Japanese publisher Kadokawa Games today announced that Killer is Dead will get a global release sometime in the summer of 2013. The title will launch for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles.
Killer is Dead is being developed by Grasshopper Manufacture, the studio headed by Goichi Suda, also known as “Suda51.” The developer is famous for quirky and unapologetically juvenile titles such as Killer 7, No More Heroes, Shadows of the Damned, and Lollipop Chainsaw.
The release window announcement is probably meant to reassure fans that the game is still on track, and hasn’t been disrupted by recent events. Yesterday it was announced that Grasshopper Manufacture has been purchased by GungHo Online Entertainment, a Japanese publisher known for the Ragnarok Online series of games.
Killer is Dead puts players into the shoes of Mondo Zappa, a James Bond-type “executioner” who is tasked with eliminating criminals in a not-to-distant noir future. He wields a katana in his right hand and his bionic left hand can become a number of interchangeable weapons. The game features a unique, contrast-heavy art style that can be seen in the first trailer for the game, which was released earlier this month: