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|Killer Is Dead|
|Publisher(s)|| Kadokawa GamesJP|
Deep SilverEU, AUS
|Platform(s)||PlayStation 3, Xbox 360|
|Release date|| JPAugust 1, 2013|
AUSTBC Summer 2013
EUTBC Summer 2013
USTBC Summer 2013
|Media||Blu-ray disc, DVD-9|
|Input methods||DualShock 3, Xbox 360 Controller|
Killer Is Dead is an action video game in development by Grasshopper Manufacture for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It will be released in Japan on August 1, 2013, and is currently slated for an unspecified summer release internationally. The game will be published by Kadokawa Games in Japan, by XSEED in North America and by Deep Silver Games in Europe and Oceania.
Described as an amalgamation of the play-styles in Grasshopper's killer7 and No More Heroes, Killer Is Dead places players in the role of an Executioner tasked with eliminating S-Level Criminals. The game will illustrate the "dark side" of being a James Bond-esque secret agent, and will feature many "beautiful Bond Girl-like ladies" as well as fighting mechanics involving swordplay.
Mondo Zappa is 35-year-old assassin who finds himself working for Brian Execution Firm, an undercover organization headed by the half-cyborg Brian Roses. The firm sends Zappa across the near-future earth, where space tourism and cybernetics are no longer unusual, and where Zappa is tasked with executing a series of criminals.
Suda has described Killer Is Dead as, "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."
- Mondo Zappa - The protagonist. A 35-year-old American man who is hired by the Brian Execution Firm in order to hunt down criminals throughout the world. He is a brutal killer and a womaniser.
- Vivian Squall - A 25-year-old English woman who works in the Brian Execution Firm as Mondo Zappa's boss. She gets angry if people ask her too many personal questions.
- Mika Takekawa - A 20-year-old Japanese woman who works as Mondo Zappa's assistant. The two live together, although it is not clear what their exact relationship is beyond simple friends. She is a bit ditzy, but is skilled at making half-boiled eggs - Mondo Zappa's favorite food.
- Brian Roses - The 65-year-old American chief of the Execution Office. Formerly an Executioner himself, Brian underwent cybernetic enhancement at some point and is now a fully-fledged cyborg. He is a proud man who shows indifference towards his management.
- Victor - A criminal who serves as one of the game's antagonists. He steals 'musical talent' from musicians in order to play songs full of negative emotions and thus spread malice throughout the world. He is normally scrawny and skeletal in appearance, but can transform into a much stronger robotic form.
Killer Is Dead was planned as early as the end of 2009, but did not enter development until the spring of 2011. As of April 2012, a prototype of the game was near completion, while the game's scenario had only just been written. Suda told Famitsu that keywords for the game include "Moon," "Earth," "brilliant game" and "love." Love in Killer Is Dead is believed to be illustrated by the lengths its protagonist goes to protect someone, as like Grasshopper's Shadows of the DAMNED, Killer Is Dead conveys the concept of how far someone will go to protect the person who is important to them.
Concept art for the game shows an advanced Japanese city, as well as environments reminiscent of the sites in The Silver and killer7. The game shares its name with the short story killer7: Killer Is Dead written by executive director Goichi Suda, which expands on the killer7 character Dan Smith's background. In spite of this, Killer Is Dead is allegedly not a precursor or sequel to killer7.
In late August 2012, a trailer for Killer Is Dead was shown to attendees at the Lollipop Chainsaw Summer Appreciation Festival. According to Famitsu, the trailer featured "a man with a cyborg left arm and a katana in his right hand," with a cel-shading art style similar to that of No More Heroes, while attempting a "a new style following Shadows of the DAMNED and Lollipop Chainsaw." Suda has stated that he wants to create "a new hero" for Killer Is Dead, whose story will draw inspiration from killer7 and No More Heroes. The trailer which premiered at the August 2012 festival has not been publically released.
On January 17, 2013 Famitsu published the first screenshots of the game, as well as revealing various details about its setting, the characters and gameplay mechanics. Stylistically, Killer Is Dead resembles a cross between killer7 and No More Heroes. In addition to close-range attacks with his katana, Mondo Zappa can alter his cybernetically-enhanced left arm into various forms including a gun and a drill. The arm can be upgraded throughout the game. Killing enemies will allow the player to absorb blood, similar to the concept of Blood in killer7, and then use stored blood to launch an "Adrenalin Burst" attack to instantly decapitate enemies. The player can also transform enemies into unspecified "dark matter", before using the Adrenalin Burst to transform dark matter into pure energy.
Famitsu also revealed that the game will take place in various locations around the world, with settings including old Western-style buildings and Japanese alleyways. Several screenshots depict traditional Japanese buildings, similar in style to Restaurant Fukushima from killer7. In a throwback to earlier games such as Moonlight Syndrome, The Silver Case and killer7, the moon will apparently play a prominent role in the story.
On January 18, 2013 Famitsu released the first public trailer for the game. It can be viewed here. At the same time, Grasshopper Manufacture and Kadokawa Games opened a teaser website which currently only features the aforementioned trailer.
On January 31, 2013 Kadokawa Games confirmed that XSEED would be responsible for publishing Killer Is Dead in North America, while Deep Silver Games would publish the game in Europe and Oceania. Kadokawa Games also revealed that the game would receive a simultaneous worldwide release in Summer 2013.
- ↑ Killer Is Dead Dated For August 1 In Japan. Spencer. Siliconera. May 13, 2013.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 Grasshopper's Suda51 gives first details on his latest game, Killer is Dead. Kevin Gifford. Polygon. January 16, 2013.
- ↑ Killer Is Dead Coming This Summer From Grasshopper Manufacture And Xseed. Spencer. Siliconera. January 31, 2013.
- ↑ Killer Is Dead Will Be Published by XSEED in North America and Deep Silver in Europe. N4G. January 31, 2013.
- ↑ Killer is Dead launches worldwide this summer. Sinan Kubba. Joystiq. January 31, 2013.
- ↑ Grasshopper, Suda 51 developing Killer Is Dead. Jim Sterling. Destructoid. April 4, 2012.
- ↑ New From Grasshopper and Suda 51: Killer is Dead. Anoop Gantayat. Andriasang.com. April 4, 2012.
- ↑ Grasshopper, Suda 51 reveal new project Killer is Dead. Tom Phillips. Eurogamer. April 4, 2012.
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 Killer is Dead Detailed. Anoop Gantayat. Andriasang.com. April 4, 2012.
- ↑ Lollipop Chainsaw Summer Appreciation Festival Yields Information about Killer is Dead. Ryan Taylor. Gaming Unwrapped. August 27, 2012.