Turns out the Starlink dev team really, really wanted to get StarFox representation in their game. We know that Nintendo and Ubisoft partnered up on the idea, but the real interesting tidbit is that Ubisoft started working on the collab before it got official approval! Starlink Producer Matthew Rose shared the details via an Okay Cool interview.
“So we always thought “maybe, maybe they’ll be interested. Maybe this is something we can do” and so we started right away, because we were like “we’re so excited by even them having this conversation with us, even though they hadn’t confirmed anything.” And so we started working. We started drawing concepts, we made a 3D-printed Arwing that had their proper connectors and toys in it so that you could take it apart and everything.”