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Vacancy for zombie cameraman

Observational skills, eye for a story and perversity a must.

Killer 7 director Gouichi Suda's Grasshopper Company development studio is working on a new PS2 horror game dubbed Michigan according to reports in the Japanese press.

The game takes place in Chicago, where the government has ordered a mass evacuation as dense fog envelopes the city, and the player controls a cameraman who braves the conditions and paranoia with a female reporter and audio crew to find out the truth behind the cloud.

As it turns out, the danger to public health is quite real, as the town is now overflowing with zombies. The player's job is to file as many scoops as possible before the videotape in the camera runs out, with a certain amount of tape available per stage.

The clever bit is that the player needs both hands on the camera at all times, rather limiting what he can do. However apart presumably from a microphone the female reporter is under no such restriction, and the idea is that the player can alert her to various things and she can react for him.

For example, if the player points to a key, she might scramble around on the floor trying to find it. And, according to reports, the game then rewards you for gratuitously filming her arse as she stoops.

We'll be keen to take a look at Michigan when it makes its appearance in Japan this spring, and we'll let you know if and when it's snapped up for the US and Europe.