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For many months now, the two big releases for 2020 on the Switch eShop have been No More Heroes 3 and Bravely Default 2. Whilst we still haven’t had an update on the latter, Grasshopper Manufacture and Suda51 have come out to say that due to being hit hard by the effects of COVID-19, they are delaying the game to next year in order to focus on quality.

Here’s the statement:

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 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.

Despite this delay, it’s good that we can now take comfort know that we will soon be able to play some big hitters this holiday, such as Super Mario 3D All-Stars and Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity.

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Posted by Alex Harding

Lover of chocolate and admirer of video games, Alex is the chief writer/editor of Switchaboo.