We’ve already covered the Japanese release of Katsuhiro Otomo’s Short Peace Project on PlayStation 3 few weeks ago. Usually this is something that never make it out of Japan, but incredibly enough, today we’re here to report you that Namco Bandai has announced a localized release for the US.
What’s this? Wait, let’s go in order. What exactly Short Peace is? It is an anthology anime film by Katsuhiro Otomo, legendary artist and anime director, best known for his masterpiece Akira. By anthology we mean a collection of four short movies directed by different artists. Here’s the trailer for the movie.
Now, Short Peace itself is composed by four short movies, let’s say four pieces, all about “Japan” as a common subject, but there is one more. The fifth bit of the of the project is indeed a video game. And it’s out today (January 16) in Japan.
It has been teased way before even the release of Killer is Dead, and now, finally, the new game from Goichi Suda’s Grasshopper Manufacture, which was recently purchased by GungHo Entertainment, has been revealed in a PlayStation 4 conference in Japan.
The game is called Lily Bergamo, and apparently it features a heroine as main character. Here’s the very first teaser trailer.
We still don’t know any other details and if this will be released as exclusive for PS4 and outside Japan, Stay tuned.
As you know Killer is Dead will be released in Japan in just about 5 days (we have to wait till the end of August here in Europe) and the hype train is running like hell! So, to make the wait even more painful, here a couple of new trailers of the upcoming Suda 51 game!
As usual, with the trailers, Kadokawa has released some new KID TV videos, with lots of boobs, Jessica Nigri and other interesting stuff. You can find them here.
We are at the edge of a new generation of console and in the middle of a proper brand new old-school console war, but still, we can use our fingers to count the title that really amaze us. So for now we’ll stick to the current gen, where we still have something able to sky-rocket our hype meter.
We are obviously talking about Killer is Dead, mainly because we are in love with its creator, the video games god Goichi Suda.
So in the middle of the post-E3 storm (or shitstorm) we are pleased to show you the latest trailer for the upcoming X360 and Ps3 title from Grasshopper Manufacture. Enjoy!
And why not? Also a new KID TV episode is out, featuring some boobs as usual (including Jessica Nigri‘s). We still don’t know what they’re talking about, but…who really cares?
Hyped for the upcoming new game from Suda51? Good! Ready for a shitload of boobs (both virtual and real)? Nice, because a new trailer (the third one) for Killer is Dead is out and it’s all about Mondo’s girls. Enjoy.
Ok, they look pretty amazing (obviously we’re talking about graphics and animations). Now, are you ready for some real boobs? Below you can find the first two videos of the new-born KID TV (KID stands for Killer is Dead), featuring the always gorgeous Jessica “Lollipop Chainsaw’s Juliet” Nigri and other wonderful Japanese babes dressed like female characters from the game. Yep, there is also Goichi Suda (probably) talking about the game, but as we can’t speak japanese, that part of the video wasn’t really appealing for us.
After the recent interview during the GDC, Goichi Suda went back to his home country (that for those who don’t know, is Japan) and apparently paid a visit to Famitsu with the above new trailer and below pictures.
We’re just speechless! This trailer squirts epicness from the first second to the last one! We just want more Suda51. NOW!
And also enjoy tons of new screenshots.
Ah, and by the way…SHE IS SO FUCKING BADASS!
Nop, now we’re not talking about Killer is Dead anymore. This is beyond that!
Do you remember the news about Grasshopper Manufacture being acquired by GungHo Online Entertainment? Good, this will their first project together!
Goichi Suda spoke to Weekly Famitsu about it, and here we go!
“The game will obviously have Grasshopper Manufacture’s signature forte of hack and slash action at its base, but we hope to incorporate GungHo’s power and know-how in areas we don’t have.”
We don’t really know much about the game, but both Suda51 and Kazuki Morishita (GungHo bossman) confirmed that the protagonist will be a female (thankfully they don’t give a fuck about publishers), that the game won’t be on smarthphones and/or tablets (thanks x2) and that the plot will be set in some asian environment. While the title, the release timing and the platforms remain unknown. Stay tuned!
