During a 2018 Gamescom interview with Kotaku UK, Starlink Creative Director Laurent Malville explained more about how the original idea for the Star Fox series in the upcoming release came to fruition. It all began during E3 2017 in a tiny room behind closed doors when multiple people from Nintendo, including Reggie, came to visit:
We were like “Wow, incredible!”…to present to Nintendo. So I did the demo and at the end of the presentation, I remember one of the representatives asking us “Are you OK if I come back with more people?” and we were like “Yes, please! We’re here to show the game to as many people as we can!” – and so they came back two times, three times, four times, and they came back with incredible people – so we had the director of Mario Odyssey was there and we had the director of ARMS and Mario Kart and more like… “OK..” two times, three times… up to five times, and the fifth time that they came it was with Reggie Fills-Aime and so on. So I’ll let you imagine… we’re like 'OK… what’s happening?
Several weeks on, the Starlink team were invited to Nintendo's headquarters in Kyoto to present the game in front of Shigeru Miyamoto and the Star Fox Team - with Malville confirming it was actually Nintendo's idea to collaborate:
As far as I know yes – maybe HQ had talked together with Nintendo, I don’t know about that part, but as far as we know yes. It’s after them seeing the game at E3 and then them inviting us to Kyoto that it started for us.
Asked how he felt about the partnership, Malville described the experience as surreal:
It feels surreal... It feels like… just having Fox and the Arwing in the game, and you haven’t played it yet but there’s a bit more… you have to see but Fox is a bit more than just a guest in the game, he’s integrated into the events and you can play the whole game with Fox, and the Arwing.
And because all of the characters have different personalities, you’ll see the events of what’s happening inStarlink through the lens of Fox McCloud, so yeah – is it odd? It’s a mix of super excitement and also being 'Is it happening?' – sometimes I think it’s not happening and sometimes I wake up and I’m like “We’re doing this?” Yeah – it’s cool. Wow!
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