Last month during the Nintendo Direct E3 presentation, Grasshopper Manufacture made an appearance announcing that Travis Touchdown will be returning once again for No More Heroes III. On top of the game’s slated release window for 2020, not much other detail surrounding the anticipated third installment has be shared following the announcement trailer.
Studio founder Goichi ‘Suda51’ Suda shortly after the trailer’s debut in mid-June spoke with gaming news outlet Polygon sharing some elements that the Japanese developer plans to focus on for the upcoming game. Suda seeing how influential the audience have become to bringing the follow-up title into existence, he shares that feedback will play a major role in the development of the game.
Polygon elaborates on the subject explaining how popular the series have become within the Western market and the accessibility of interpreters for Suda as well as social media, getting the message across for English-speaking fans will be more apparent for the forthcoming title. Though the fans will be given a voice, Suda makes it clear that Grasshopper Manufacture is still developing the game.
Here’s Suda51’s statement on the matter as interpreted during the interview:
“It’s not that he’s going to be making this game based on just what the fans want. He’s obviously got his own vision of what the game is going to be like, what he wants it to be like, and when he says he wants to make the game for the fans, he doesn’t just want to make the game that they are expecting,” Suda tells Polygon. “He wants to go above and beyond that and [get to work] putting in the shit that they want to see — give them all this extra shit that they probably don’t even know what they wanted or they wouldn’t even be expecting.”
Suda continues on by sharing that to support his statement, he wants it to be clear that those interested in No More Heroes III who haven’t played the preceding titles can play the third title right off the bat if wanting to. Knowing the popularity in light saber battles is with the Western audience, he is pretty confident the title will pick up new fans leading up to the game’s launch. Still on the topic of previous games, Suda also shares that motion controls are on the list to be returning for the third installment.
Sharing his enthusiasm for the option to use the joy cons when playing is the most authentic way to play the game as titles that came before. “Not only are there going to be motion controls in the game, but he feels that using the motion controls — detaching the two controllers from the Switch — and using those kind of like those old school Wii controllers, he feels that’s going to be the purest or true way to play the game.”
No More Heroes III is listed for Nintendo Switch and set to release sometime in 2020.