To those eagerly awaiting the Wii U debut of the Star Fox team, we have some unfortunate news. It’s been revealed in a Facebook statement from Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto that the next game in the series, Star Fox Zero, has done a barrel-roll into next year.
The statement from Miyamoto explains that the delay is to give the game additional polish. He says that the initial release window (this holiday season) could be possible, but his team want to improve the game and spruce up the dual-screen mechanics that Zero is implementing. The statement in its entirety is as follows:
“A Message from Mr. Miyamoto Regarding Star Fox Zero
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.”
So it looks like Star Fox Zero is progressing nicely, but just needs a bit more time in Nintendo’s oven. The delay also pushes the title out of the super-saturated holiday period – but with it now coming out in Q1 2016 it’ll be competing for attention with the likes of Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst and Dark Souls 3.