Lollipop Chainsaw, next game from Shadows of the Damned creators, coming to US/UK in 2012

When we first heard the news of Suda51 and Grasshopper Manufacture’s next game we were intrigued, though it was disconcerting that it had only been announced for Japan. It’s pretty rare these days for a title as expensive-looking as Lollipop Chainsaw to stay region-exclusive, but after the poor sales of Grasshopper’s recent title Shadows of the Damned who could say what would happen? Luckily, Warner Bros Interactive today alleviated our fears by announcing they were going to publish the game internationally next year.

Warner is teaming with Grasshopper and the Japanese publisher Kadokawa to release the game in 2012, and the team behind it looks pretty unique.  Not only does the title reteam Suda51 with Akira Yamaoka, the amazing composer for Shadows of the Damned as well as Silent Hill, but Warner is also bringing on film director James Gunn in some capacity, perhaps to help with the localization. (By the way, you should really watch Gunn’s Slither, one of the best modern horror films around.)

Though they weren’t more specific on the release date than 2012 for the PS3/360 title, the press release did give some details on Lollipop Chainsaw’s story in a paragraph so good we had be include it verbatim:

“Lollipop Chainsaw is the ‘un-deadly’ story of sweet and killer zombie hunter Juliet Starling and her quest to uncover the root of a colossal zombie outbreak.  With her wickedly awesome chainsaw in hand, Juliet slices, dices and splits her way through hordes of the undead, but soon realizes the horde is only the opening act to a festival of zombie rock lords determined to kill the chainsaw wielding cheerleader.”

Above: Images supplied by Andriasang

We can’t wait to play as the All American-looking Juliet as she battle zombies and their “rock lords,” but what’s the deal with that disembodied head she’s carrying around? Is he going to be an exposition-spouting, bodiless, supporting character not unlike Johnson in Shadows? And will this game have as many dick jokes as Shadows? Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long for a proper preview, and in the meantime you can follow the game on Twitter and Facebook.

Aug 1, 2011


  • eliguy83 - August 2, 2011 9:21 p.m.

    Everything about Shadows was awesome (minus the now well-known weak points)–and this does pique my interest–but I hope LC isn't *too* similar. It's too early to know, of course, but I mean, replace the first two pictures with Garcia, a big gun and Johnson, and it's the same. Anyway, on my to-watch list :)
  • Mamudo - August 2, 2011 6:48 p.m.

    Chainsaws and zombies? Meh, see it all the time....wait zombie rock lords? Okay, I'm in.
  • Crypto140 - August 2, 2011 1:51 p.m.

    Zombie rock lords you say? Zombie rock lords you say? ZOMBIE ROCK LORDS YOU SAY?! This game will probably be great.
  • Y2Ken - August 2, 2011 8:09 a.m.

    I don't know how he does it, but Suda keeps coming up with the best videogame character names time and again. Good to see they've learned their lesson from the incredible game with a forgettable title "Shadows of the Damned" and realised a game that good deserves a name that good.
  • ichigoame - August 2, 2011 7:46 a.m.

    as soon as I saw the announcement for this I was like DAY ONE! lmao it reminds me of No more heroes, shadows hasn't really entertained me enough for me to want to keep playing and it looks dingy and depressing so I'm happy to see a return to form for some crazy hack n slash in a sunnier environment :D
  • Yeager1122 - August 2, 2011 2:43 a.m.

    Will wait for more information before i get excited about this.
  • Innounci - August 2, 2011 1:06 a.m.

    Excited fan is excited.
  • wrayday - August 1, 2011 11:47 p.m.

    Onba-really-long-name meets Bayonetta. I liked No More Heroes 2, and Shadows of the Damned (minus last boss fight ... boring) So I will pick this one up when it comes out. I hope this one does better than Shadows, Suda's out of the box thinking is rather refreshing.
  • MySistersMenstruationTastesFunny - August 1, 2011 11:07 p.m.

    Slither is the single greatest horror flick of its generation.
  • MrSuitMan - August 1, 2011 11:05 p.m.

    Leave it to Suda51 to come up with unbelievably sexy character designs.Leave it to Suda51 to come up with unbelievably sexy character designs.
  • etherealshadow - August 1, 2011 10:25 p.m.

    @reuben0110 That's exactly why zombies. I love Suda51 and his crazy, crazy mind. Hopefully this will be a bit longer than Shadows, or at least have something to provide replayability. I loved Shadows, but it was pretty short and didn't really have any replay value, which really made it a little hard to justify buying it at full price for me.
  • Plan10FromOuterSpace - August 1, 2011 10:12 p.m.

    Im just glad to here the team behind shadows haven't been put off at all by the 'failure' of the title, hopefully with some better marketing this will do far better and fingers crossed it will be another great game xD
  • Clovin64 - August 1, 2011 9:22 p.m.

    This looks like it could be pretty good, and its got Akira Yamoaka too. Its a shame blonde cheerleaders arent my type. :(
  • Landshark - August 1, 2011 9:15 p.m.

    Looks like like the gameplay will be a more in-depth No More Heroes, which sounds like a good thing to me!
  • DualWieldingIsNotFeasible - August 1, 2011 9:06 p.m.

    After playing Shadows of the Damned, I have really high hopes for this. Also, boner.
  • Zeos - August 1, 2011 9:04 p.m.

    Nice, I will have high hopes for this game after playing through the awesome Shadows of The Damned.
  • reuben0110 - August 1, 2011 8:59 p.m.

    Why zombies? They're a bit cliche now, aren't they?
  • jackthemenace - August 1, 2011 8:47 p.m.

    Something tells me, with a female protagonist, we'll probably see something more like bayonetta in terms of Private parts jokes, and plenty of references to "pillow-talk". I'm excited about this, and, although I'm gonna wait to see a trailer first, I'm hesitantly saying this'll probably be a buy rather than just a rent, providing it has more replayability than Shadows of the Damned :/

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