COVID Complications Push No More Heroes 3 Into 2021

Yeah, that sounds about right.

Grasshopper Manufacture has announced No More Heroes 3 has been delayed into 2021 for reasons that you can probably expect if you’ve looked at the news over the past six months.

CEO Goichi Suda broke the news on the studio’s social channels, where he explained that Travis Touchdown’s latest wouldn’t be making its way to the Nintendo Switch this year as planned because of new challenges that have arisen following the company’s shift to work from home during the coronavirus pandemic. Admittedly, this probably isn’t a huge surprise to some, as there’s not really been much in the way of major updates on the game since its reveal at last year’s Game Awards.

While the delay was the biggest part of the announcement, Suda also announced that Darik Robertson, an illustrator known for his work on The Boys and other projects with DC and Marvel, will be working on art for No More Heroes 3, with plans to release some of his work fairly soon.

The full statement reads as follows:

“This is Goichi Suda from Grasshopper Manufacture, with an announcement regarding the postponement of the release of No More Heroes 3.

Reading through the comments of fans on social media, we know 2020 has been a very tough period for many of you. 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.

All staff members at Grasshopper have been working as hard as possible on developing the game in hopes of releasing 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. 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.

Very sorry once again. We hope that everyone who has been waiting patiently for No More Heroes 3 can understand and accept this decision, and we will continue to put every effort into the title’s development as we shoot for a 2021 release date.

In other and hopefully better news, we are extremely pleased to announce that Darick Robertson – of The Boys fame, and of whom I am personally a huge fan – will be joining the project to provide illustrations for the game. We will be posting some original illustrations, so please be sure to check them out. Please stay tuned for key art from Darick himself, as well as further announcements and news regarding No More Heroes 3.”

In other news:

While No More Heroes 3 will be the first mainline game in the action franchise in over a decade, the series has already appeared on the Switch with Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes, an arcade-y spin-off that launched on the system in January of last year. This was followed by a port to PlayStation 4 and PC in October.