No More Heroes 3 Delayed Into 2021
The third game in the No More Heroes series will not release in 2020.
No More Heroes III, one of the big Nintendo Switch exclusives on the horizon, has been delayed into next year. Director Goichi Suda (Suda51) has announced on Twitter that, while he knows many people are anticipating the game, the challenges of 2020 have caused a delay.
In his statement, Suda51 points towards COVID-19 as the cause of the delay and apologizes to fans. "To everyone who has been waiting for further news and release date confirmation ever since the reveal of the trailer for No More Heroes 3 at TGA at the end of 2019, I would like to offer my sincerest apologies," he says in the post, which you can see below.
"All staff members at Grasshopper have been working as hard as possible on developing the game in hopes of releasing it in 2020, but the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have unfortunately proven to be a real body blow to our schedule, causing unforeseen delays in development," he explains. "Now that we have managed to get back on our feet with development, we have decided to focus on prioritizing quality, and to therefore push back the final release date."
The game is now aiming for a 2021 release, and Suda51 assures fans that Grasshopper Manufacture will continue to work hard on the game.
I have a very important announcement to share today. pic.twitter.com/i4qTdNpYeD— SUDA51/須田剛一 (@suda_51) September 10, 2020
The director also announced that Darick Robertson, a comic artist who co-created The Boys, is now involved in the game's production. Robertson is creating illustrations for No More Heroes III, some of which will be shared ahead of the game's release.
Since the game's announcement, we've seen only snippets of gameplay footage from the third No More Heroes. However, if a rating in Taiwan is any indication, the first game in the series might be coming to Nintendo's console.