Perhaps we were a bit premature in naming Star Fox Zero as one of our 10 Games You Have To Play This Fall.
In an announcement that, to be honest, isn’t really all that surprising given the game’s haphazard state at preview events earlier in the year, Shigeru Miyamoto himself wrote a statement on Nintendo’s Facebook page explaining why Star Fox Zero for the Wii U has been delayed until Q1 2016:
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.
This is a real blow to Nintendo’s already barren holiday release schedule. It could be worse though: they could be in Sony’s position and have almost zero PlayStation 4 exclusives for the Fall.