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Platform 360, PS3 Publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Developer Grasshopper Manufacture Release Date 06/12/2012

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Lollipop Chainsaw review: evil dead

LOLLIPOP CHAINSAW IS MORE FORGIVING THAN YOU MIGHT EXPECT The good news: Lollipop Chainsaw is more mechanically sound than anything Grasshopper Manufacture has put its name on. Less clunky than Shadows of the Damned, free of the burdens of motion control that hung around No More Heroes' neck like an albatross, Lollipop Chainsaw mostly plays as it should. There's a workable combo system that isn't overly reliant on the upgrades you can buy throughout the game, and you won't need to enlist the aid of a sensei to drill the combo commands into your head. Instead, some mild experimentation yields acceptable zombie-killing results. Lollipop Chainsaw establishes new enemy types that affect combat scenarios at a good pace. As the game progresses, fights become more about crowd...

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Why Suda51 wants to 'thoroughly demolish the existing Grasshopper traits'

Grasshopper Manufacture CEO Goichi "Suda51" Suda wants to "thoroughly demolish" the traits associated with the studio that created games like Lollipop Chainsaw, Killer Is Dead and No More Heroes, according to a 4Gamer interview that was translated by Siliconera. Suda acknowledged that, even within Grasshopper, the studio's traits are debatable but ready for destruction. "I believe that when it comes to ‘Grasshopper traits,' people have different ideas [as to what they are]," Suda said. "Even for us, each staff member at Grasshopper has different ideas. "In the midst of that, I personally would like to thoroughly demolish the existing Grasshopper traits, one by one. And by demolishing them, I'd like to propose new ideas, and create new ways to play". The idea behind that creative...

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Natural Doctrine delayed until March 19 in Japan

Natural Doctrine, Lollipop Chainsaw publisher Kadokawa Games' first title from the company's internal studio, is being delayed until March 19, 2014 in Japan, the developer announced on its official website. Originally, the fantasy strategy role-playing game was to launch in Japan on Feb. 22, 2014 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PS Vita. Information about a western release is yet to be announced. Kadokawa Game Studio recently released a trailer for Natural Doctrine, teasing a little more about the game's antagonists and protagonists through a series of renders and a battle against a dragon. Set in fortified castle town of Feste and its surroundings, the story of Natural Doctrine focuses on resource war between goblins, trolls, humans, lizardmen and humanoids. The title...

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Natural Doctrine trailer introduces protagonists, teases monster battles

A trailer for Natural Doctrine, Lollipop Chainsaw publisher Kadokawa Games' first title from the company's internal studio, introduces the game's characters and teases a few monster battles. Natural Doctrine is set in fortified castle town of Feste and its surroundings, where humans are locked in a resource war with the goblins, trolls, lizardmen and humanoids. The story centres on three human soldiers: Jeff, Vasilisa and Anca — who are introduced in the video above. Gameplay consists of turn-based battles, and units are free to move across large areas, which is a unique feature of the game, according to producer Kensuke Tanaka. "Games with small squares may allow you to stack characters into a single space, but with this game, you can move around anywhere you like within the...

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Natural Doctrine coming to PS4 from Lollipop Chainsaw's Kadokawa Games

Lollipop Chainsaw publisher Kadokawa Games revealed its first in-development title from the company's internal studio, a fantasy RPG called Natural Doctrine. While little information about the game is available in its teaser video, the trailer says players will "assault through the world by natural selection." The upcoming title is in development for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PS Vita, and will feature both single-player and multiplayer modes, along with cross-play compatibility.

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Warren Spector: 'I'm not ready to retire yet'

Game designer Warren Spector spoke at the DICE Summit today, one week after the closure of his Disney-owned studio, Junction Point, telling attendees that he's "not ready to retire yet" and still has games he wants to make. Spector opened his speech by clarifying that he wouldn't be talking about "the elephant in the room," the closure of Junction Point, Disney Interactive or the last eight years, "other than to say I worked with an amazing team on some amazing projects." "It's all good," he said, before launching into his talk, "The Graying of Gaming," in which Spector spoke about the aging gaming population, of which he is a part. "I had a little wake-up moment last week in the wake of events," the 57-year-old game designer said, following the shuttering of the studio he...

