Posted Fri Sep 18, 2015 at 09:24 AM PDT by Brian Hoss
Needs a little more time to polish.
In a move that was surprising at the time, 'Star Fox Zero' had been planned as a 2015 holiday release. Thus, in a less surprising move, Miyamoto has announced that 'Star Fox Zero' is now slated for the first quarter of 2016. Described as a "big decision," the reasoning behind the move is one of quality control and polish. Miyamoto describes the game as ready to ship, but in need of more polish in order to more smoothly convey the new playstyle.
The game is meant to take 'Star Fox' beyond the heights achieved on the Nintendo 64 (and only aped at since).
Here is the full message from Miyamoto:
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.
While 'Star Fox Zero' won't make a 2015 release, there can be little doubt that fans of the franchise are willing to wait that little bit longer. Other big Nintendo Wii U releases still slated for 2015 include 'Yoshi's Woolly World' and 'Xenoblade Chronicles X.'
You can find the latest info on 'Star Fox Zero' linked from our Video Game Release Schedule.
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