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Eight years before the events of the first game, a young boy named Damon encounters a small injured alien named Fu. Damon decides to take care of Fu while hiding it from government agents who are also searching for Fu. While searching for a way to return Fu to its planet, Damon and Fu become best friends, forming a strong connection. After they finish building a rocket, Damon and Fu say goodbye to each other, with Fu promising to return in 20 years. Fu finally goes home just as government agents attempt to capture him. Twenty years later, and two years after the events of Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes, an adult Damon, who is now the CEO of Nova Enterprises, awaits a happy reunion with Fu. Fu returns in a large spaceship, introducing his cronies, and revealing to Damon that he intends on taking over the world, much to Damon's horror. Damon pleads with Fu to stop, but it is too late. The invasion has already begun. Damon has no choice but to contact Travis Touchdown, a former famous assassin in the UAA. So Travis returns to Santa Destroy from his self-imposed exile. Learning of the situation, Travis must take on a new breed of intergalactic assassins while reuniting with old friends and reconciling Damon and Fu's friendship Prior to development, Grasshopper Manufacture developed and released Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes, which was Goichi Suda's first title in a directorial role since the original No More Heroes game. While the title was made in part as a tribute to indie games, Suda had expressed long-term intentions for the title to be a stepping stone on the path to a proper numbered entry. The ending of Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes even included a playable portion where Travis was controlled in third-person, similarly to previous titles, with a comment from Travis suggesting that development on a mainline sequel had properly commenced. Suda explained in an interview following the release of the game that the playable segment was a prototype they used in development, and that the intention behind its inclusion was to evoke a similar feeling that viewers get from the post-credits teasers in Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. The game was announced at E3 2019 as part of the Nintendo Direct showcase, featuring a reveal trailer of Travis battling alien invaders. Suda had previously explained that the foes which Travis will go up against will be "Avengers-scale" threats, using the recurring supervillain Thanos as a point of comparison. He also made note that Travis' "Death Glove" from Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes would make a return, in a bid to make Travis' skill set more distinct as a video game protagonist, and that the skills he accumulated throughout the game would come into play. Travis is once again voiced by Robin Atkin Downes, while Paula Tiso reprises her role as his wife, Sylvia Christel, who has abandoned the assassin world and is now an internet celebrity and influencer. No More Heroes III is being developed by a core team consisting of the same talent that worked on Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes, alongside external talent, and former Grasshopper Manufacture staff, rounding out the development team at roughly 100 people. Unreal Engine 4 is once again being used as the development engine. Suda51 will be assuming the role as director, writer and designer, with Ren Yamazaki and Nobutaka Ichiki - co-director of Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes and lead director of No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle respectively - returning to the franchise as co-directors. The soundtrack of the game is being composed by Nobuaki Kaneko, drummer of Japanese alternative metal band Rize. While confirming that the game will be able to be played on a regular controller, Suda has stated the game is being heavily designed around the Joy-Con's capabilities, both in and out of combat. He also confirmed that the open world, which was absent from No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle, is likely to make a return, along with new side activities. Debut trailer: Story trailer: Launches sometime in 2020.