An un­likely hero re­turns on Nin­tendo Switch with Travis Strikes Again: No More He­roes

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Ten years re­moved from the orig­i­nal re­lease of No More He­roes for Nin­tendo Wii, famed orig­i­nal di­rec­tor Goichi Suda (aka Suda51) has made his long-awaited re­turn to spear­head the se­ries’ lat­est it­er­a­tion. The game, set to re­lease in 2018 for Nin­tendo Switch, takes the form of a se­quel/spin-off, con­tin­u­ing the tale of sabre-swing­ing pro­tag­o­nist Travis Touch­down amid a retro-in­spired nar­ra­tive. Do­ing bat­tle with the re­venge-seek­ing as­sas­sin ‘Bad­man’, Travis sees him­self trans­ported into the phantom video game con­sole ‘Death Drive MK-II’ to nav­i­gate a se­ries of six games.

Pre­vi­ously, the No More He­roes se­ries has been known for its unique brand of hack ‘n’ slash com­bat com­bined with gore-filled vi­su­als, as well as fea­tur­ing an out­landish style of sto­ry­telling cen­tred around Travis’ goal of be­com­ing the top-ranked as­sas­sin in the world. By shak­ing up the nar­ra­tive for­mula, Travis Strikes Back dis­tin­guishes it­self as a stand­alone ti­tle, de­spite its plot con­tin­u­ing to in­ter­con­nect with pre­vi­ous en­tries in the se­ries.

As for how it’ll play, we’re still not com­pletely sure what to ex­pect. Re­cent footage hints at a po­ten­tial Hot­line Mi­ami cross­over, but Suda51 has since sug­gested any part­ner­ships with ex­ist­ing ti­tles will re­main purely cos­metic. Long-time fans of the se­ries needn’t worry, then – Travis Strikes Again has been de­scribed as a “rau­cous 3D ac­tion ti­tle” by de­vel­oper Grasshop­per Man­u­fac­ture, con­tin­u­ing to in­cor­po­rate “fe­ro­cious bosses” and plenty of katana-wield­ing may­hem.

“We’re ec­static to be ex­pand­ing the No More He­roes uni­verse in 2018, and we can’t wait to share more in­for­ma­tion with you in the com­ing months,” says Suda51. “We’ve re­ceived a tremen­dous amount of sup­port from our fans over the years, and we are de­lighted to fi­nally share Travis Touch­down’s next great ad­ven­ture with fans of Nin­tendo Switch.”

Un­doubt­edly, Nin­tendo’s new con­sole holds a great deal of po­ten­tial for the se­ries. No More He­roes’ first two out­ings were praised for their abil­ity to chan­nel Wii’s mo­tion con­trols in com­bat, while a PS3 port of the first ti­tle also in­cor­po­rated PlayS­ta­tion Move sup­port back in 2011. Travis Strikes Back is be­ing de­vel­oped with Un­real En­gine 4, but it re­mains to be seen how it will utilise Nin­tendo’s ver­sa­tile new sys­tem.

The suc­cess of the ti­tle will likely have ma­jor

“With Suda back in the No More He­roes di­rec­tor’s chair, the se­ries’ fu­ture looks bright”

im­pli­ca­tions for the fu­ture of the se­ries. Suda51 has re­peat­edly in­di­cated that he’d be in­ter­ested in de­vel­op­ing a hy­po­thet­i­cal ‘No More He­roes 3’ se­quel sooner or later, while his long-held de­sire to see Travis Touch­down in­serted into the Su­per Smash Bros se­ries seems a more promis­ing pos­si­bil­ity than ever.

In the in­terim though, fans of the se­ries have plenty to be ex­cited about. With Suda back in the No More He­roes di­rec­tor’s chair for the first time in a decade, the se­ries’ fu­ture looks bright, and Travis Touch­down’s ad­ven­tures have taken an in­trigu­ing turn. Travis Strikes Back’s re­lease could still be some way off, but we’re hope­ful it will be worth the wait.

Travis con­tin­ues to wield his beam katana, while the masked Bad­man fights with a sim­ple base­ball bat.

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