In an announcement today on Facebook, Nintendo revealed that Star Fox Zero, which was to be their killer app for the Wii U this holiday season, has been delayed until early 20016. It appears that the decision was made by Mr. Miyamoto, who made the difficult choice 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 this news is incredibly disappointing and leaves a void in Nintendo’s holiday lineup, if the game ends up more polished and better for it, it may end up being the right decision. The game could have been released this holiday season, but as a perfectionist, Miyamoto wants the best experience possible for the gamer. Only time will tell if this is the right decision for Nintendo.
Star Fox Zero utilizes the Wii U GamePad in a unique way that no other title has on the Wii U as of this point. This is one of the focal points of the gameplay, which could lead to additional tweaks and whatnot that Miyamoto would like to make to ensure that the product lives up to its fullest potential.
Star Fox Zero is now slated to be released in the first quarter of 2016.