Nintendo and Bandai Namco seem to have a very close relationship nowadays. The latter has been involved with a number of the Big N’s games, specifically Pokkén Tournament and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U & 3DS. Now, it seems that Bandai Namco may once again be involved with Smash.
Recently, Tiago Sonobe, a former developer at Bandai Namco, tweeted that the new Super Smash Bros. for the Switch would be using an engine that he developed. In addition to this, however, he stated that he left the company before production of the game began.
The plot thickens though, when you consider that based on his LinkedIn profile, Sonobe is now an engineer at Nintendo. Also both the tweet and Sonobe’s Twitter account have now been deleted. Fortunately for us, some people — such as Twitter user IceDoesn’tHelp — were able to capture a screenshot of the tweet.
Tweet was deleted
Accidental leak? pic.twitter.com/waffON4W4B
— IceDoesntHelp (@IceDoesntHelp) May 10, 2018
Neither Nintendo nor Bandai Namco have officially commented on this as of this time. That said, the latter working on the new Super Smash Bros. game for the Switch wouldn’t be unprecedented, considering that they did the same for the game’s previous iteration.