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Smash Bros. director heads up new studio

Nintendo-backed Project Sora at work on "special project" with $2.1 million in financing

Nintendo announced today the formation of new studio run by Smash Bros. Brawl director Masahiro Sakurai, entitled Project Sora.

The Tokyo-based studio was officially formed on January 22 and has capital of JPY 200 million (USD 2.1 million), of which Nintendo provided 72 per cent, to employ a staff of 30 to work on a new title, according to Andriasang.

"The thoughts of game designer Masahiro Sakurai and Nintendo have become one, and a new project has started," reads the new studio's site. "In order to expand what can be offered to the world through games, we will have Nintendo's full cooperation and make something that Nintendo could not do on its own."

The upcoming title was described by Nintendo president and CEO Satoru Iwata as "a new experiment, both for Mr. Sakurai and for Nintendo".

Sakurai added: "We've started a special project. We're not sure how it will sell or if it will be accepted. Our goal is not just to make a single game. We can promise that you'll be able to experience something different."

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