Suda 51, the legend behind games like ‘Shadows of the Damned’ and most recently ‘Lollipop Chainsaw’, is already preparing the launch of his next title. Killer Is Dead is an action video game in development for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It is expected to be published in summer 2013. 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.
Although details are few about the game, the first trailer for the upcoming title has been released by Grasshopper Manufacture. The game will feature an executioner by the name of ‘Mondo Zappa’. Mondo Zappa is 35-year-old assassin who finds himself working fo rBrian 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."
The trailer also features short scenes of actual gameplay cut with cinematic events from the game. There is no release window for the game, which is expected to release on PS3 and Xbox 360 sometime this year.