During this week’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco XSEED Games (publisher for the NA region) and Grasshopper Manufacture’s Suda51 showed to the press Killer is Dead. But beside some super secret in-game footage, Suda51 talked to Destructoid about the game and how it is deeply influenced by his previous works.
ON THE NAME KILLER IS DEAD
“I’m a fan of The Smiths, the band, and they have a song called “The Queen Is Dead”. This was just a tentative title and I just switched out the Queen with Killer. There was talk that let’s change the title to something else as it was sort of vague that it really doesn’t describe anything. And then grammatically it might be incorrect, but I thought it gave more uniqueness that really matched what the gameplay was about so we decided to leave it.”
ON THE SOUNDTRACK
“In the very beginning I explained what the concept of this game is about and what I’m trying to do within the game. After that we came up with a few ideas of what to do, and did some idea exchanges. But other than that I just threw the whole thing at Akira Yamaoka. At this time he’s still working in the Tokyo office, still chugging away.”
ON THE FLOWER, SUN AND RAIN CONNECTION
“There is some kind of similarity because Sumio Mondo was wearing a suit as well, and I just like that character. I don’t know, they just look similar. And then I liked the name Mondo so I decided to make him in a more action game this time. Originally I was thinking about Mondo Smith, but it’s a little close to Sumio Mondo so we decided to change it.”
ON THE VISUALS MATCHING PROJECT HEROES
“I’m surprised you’d remember that, I sort of forgot! That was something that I really liked, and I wanted to put that in a HD format and I think in Killer Is Dead I was able to achieve that.”
ON THE JAMES BOND INSPIRATION
“For this title, there isn’t specifically a Bond movie, it was just that 007 as a series. He’s a British agent that goes into different places, different countries to solve something. That was the backbone of how we created this.”
ON THE INFLUENCE FROM KILLER 7
“I wasn’t really specifically thinking about Killer 7 when I was doing [Killer is Dead], but I think it’s just a compilation of all the stuff that I was creating. This theme of executioner and the Killer 7 kind of matches. There’s a lot of stuff that I’m utilizing from the back catalog, and ideas that I had. Nothing really specific that connects those two together.”
Said so, we can add that we really can’t wait to put our hands on this game! Also there’s a new trailer of Killer is Dead with English voiceovers, but remember that Deep Silver announced that the European version of the game will have both the original Japanese audio and the translated one (for each country).
Today Ovosonico, an italian independent game studio founded last year by Massimo Guarini, specialized in IP Creation by designing and developing original, unconventional and artistically crafted video games characterized by a strong sense of authorship, signed a partnership with Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios Europe. SCE WWSE will be working together with Ovosonico on a new (not-yet-revealed) intellectual property.
These are words from Massimo Guarini, founder and CEO at Ovosonico, known to be a former Suda51’s Grasshopper Manifacture director:
“There has never been a better time to contribute to the growth of the video games industry. Ovosonico aims to challenge convention, to push the boundaries further and expand our medium by delivering innovative, emotionally engaging games that deeply resonate with people.
SCE Worldwide Studios Europe understands our vision and we are thrilled to partner with them. We strongly feel that they are the perfect partner for us.”
On the counterpart, Michael Denny, Senior Vice President at Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios Europe, said:
“We’re incredibly excited to be working with such an innovative new studio as Ovosonico. It is through working with creative minds such as Massimo Guarini that ensures that the best exclusive games are only available on PlayStation and we firmly believe that this relationship will result in something special. This is the first studio we have worked with in Italy and due to the growing talent in this country; we believe the first of many.”
We are really excited about this announcement, because Guarini worked on Grasshopper Manifacture’s Shadows of the Damned as director, and we know that Suda always chooses the people to work with very wisely. By the way, we’re not very surprised about this partnership…because we had some sort of feeling when last February we saw this tweet:
— Massimo Guarini (@massimoguarini) February 22, 2013
So, can we expect a new IP on the upcoming PlayStation 4? We’ll see, stay tuned.
***UPDATE March 21 2013***