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Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes (トラヴィス ストライクス アゲイン: ノーモア★ヒーローズ) is a video game for the Nintendo Switch console. It is being developed by Grasshopper Manufacture and will be published by Marvelous Entertainment in 2018.

PlotEdit

Seven years have passed since the beginning of Travis Touchdown's dealings with the United Assassins Association. He has since isolated himself and lives in a trailer with his cat Jeane. One night, Touchdown is tracked down by Badman, father of the deceased assassin Bad Girl, who Touchdown killed on his first climb up the UAA rankings. Badman attacks Touchdown, but their fight is cut short when Touchdown's "phantom" Death Drive Mark II game console absorbs them.

DevelopmentEdit

Continuation of the No More Heroes seriesEdit

Suda spoke 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 but 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."[1]

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."[2] Speaking to Destructoid's Jonathan Holmes at the 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo, Suda mentioned he had played Wii U and was now evaluating how to proceed with a third No More Heroes game on that console.[3]

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.[4] 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."[5] The game's intended console was also no longer certain. While Suda reiterated that Nintendo consoles were "very important" to Grasshopper,[6] the studio by then worked heavily with Unreal Engine 4,[5] which was 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 expressed the return of Travis Touchdown to recover something he has forgotten.[7] Suda referred to the game explicitly as No More Heroes 3[4] in lieu of a real title during this time. Suda initially 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.[7] He also spoke positively about crowdfunding the title.[7]

Travis Strikes AgainEdit

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. Concept art of Touchdown wearing a "Travis strikes again." shirt was presented, however no game footage accompanied Suda's announcement.[5] Suda later appeared briefly at Devolver Digital's 2017 Electronic Entertainment Expo conference, where he ended his video appearance when he jokingly realized he didn't know what Devolver was.[8]

Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes was shown for the first time on August 30, 2017 during a live Switch Nindies Showcase.[9] It was also confirmed that Grasshopper is working with six indie developers to adapt their games into the plot of Travis Strikes Again, which finds Touchdown pulled into a game console where he must fight across six different real life indie games, one being Devolver Digital's Hotline Miami.[9] The short trailer confirmed several returning elements such as Touchdown's cat Jeane, his continued use of the Blood Berry beam katana and a plot kickstarted by a vengeful relative of one of Touchdown's slain enemies. Touchdown's left eye was also shown heavily scarred for the first time since his last appearance.

Initially, there was confusion surrounding Travis Strikes Again with early press releases implying that Touchdown would be able to enter the worlds of indie games as a part of the collaboration. Suda later clarified that the six "worlds" would be original environments based on different gaming genres, though indie titles would feature prominently in the game's "T-shirt collaboration".[10]

Indie titles currently confirmed for the T-shirt collaboration include Hotline Miami, Shovel Knight, Ruiner, and Serious Sam.[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Goichi Suda Interview. Ray Barnholt. 1UP.com. September 21, 2009.
  2. No More Heroes 3 'won't happen soon' - Report. Tor Thorsen. Gamespot. March 30, 2011.
  3. Suda speaks part 3: Wii U, No More Heroes 3, and more. Destructoid. Jonathan Holmes. June 13, 2011.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Suda51 And GungHo's CEO Talk About Lily Bergamo For PS4. Siliconera. Spencer. April 15, 2013.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Suda 51 and Grasshopper are using Unreal Engine 4 'heavily'. Joystiq. Sinan Kubba. June 19, 2013.
  6. Suda 51 Interview – Indie Games, Nintendo and How To Become A Game’s Writer. Expansive DLC. Tom Regan. November 15, 2013.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Suda 51 Hopes To Release No More Heroes 3 By 2040. My Nintendo News. lmcontaldi. July 2, 2015.
  8. Travis Touchdown Is Back With A New No More Heroes On Nintendo Switch. ComicBook. Nathan Birch. June 12, 2017.
  9. 9.0 9.1 No More Heroes: Travis Strikes Again Officially Revealed for Nintendo Switch. IGN. Jonathon Dornbush. August 30, 2017.
  10. Suda51 clears up confusion concerning Travis Strikes Again's indie collab and gameplay style, talks boss battles. rawmeatcowboy. GoNintendo. September 5, 2017.
  11. 【ファミ通】『ノーモア★ヒーローズ』始動! 須田剛一氏が新情報を語る!!. ファミ通TUBE. YouTube. September 8, 2017.
Grasshopper Manufacture games
International Shining Soul · Shining Soul II · killer7 · Michigan: Report from Hell · Samurai Champloo: Sidetracked · Contact · No More Heroes · Flower, Sun, and Rain: Murder and Mystery in Paradise · No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle · Frog Minutes · Shadows of the DAMNED · Sine Mora · Diabolical Pitch · Lollipop Chainsaw · Liberation Maiden · Black Knight Sword · Killer Is Dead · Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day · The Silver Case · Let It Die
Japan-exclusive Shirubaa Jiken · Flower, Sun, and Rain · Shirubaa Jiken 25 Ku · Blood+: One Night Kiss · Zero: Tsukihami no Kamen · Evangerion Shin Gekijōban -Saundo Inpakuto- · No More Heroes: World Ranker · Dark Menace
Upcoming The 25th Ward: The Silver Case · Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes
Other Suda material Super Fire Prowrestling III: Final Bout · Super Fire Prowrestling Special · Towairaito Shindoromu: Tansakuhen · Towairaito Shindoromu: Kyuumeihen · Moonlight Syndrome · Sdatcher · Liberation Maiden SIN · Tsukikage no Tokio · Kurayami Dance · Suda Fables

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