character is his weight. Sora is extremely light—lighter than even Isabelle or Young Link—and therefore has the capability to take to the sky more than other fighters. This can be seen as a good or bad thing, as his mid-air jump allows him to escape high away from danger while also putting him at further risk of being launched off the platform. He does have a far recovery distance, however.
His alternative costumes include his first appearance in Kingdom Hearts, his outfit in Kingdom Hearts II, a gray-tinted outfit in Kingdom Hearts III, and a red-accented outfit from Kingdom Hearts 3D. Beyond this, players can expect color variants on those outfits, such as the "Valor Form" from KH2. The Steamboat Willie-inspired "Timeless River" design will also be making an appearance.
According to Sakurai, despite most of the DLC fighters being widely unique, Sora's controls are decently straightforward and, therefore, shouldn't be too difficult to master. He also has the most elaborate colors.
Players can start fighting as Sora on Oct. 18.