Suda has spoken of a third No More Heroes title many times throughout the years. In anticipation of Desperate Struggle, one critic questioned Suda on the possibility of a sequel developed for Nintendo DS. Suda assured no such game was in development, though he expressed interest in a WiiWare installment. While promoting Desperate Struggle, Suda also confessed that, "Wii is a great platform, but we've done everything we can with it now." This statement triggered confusion among fans, unsure whether Suda intended to keep the series exclusive to Nintendo but preferred to wait until its next platform released, or if he was expressing openness to developing for Xbox or PlayStation consoles next. Speaking to 1UP during the website's five-day Desperate Struggle cover story, Suda confirmed his statement was likely misinterpreted, clarifying that, "What I wanted to say was, looking at the Wii, I think No More Heroes 2 will probably be the last iteration for this current platform. But there's probably going to be a "Wii 2" or other next-gen system from Nintendo at some point, so I was saying that I would want to do another game in the series on the next Nintendo platform."
At a charity event for the March 2011 Tōhoku earthquake, Suda reconfirmed his interest in producing a second No More Heroes sequel, though he added, "it won't happen soon." Speaking to Destructoid's Jonathan Holmes at the 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo, Suda mentioned he had played a Wii U and was now evaluating how to proceed with a third No More Heroes game on that console.
In 2013, the unannounced Lily Bergamo briefly caused a stir when No More Heroes character Shinobu was mistakenly identified in a piece of concept art. The rumor was swiftly debunked, and at the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo, Suda sounded less confident about a third game, while assuring, "Travis is one of the characters I'm really fond of, that means a lot to me. So if there was the opportunity to create another sequel then yeah, I'm always up to the idea." The game's intended console was also no longer certain. While Suda has reiterated that Nintendo consoles are "very important" to Grasshopper, the studio now works heavily with Unreal Engine 4, which is not supported by Wii U.
The premise of a third game has varied over time, with Suda suggesting in 2010 that the game would star a new hero, while in more recent years expressing the return of Travis Touchdown to recover something he has forgotten. Suda refers to the game explicitly as No More Heroes 3, however this could be for simplicity in lieu of any real title for the undeveloped project. Suda once gave a release window between 2030 and 2040, attributing the distant date to his desire to work on new properties before returning to an established one. He has also spoken positively about crowdfunding the title.
The third No More Heroes game took one step closer to reality on January 12, 2017, when Suda appeared at a Nintendo Switch event to announce the return of Travis Touchdown on the platform. The game has not been given a proper title or release window and no footage accompanied Suda's announcement, however Suda's words have made it clear that the game is currently in development.
- ↑ Goichi Suda Interview. Ray Barnholt. 1UP.com. September 21, 2009.
- ↑ No More Heroes 3 'won't happen soon' - Report. Tor Thorsen. Gamespot. March 30, 2011.
- ↑ Suda speaks part 3: Wii U, No More Heroes 3, and more. Destructoid. Jonathan Holmes. June 13, 2011.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Suda51 And GungHo's CEO Talk About Lily Bergamo For PS4. Siliconera. Spencer. April 15, 2013.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Suda 51 and Grasshopper are using Unreal Engine 4 'heavily'. Joystiq. Sinan Kubba. June 19, 2013.
- ↑ Suda 51 Interview – Indie Games, Nintendo and How To Become A Game’s Writer. Expansive DLC. Tom Regan. November 15, 2013.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 Suda 51 Hopes To Release No More Heroes 3 By 2040. My Nintendo News. lmcontaldi. July 2, 2015.