Star Fox Zero won’t be soaring into the wild blue yonder as early as fans would like. The Wii U exclusive has been delayed to “Q1 2016” from its original Nov. 20th, 2015 release.
Developer Shigeru Miyamoto provided the following statement concerning the delay, explaining what he believed to be a decision that was made in the game’s best interests.
You can read all of Miyamoto’s message below:
“I made a big decision last week.
We have been developing Star Fox Zero for Wii U with the aim of releasing it this year. Although we felt that the development had been progressing well, we now believe that we will need a little more time to work on areas such as the unprecedented discovery that we want players to experience in the game by using two screens, and further polishing the level designs and perfecting the tone of the cut scenes. While we have already reached the stage where it would be technically possible to release the title in time for the year-end holiday season, we want to polish the game a bit more so that players will be able to more smoothly grasp the new style of play that we are proposing.
To the people looking forward to the launch of the game this holiday season, I am very sorry.
Star Fox Zero is going to bring new game play and experiences that take it far beyond the framework established by Star Fox 64. All the members of the development team are doing our best so that the final product will not betray your expectations. And the game will not be delayed for a very long time – we’re aiming to launch the game in Q1 2016. Please stay tuned for further announcements.”
The delay accompanies the stalled release of 2016’s yet untitled The Legend of Zelda Wii U entry, which releases some time in the next calendar year.
We had a chance to try our hand at Star Fox Zero at this past E3 and we enjoyed it quite a bit. Evidently, Nintendo would agree that it needs a bit more work still.
What few titles remain slated for a Wii U release this holiday season are as follows:
• Skylanders Superchargers – Sep. 20th
• Lego Dimensions – Sep. 27th
• Yoshi’s Woolly World – Oct. 16th
• Guitar Hero Live – Oct. 20th
• Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water – Oct. 22nd (North America, eShop), Oct. 30th (Europe), Oct. 31st (Australia)
• Rodea: The Sky Soldier – Nov. 2015
• Xenoblade Chronicles X – Dec. 4th, 2015 (North America, Europe, Australia)
• Devil’s Third – Dec. 11th (North America)
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