Suda 51 has to be one of the gaming worlds most prolific figures , known worldwide for creating some of the craziest and no holds barred games possible. With greats such as Killer 7, Lollipop Chainsaw, No More Heroes and a whole slew of Japanese exclusives. Well now it seems he’s back in collaboration with Grasshopper Studios and Kadokawa Games. The Killer is Dead, Suda 51s next title, is set to continue where his “Assasins series” left off after Killer 7 and No More Heroes. In an interview with Famitsu Magazine, Suda 51 explains what to expect from Killer is Dead. Much like its predecessors, Killer is Dead will feature bright, cell shaded graphics to keep up the rather unique and almost Tarrantino-esque look, showing some over the top gore without trying to shy away from it.
“It’s not trying to regress into the past. 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.”
Set in a near-future where lunar tourism and cyber-enhancements have become commonplace, Killer is Dead stars Mondo Zappa, a 35-year-old man who suddenly receives a job offer from the Brian Execution Firm. An undercover national organization run by the half-cyborg Brian Roses, the group sends Mondo around the world in order to execute a variety of assassins, from cunningly evil geniuses to people who seem to actually seek death at Mondo’s hands. This may sound a little like No More Heroes, however Mondo is a brand new take on the Hitman stereotype. Resembling something closer to James Bond, Mondo looks like a slick gentleman wielding a sword in one hand and a unique weapon mounted into his other, which can swap between Guns, Drills and a rather large list of other weapons as you progress. This cybernetic weapon can also absorb the blood of Mondo’s enemies, letting him unleash a special “Adrenalin Burst” sword strike to one-hit kill his foes.
“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.”
The game is due out this summer in Japan, with no word yet on a western release, but Killer is Dead will be the first assassin title to grace the Xbox 360 so I can’t wait. Check out the screenshots below and let us know what you think, will this be one of the 360s last great games?