WBIE might be better known to some gamers as the publishers behind the latest Mortal Kombat reboot, Batman: Arkham Asylum and the upcoming Batman: Arkham City (among other games), but now they'll be known for publishing a game with one of the more offbeat titles in recent memory. Lollipop Chainsaw, the upcoming PS3/Xbox 360 project from Suda 51 and grasshopper manufacture, is set to hit stores sometime in 2012. Press release below the jump - screens to follow once they're released. Oh, that's Juliet in the corner. She's the game's zombie-killing heroine. Not pictured: Her boyfriend, who's a disembodied head. I'm gathering there's a story behind THAT, but hey - in a Suda 51 game, you learn not too ask too many questions - you just grab something and hang on for dear life as the weird roller coaster ratchets up that rickety wooden frame...
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and KADOKAWA GAMES Bring Together the Sweet and the “Un-Dead” in Lollipop Chainsaw
Killer Heroine with a Chainsaw Fights to Stop Zombie Take Over in Suda51’s Latest Masterpiece for PS3 and Xbox 360
Burbank, Calif. – August 1, 2011 – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and KADOKAWA GAMES today announce a new partnership to bring Lollipop Chainsaw to gamers around the world in 2012 on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment will be publishing the game outside of all Asian territories.
Lollipop Chainsaw is an all-new third person action game being developed by GRASSHOPPER MANUFACTURE, led by celebrated gamemaker Goichi Suda (aka Suda51) and featuring the musical compositions of the renowned Akira Yamoaka. In addition to these two talented individuals, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has tapped Hollywood director/writer, James Gunn (Super, Slither, Dawn of the Dead, Tromeo and Juliet) to bring his cult humor and edgy storytelling to Lollipop Chainsaw.
“Our exciting partnership with KADOKAWA GAMES allows us to try something new by bringing a very unique game like Lollipop Chainsaw to Western markets,” said Martin Tremblay, President of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “GRASSHOPPER MANUFACTURE’s games have shown tremendous success with gamers around the globe and we are delighted to expand our portfolio of Japanese-developed games.”
“We are looking forward to partnering with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment on our first entry into the HD console market," said Yoshimi Yasuda, President of KADOWAKA GAMES. "We are also thrilled to have a team like GRASSHOPPER and talent like Suda51 creating such an interesting and distinct game for us to work with and bring to the fans."
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.