Grasshopper Manufacture's Goichi Suda has revealed a bunch of new details regarding his upcoming game Killer Is Dead. Though not a direct sequel to either game, Suda described Killer Is Dead as "the first game in the 'assassin' series that Grasshopper Manufacture has worked on in a while, a title that picks up where Killer7 and No More Heroes left off."This means unique cel-shaded graphical stylings, not to mention plenty of OTT stylised violence, but the trademark look has been upgraded to take full advantage of HD hardware.
"It's not trying to regress into the past," Suda said. "We're trying to make a game that we'd only be able to make right now, at this point in time. The result is seen in our unique high-contrast shading seen in the graphics, as well as the high speed wrestling-like action."
According to Polygon, who translated Suda's Famitsu column, Killer Is Dead will take place in a near-future "where lunar tourism and cyber-enhancements have become commonplace". The brilliant named Mondo Zappa will take a starring role, as he's recruited by a shady organisation to travel the world and assassinate a whole bunch of killers. It all sounds a bit No More Heroes, except for the fact that Zappa wields a transforming gun on his left arm that can shapeshift into a powerful drill as well as a variety of other objects.
"It's the story of a man who doesn't show himself much in the public world," Suda explained, "but still worms his way into society and mercilessly eliminates the evil dispersed in it. It's a personal story, not one that's conscious of the chaos going on in the real world at the moment, but you might get more than a taste of that in the end anyway."
It's out this summer in Japan, if we pray really hard perhaps it might just make it further West too.