No More Heroes 3 was one of those games that many people, myself included, were looking forward to be playing by the end of the year. As much as I wish I could say that I was surprised about this, I can’t say that I am, but director Suda51 announced in a very long Twitter post that due to the situations that arose from COVID-19, they had no choice but to delay No More Heroes 3 back to a 2021 release. SUDA51 had the following to say about the matter:
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 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 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. 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.
SUDA51 [No More Heroes 3 Director]
So there you have it, yet another victim of COVID-19, and it couldn’t have been more of a heavier blow. No More Heroes 3 was on track to be one of the most anticipated games of the year, but that is no longer going to be a reality.
Aside from the 2021 release date, Grasshopper Manufacture has yet to give any further information as to when we can expect to see the game in 2021. Here’s hoping that it will be in the earlier half of the year rather than a major delay into Fall or even worse, holiday season 2021.