Suda51 has confirmed that the next No More Heroes game, announced during the Nintendo Switch reveal event last month, is not expected to launch this year.
In a recent interview with 4Gamer, the game’s director mentioned that although 2017 marks the ten-year anniversary of the original No More Heroes on the Wii, the new title simply will not be ready in time to coincide with this event. Indeed, the game is in the earliest stages of active development, with Suda saying that the overall vision has been decided upon, but the scenario writing is yet to take place.
Though not officially confirmed as a sequel, or even firmly identified as No More Heroes 3 (as the game has only been announced to feature series protagonist, Travis Touchdown), this new project will be an entirely new game, the first to be directly overseen by Suda since 2008’s Fatal Frame IV.
Furthermore, Grasshopper Manufacture is hoping to have external parties collaborate on the title. The debut piece of art, embedded above, was drawn by the returning Yusuke Kozaki, but Suda also said that “this time around I’m thinking about having all kinds of other people participate [in development] as well.” A part of that goal would be to involve independent development teams, but the director would not be drawn on more specific details.
Like previous games in the series, the currently untitled No More Heroes follow-up will be inspired by professional wrestling.
The game is currently expected to launch exclusively for the Nintendo Switch, with no development timeline or release date set.