Fresh details on gory hack-‘n-slash Killer is Dead have been revealed via a chat with creator Suda51 in Famitsu magazine.
As translated by Polygon, Killer is Dead “picks up where Killer 7 and No More Heroes left off,” though again Suda-san stressed it isn’t a sequel to either of those games. What he means, rather, is that it’s the latest entry in Grasshopper Manufacturer’s assassin-style game series.
Unsurprisingly, the title shares the same striking aesthetic as its Grasshopper stable mates, albeit benefiting from a high-definition makeover.
"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,” said Suda.
"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. 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 scheduled to ship for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in Japan this summer. No word yet on a western launch, but we’ll keep you posted.