After years of speculation and teasing by developers, Cinema Blend reports that Nintendo has just announced via their YouTube channel that a sequel is in the works for cult hit video game No More Heroes.
The new game, titled Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes, will be released exclusively for the Nintendo Switch console sometime in 2018. The game’s director, Goichi Suda (better known by his nickname Suda51), teased a reveal for the game earlier in the year during the console’s reveal event, though this is the first official confirmation that game is in development and set for release.
According to the trailer, development will be handled by Grasshopper Manufacturer on the Unreal Engine 4 development suite, a bold choice for such a heavily stylized game released exclusively on a Nintendo console. Additionally, Marvelous Entertainment and Shurigumi Animation Studio are also collaborating with the project, with DJ Fujutake composing the soundtrack.
The original No More Heroes was released for the Nintendo Wii console in 2007, growing a large fan following due to its unique visual style, good integration of the Wii controls, kinetic gameplay, and impressive soundtrack, as well as its startling thematic and genre-related differences from the bulk of Nintendo’s other properties. A sequel, called No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle, was released in 2010.
While little has been revealed so far, the trailer has a few key pieces of information that have caused fans to begin speculating as to what might appear in the new game. The inclusion of Dennaton Games’ Hotline Miami is one of the most intriguing part, with some believing it may foreshadow some sort of crossover between the two studios in this or future projects. Even so, the No More Heroes games are no stranger to video game and pop culture references, meaning it’s just as likely it was meant only as a joke and nothing more.
No official release date has been set for the game besides a confirmation that it is meant for some time in 2018.