Grasshopper announces Killer Is Dead

Grasshopper Manufacture has announced Killer Is Dead, a new game directed by Goichi "Suda51" Suda which, the studio promises will retain the essence of Suda's previous assassin games, Killer 7 and No More Heroes.

Andriasang brings word from this week's Famitsu about the game, which casts players as an "executioner" tasked with travelling around the world hunting down "S-level criminals."

While gameplay details are thin on the ground, Famitsu says players can expect sword-fighting similar to that of the No More Heroes series, with new mechanics. Suda, who is executive director and is in charge of the game's story, says the two key words for the game are "Moon and Earth."

Love will also play a part, with Suda explaining that the idea of "how far you can protect someone" is central to the narrative. The famously modest Suda adds that another central theme is "Brilliant Game."

The game is still in the early stages; while planning began late in 2009, Grasshopper only began development last spring. Killer Is Dead will be released for PS3 and Xbox 360 next year.