In a another video interview this morning, Mr. Miyamoto revealed a new play mode when asked about fan reactions to the upcoming Star Fox Zero. To his surprise, the amount of fan requests for certain characters to return was simply overwhelming, with the vast majority of fans demanding Krystal's return in some form, as well as a playable Wolf character.
"To be honest, I am just a little bit disappointed," Mr. Miyamoto said, laughing, "I have spent over a year polishing every aspect of this game, along with dozens of other team members. However, many players focus almost exclusively on the character roster. I think it is something we also see with Super Smash Brothers and the excitement of predicting who will be the next revealed fighter. Because of that, I think we are partly to blame for how much our players focus on our characters." Mr. Miyamoto went on to explain that he can somewhat empathize with players' interest in specific characters. He lamented that one of his favorites, Slippy Toad, is almost always looked down upon by players.
To address these demands, Mr. Miyamoto explained a plan he hopes will satisfy fans for now: "I think most of all they want to play as Krystal and Wolf. They want them very strongly. We were unable to add unique story paths for these characters, or any others, due to scheduling and development resources. Instead, we have added a special mode to Star Fox Zero." In this mode, players will be able to choose their favorite Star Fox character from any game in the series. During the various missions, every character and NPC in the game will be replaced with the character the player picked.
Mr. Miyamoto also volunteered a bit of information about how the voice acting of the 'favorites' mode will work. Only Falco, Slippy, Peppy, Wolf, and Krystal will be fully voiced with all the dialog. Any other character the player picks will simply use the existing recorded dialog for the character they are replacing. Fox McCloud, who was already the main character, will not have his alternate dialog when chosen in the favorite mode. The sheer amount of dialog required to allow every character to voice every other character was too great to accomplish in a reasonable timeframe or budget. However, visually, every character will be fully modeled in 3D, ready to step into any and all roles in the game.
Watch Full Interview - Favorites Mode discussion starts at 04:01
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