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Suda51 reveals new Killer is Dead details

UPDATE: Trailer released. Looks absolutely gorgeous.

UPDATE 2: Japanese magazine Famitsu has released the first trailer for Killer is Dead. It's below.

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UPDATE 1: The first screenshots of Killer is Dead have been revealed on Famitsu's website. Take a gander at them below. They're quite lovely.

Original story: Grasshopper Manufacture's Suda51 has revealed new details on his new game Killer is Dead.

In an interview with Japanese magazine Famitsu (translated by Polygon), Suda51 said Killer is Dead "picks up where Killer 7 and No More Heroes left off" in that it's the first game in the company's assassin series since those two cult hits, but it is not a direct sequel to either game.

Killer is Dead has the same stylised visuals as Killer 7 and No More Heroes and just as much gore, but the graphics have been upgraded for current generation consoles.

Suda51 said: "It's not trying to regress into the past. 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."

Killer is Dead is set in the near future. The wonderfully-named Mondo Zappa is a 35-year-old man with cybernetic enhancements who is sent on a mission to execute assassins. Zappa wields a sword for melee combat and has a gun arm that transforms into drills and other objects. He uses it to absorb the blood of his enemies to charge a powerful sword attack.

Suda51 continued: "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. 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 game is due to launch in Japan in the summer. It is yet to be announced for the west.

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