Killer Is Dead trailer reveals cyborg arms, katana combos, dazzling visuals

New game follows on indirectly from Killer 7 and No More Heroes

Suda51's patented strain of gore-soaked madness doesn't appear to be losing momentum. Grasshopper Manufacture has released the first trailer for new IP Killer Is Dead, an action game published by Kadokawa Games featuring starkly-lit anime visuals and cyborg sword combos.

We don't know much else about it, other than that it's set in the same universe as Killer 7 and No More Heroes for the Gamecube and Wii, respectively, but is not a direct sequel to either.

"It's not trying to regress into the past," Suda51 told Famitsu in a chat translated by Polygon. "We're trying to make a game that we'd only be able to make right now, at this point in time. The result is seen in our unique high-contrast shading seen in the graphics, as well as the high-speed wrestling-like action."


The star is Mondo Zappa, a 35-year-old swordsman with a bionic left arm that morphs into different weapons, including drills and guns. You'll absorb the blood of your foes to charge up nasty specials, apparently. Head over to Famitsu for screenies.

"It's 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," Suda51 added. "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."

A Western release has yet to be announced. It's out in Japan this summer. Stoked?