Suda51 doesn't seem to be quite sure of what he wants No More Heroes 3 to be. He knows the story he wants to tell. He's currently in the middle of writing the scenario for it, with the general plot of the game mapped out and the smaller story elements starting to fill in. The invasion seen in the debut trailer, beings coming from space or something else along those lines, will be a major theme in the game. For Suda, writing No More Heroes 3 is the easy part.
"Fans see a lot of themselves in Travis just as I do," Suda says to me through his translator. "Instead of being some big, oversized hero, he is just this dude you'd see around the block, someone who'd live in your neighborhood. Travis is the type of character people can relate to, and because of that, he's easier to write for and easier to think of ideas for and is just a whole lot of fun."
In a big, empty conference room at the J.W. Marriott in Los Angeles, I sit down with Suda to find out everything I can in less than 30 minutes. It's the first day of E3 and he's just dropped a bomb on fans, announcing No More Heroes 3 will be coming in 2020. He knows expectations are high. While never a best-selling franchise, the No More Heroes series has its share of dedicated fans, who've supported it through two mainline entries and one side-story that sold well enough to warrant this third numbered game. With that kind of support, Suda is taking a different approach to the development of this game. Instead of just making it and seeing how fans react, he wants the No More Heroes nation to tell him what it is they want to see in this game.