Killer Is In English: 'Killer Is Dead' Gets Its First North American Trailer

The moves of Juliet Starling and the look of "Killer 7." This is what Grasshopper Manufacture's "Killer is Dead" looks like in action.

"Killer 7" and "Shadows of the Damned" developer Grasshopper Manufacture have certainly put together a good-looking game based on this trailer for this summer's "Killer is Dead." How it will play remains the persistent question about every title put out by rock star developer Suda51's idiosyncratic studio. This stylish hack and slash certainly has more on its mind than a cold-blooded killer cutting down his targets with a cool quip (their games are always excitingly layered even if the gameplay is sometimes the least satisfying of the layers). Grasshopper makes playable Seijin Suzuki (and most recently Lloyd Kaufman) movies, essentially, and I think the industry is better for them.

The official line:

Created by game legend SUDA51, this highly anticipated original game is set in a not-so-distant future similar to (but not the same as) the world we know now. The player takes control of an executioner named Mondo Zappa who wields a Japanese sword in his right hand and brandishes interchangeable weapons in his left artificial arm. His ultimate goal is to execute various heinous criminals scattered around the world and beyond.

XSEED Games will release "Killer is Dead" sometime this summer in the U.S. after picking up developer Grasshopper back in January--Deep Silver is handling the publishing rights in Europe.

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