Today, Grasshopper Manufacture, developer and publisher of the upcoming hack-and-slash action game No More Heroes 3, announced that the title has been delayed until sometime in 2021. The long-awaited sequel was slated to be released exclusively for Switch in 2020 but has been pushed back due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The news comes through a post from Goichi Suda, the director of the title, also known as Suda51.
The tweeted post reads:
This is Goichi Suda from Grasshopper Manufacture with an announcement regarding the postponement of the No More Heroes 3 release.
If we read fans’ comments on social media, we know that 2020 has been a very difficult time for many of you. I would like to sincerely apologize to everyone who has waited for more news and confirmation of the release date since the trailer for No More Heroes 3 was released at TGA in late 2019.
Everyone at Grasshopper has worked as hard as possible to develop the game, hoping to release it in 2020. Unfortunately, however, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be a severe blow to our schedule, causing unforeseen delays in development. After we got back on our feet with development, we decided to focus on prioritizing quality and therefore postponing the final release date.
I’m very sorry again. We hope that anyone who has been patiently waiting for No More Heroes 3 can understand and accept this decision, and we will continue to put all our efforts into developing the title as we turn for a 2021 release date.
In other and hopefully better news, we are extremely excited to announce that Darick Roberston – of The Boys fame and who I’m a huge fan of personally – will be joining the project to provide illustrations for the game. We will publish some original images. So be sure to check out these. Please be excited to hear about Darick’s key art as well as other No More Heroes 3 announcements.
SUDA51 [No More Heroes 3 Director]
No More Heroes 3 will be released exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.
You can check out the latest full-length trailer for the game shown below during The Game Awards in late 2019: