Suda saw it coming.
No More Heroes 3 is the latest game to experience a delay in Covid-19 as its release has now been postponed to 2021.
As announced on Twitter by No More Heroes director Goichi “Suda51” Suda, the Grasshopper Manufacture team had hoped to bring the game out in 2020, but the global pandemic disrupted development.
“… The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic have unfortunately proved to be a severe blow to our schedule, causing unforeseen delays in development,”
The team now hopes to release No More Heroes 3 on Nintendo Switch sometime in 2021. Suda noted, however, that this wasn’t bad news as American comic illustrator Darick W. Robertson (best known for his work on The Boys) will join the project to provide some original illustration. More of these will be posted on social media shortly. At least there is something that can entertain No More Heroes fans.
Presentation of “Demzamtiger & His Master” – a piece specially commissioned for NMH3 by Darick Robertson. pic.twitter.com/hk3FvsGJh7
– SUDA51 / ???? (@ suda_51) September 10, 2020
No More Heroes 3 is, of course, the next chapter in the No More Heroes franchise: a series of quirky hack-and-slash titles that have historically impressed critics. The most recently released game in the series, Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes, was released on Switch in 2019 – however, this was not a direct sequel to the events of No More Heroes 2 and instead was discontinued seven years after the first No More Heroes game. Although the upcoming title wasn’t officially announced until June 2019, Suda was already discussing his intentions to develop No More Heroes 3 back in 2011. I think we’ll have to wait a little longer to see the final product.