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Suda51: Grasshopper Manufacture joined GungHo because it doesn't want to be an "outsourced developer"

Grasshopper Manufacture boss Goichi "Suda51" Suda sold his studio to publisher GungHo Online Entertainment because he wants the studio to be an in-house developer, according to an interview with 4Gamer (in Japanese). GungHo announced earlier this week that it bought Grasshopper, the developer behind games like Lollipop Chainsaw, No More Heroes and the upcoming Killer Is Dead. Both Grasshopper and GungHo confirmed yesterday that all projects that are currently in development will continue as usual and will not be affected by the studio acquisition. When asked why he chose to sell the studio, Suda said that up until now Grasshopper Manufacture has mostly worked with big clients and many of the difficulties it has encountered has resulted from its role as an "outsourced developer." He...

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Killer is Dead coming to North America and Europe this summer

Killer is Dead, the upcoming title in development from Lollipop Chainsaw's Grasshopper Manufacture and SUDA51, will receive a global release thanks to a partnership between publishers Kadokawa Games, Deep Silver and Xseed Games. Xseed is now slated to bring the futuristic action game to North America, while publisher Deep Silver heads distribution of the game in Europe and Australia. Grasshopper Manufacture was recently acquired by GungHo Online Entertainment; However, the company stated the development of Grasshopper's titles would not be affected by this acquisition. In Killer is Dead, players will take on the role of an executioner called Mondo Zappa, whose weapons of choice are a Japanese sword held in one hand, coupled with interchangeable weapons in his left, artificial arm. The...

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Grasshopper Manufacture's current games in development will not be affected by GungHo acquisition

GungHo Online Entertainment's recent acquisition of Lollipop Chainsaw and Killer Is Dead developer Grasshopper Manufacture will not affect any games that are already in development, the publisher announced today. GungHo is the publisher of games like Ragnarok Online, Ragnarok Odyssey and Dokuro. The company announced yesterday that it bought Grasshopper Manufacture, the studio behind the No More Heroes series, Shadows of the Damned, Lollipop Chainsaw and the recently announced Killer Is Dead. Today it confirmed that Grasshopper Manufacture will continue to operate under studio boss Goichi Suda and all titles already in development at the studio before the acquisition will not be affected by the deal. President and CEO of GungHo Online Entertainment, Kazuki Morishita (pictured above,...

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Ragnarok publisher buys Grasshopper Manufacture

Ragnarok Online and Dragon Saga publisher GungHo Group bought Lollipop Chainsaw and Killer is Dead developer Grasshopper Manufacture, it was announced today. Publishing a statement on its website (in Japanese), company GungHo Group said it is merging the planning and development power of Grasshopper Manufacture with the power of managing online games cultivated by both companies to produce high quality content. We have reached out to GungHo group for comment on how the acquisition will affect Grasshopper's current and future projects. An extensive interview (in Japanese) conducted by 4Gamer with Grasshopper Manufacture's Goichi Suda and GungHo's Morishita Hee can be read here. We will update this story as more information is available. Update: Comments from Goichi "Suda51" Suda...

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Lollipop Chainsaw to get special Valentine's Day edition in Japan

Lollipop Chainsaw is being re-released in a special Valentine's Day edition in Japan on Feb. 14, 2013. The special edition will come with a copy of the game, a "perfect unlock code", a Valentine edition double DVD pack and a limited edition sleeve. The first DVD included with the pack contains a desktop clock, wallpapers and a library of Lollipop Chainsaw trailers. The second DVD includes in-game movies and a Valentine's Day comic. The Lollipop Chainsaw Valentine's Day edition will be available on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 for 4,980 yen ($60). Japanese industry magazine Famitsu has released a video showing the bonus items that come with the Valentine's Day edition. A U.S. release has not been announced.

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  • Xbox 360
    • Released 06/12/2012
    • Publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
    • Developer Grasshopper Manufacture
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    • Released 06/12/2012
    • Publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
    • Developer Grasshopper Manufacture
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