Goichi Suda talks Killer is Dead’s visual motif, main character and lineage.
Killer7 and Shadows of the Damned developer Goichi Suda (aka Suda51) has spoken about his new game, Killer is Dead. It’s about killing chaps, would you believe, and picks up the pieces left by No More Heroes. This is the first we’ve heard of KiD since it was announced way back in April 2012 and I’m half tempted to sack off the words and just leave you with the images because, damn, this one’s a looker.
“Development has already been ongoing for an extended period of time,” Suda wrote in Famitsu, translated by Polygon. ”It’s 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.”
The influence is clear, at least in terms of visual motif. I liked Lollipop Chainsaw and Shadows of the Damned plenty, but they flaunted none of the artistic swagger these first images of Killer is Dead do.
“It’s not trying to regress into the past,” said Suda. “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 Suda, the game takes place in the future. It stars a cybernetically enhanced dude called Mondo Zappa. Just drink that in for a second. Zappa’s outfitted with two weapons, a sword for personal vendettas and a fancy weapon embedded into his arm that he’s able to transform into guns, drills and sundry other wicked things. It can also absorb blood to power his sword.
“It’s the story of a man who doesn’t show himself much in the public world but still worms his way into society and mercilessly eliminates the evil dispersed in it,” explained Suda. “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.”
Killer is Dead is pencilled in for a summer release in Japan, with no word on a western release just yet.