Nintendo's upcoming video game, Starlink: Battle for Atlas, will soon add a familiar, furry face to its roster of characters.
Announced during Ubisoft's presentation at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the vehicle-based action-adventure game will feature Star Fox's Fox McCloud and his signature Arwing as a playable character and vehicle.
"We were invited to go to Nintendo HQ in Japan to present the game to Mr. Shigeru Miyamoto and the entire original Star Fox team," Starlink Creative Director Laurent Malville revealed regarding the inclusion of the iconic Nintendo property in the upcoming Ubisoft title. "Not only did we present the game, we pitched what we thought we could do with a Star Fox integration in Starlink. We told them that Fox could be fully integrated into the game and have his own special abilities and his own skill tree, like any of the other pilots."
Starlink: Battle for Atlas features third-person vehicle combat as players navigate the Atlas system to build alliances with the resident alien species in their fight against the Forgotten Legion. Players can customize vehicles with different wings and weapons while pilots have their own special abilities as they navigate the distinct, varied worlds of Atlas.
Similar to Nintendo's Amiibo, Starlink uses a toys-to-life system giving players the option to use physical models of components to build their own custom vehicles. This customizable system includes a model of Star Fox's Arwing and its accompanying components.
"We had 3D printed the Arwing that we gave to Mr. Miyamoto, and when we gave it to him he immediately started playing with it, removing a wing and placing the wing of another ship on it," Malville added. "They thought it was a good fit, and once we received the greenlight, we started integrating Fox McCloud into Starlink: Battle for Atlas."
Starlink: Battle for Atlas is scheduled to be released on October 16 for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.