|Distributor(s)||Kadokawa Games, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment|
|Platform(s)||Xbox 360, PlayStation 3|
|Release date|| NA June 12, 2012|
AU June 13, 2012
JP June 14, 2012
EU June 15, 2012
Lollipop Chainsaw is an action video game for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles. It was designed by Grasshopper Manufacture and was published on June 12, 2012 by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, which will also assist Kadokawa Games in the title's Japan release on June 14. Lollipop Chainsaw stars San Romero High School cheerleader Juliet Starling, who combats a zombie outbreak at her California school. Goichi Suda described the title as "a poppy zombie game unlike anything people have ever seen."
In October 2010, 1UP reported that Grasshopper and Kadokawa had entered into a partnership which will last for two games. One of these games, directed by Sonic the Hedgehog co-creator Yuji Naka, will feel similar to Naka's earlier Nights into Dreams... while Suda described the latter game in question, presumably Lollipop Chainsaw, as featuring "stylish action and some really extreme twists." He further iterated that, "I showed the game off to an overseas publisher, and they couldn't stop laughing -- I mean, just bending over and laughing. How many games do you know that can make you laugh like that? When I saw that, myself and [Yoshimi] Yasuda were like 'Yes! This is really gonna work!' I think it's going to be a really big title in the worldwide market."
A Twitter feed for Starling surfaced on August 1, 2011. In January 2012, IGN began hosting a public voting competition in which the winner would portray Starling in a promotion campaign including trailers and gaming exhibition appearances. 10 nominees were selected for the competition, and by the next round only three remained. The winner of the competition was announced on March 2, 2012 to be Jessica Nigri.
Downloadable content was free to redeem from the date of launch, June 12, 2012, with purchases of Lollipop Chainsaw. Depending on where the game was purchased, this content included such costumes for Starling as the Little Jimmy Urine Outfit, Goth Outfit, Funk Outfit, Pin-up Outfit and the outfit worn by Ash in The Evil Dead. Xbox Live and PlayStation Network may presumably charge money for these character skins after June 12, 2014.
Lollipop Chainsaw reportedly shipped 700,000 units within its first two months on the market, a new record for Grasshopper sales.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Grasshopper, Yuji Naka Tease New Projects. Kevin Gifford. 1UP. October 20, 2010.
- ↑ Juliet Starling. Grasshopper Manufacture. Twitter. August 1, 2011.
- ↑ Lollipop Chainsaw: The Search for Juliet. IGN. January 10, 2012.
- ↑ Lollipop Chainsaw: Vote for Juliet - Round 2. IGN. February 7, 2012.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Lollipop Chainsaw: Search for Juliet Final Round. IGN. February 15, 2012.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Lollipop Chainsaw: Search for Juliet Winner. IGN. March 2, 2012.