Killer is Dead isn’t even out yet and we’ve already got a teaser for Suda51’s next game in the form of the image you see above. This picture was drawn by Yusuke Kozaki, the artist responsible for the art of No More Heroes and, more recently, Fire Emblem: Awakening. Like previous games Lollipop Chainsaw and Liberation Maiden, this new game will feature a female protagonist. This will also be the first game from Grasshopper since their acquisition by GungHo Online Entertainment, which Suda calls its “rebirth.”

“Because this is the first title to represent the rebirth of Grasshopper,” Suda51 explains, “I had a firm hand in the art direction. As the project meetings continued, the feeling of ‘depth’ became deeper. I would think, ‘Is it really good to use this as the final design?’ But usually someone would tell me to give it a break for a little while.”

“There is a base for our specialty, the slash action games we’ve made so far. But with Gungho’s power, we want to put in our know how in ways we haven’t done before. We are also considering developing for not just offline devices, but online devices too.”

The teaser image seemed to really impress GungHo boss Kazuki Morishita. He describes that “The impression left by the eyes is really strong. Establishing characters in the case of a game, it’s quite an interesting production. I don’t think those parts really emerge in the ‘expression’ of the eyes.”

Without going into specifics, Morishita stated that this might land on next-generation systems, likely next-gen consoles. Suda51 stated that there will be more information on this game this Fall.


Kyle Emch
Kyle has been studying music at college for about three years now. He's played the piano since he was 6 years old and has been recently been learning how to write music. He has followed the Operation Rainfall movement on Facebook since it started and was happy to volunteer for the website. Just don't mention Earthbound or the Mother franchise around him.