"Travis has been through a lot over the last seven years," says Goichi 'Suda51' Suda. "As you probably know from the previous games he kind of fought his way through this world of assassins and everything. And basically, he's kind of exhausted. So now, over the past seven years he's been living in a trailer, also as you probably know he's a gamer so he's basically been resting playing all these games in his trailer and the new game picks up seven years after the events of the last game and the story will kind of unfold from there."
The conversation also touched on Travis' signature beam katana, Joy-Con controls, and the rather unusual setting of the game, a video game console, the Death Drive Mark II, a banned console that sucks in both Travis and Badman (father of Bad Girl).
"The kind of mythology behind is that back in the day it was designed and developed, but never actually distributed because it was found to be too dangerous. And the reason why it's dangerous is, again as you see in the trailer, the player ends up being sucked into the console and sucked into the game that they're playing. And word sort of spread about this phantom console over the years, it became kind of an urban legend, and in the game basically, Travis happens to come upon it and find it."
One thing Suda51 discussed was the collaborations with indie developers, and the extent of this collaboration.
"The collaboration with the indie developers is not actually as deep as having them design the game levels together with us," says Suda51. "Basically, what the indie collaboration is we went out and picked a bunch of titles that I felt Travis would be a fan of in real-life. Travis, again, he is a gamer, he's really into indie games. Games like for example Hotline Miami, Shovel Knight and the other titles that we got in there. Basically, the collaboration is going to be Travis will have these t-shirts that he can wear in the game, and each t-shirt represents one of the games with whom we're collaborating."
This is what Suda51 refers to as the first round of the indie collaboration, the second round that would involve cameos is still in the "discussion phase".
Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes is set for release next year on Nintendo Switch.
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