In the first episode of Killer is Dead TV, a series of videos that introduce various aspects of Kadokawa Games and Grasshopper Manufacture’s forthcoming va-va-voom action game, we were introduced to the Gigolo Glasses, a pre-order bonus that would let protagonist Mondo Zappa peek through one layer of outer clothing (in certain scenes).
Talk about an unfair advantage.
This week, in the second episode of KID TV, we learn that there’s actually more than one pre-order bonus that gamers can receive. Heck, there’s at least three.
On top of the Gigolo Glasses, pre-ordering the game will also let players “obtain” Betty, the fourth Mondo Girls (think Bond Girls from the James Bond films, hit that link to see which of your favourite voice actresses will play the role of these psuedo love interests), who is described as a sophisticated lady that plays hard to get – even when it comes suave man about town, “Mr. Executioner Gigolo” Mondo Zappa.
There’s at least one more pre-order bonus, but the game’s producers are keeping it secret for now. Every executioner gigolo likes a good tease, yes?
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Note: That’s Jessica Nigri cosplaying as Scarlett, the lead Mondo Girl, over there. Unfortunately, no, she doesn’t voice the character. Scarlett in the game is voiced by Manami Numakura (The Idolm@ster’s Hibiki Ganaha).
Kadokawa Games executive producer Yoshimi Yasuda and Grasshopper Manufacture executive director Goichi Suda (Suda51) were invited as special guests on the show, and between the two of them they shared quite a few interesting nuggets on Killer is Dead’s development.
For instance, development for Killer is Dead actually started way before Lollipop Chainsaw, the previous game that both Yasuda and Suda worked on, was released.
“Development on Lollipop Chainsaw wasn’t going very smoothly. And so we we started thinking about Suda’s next game (Killer is Dead), how it should be like, and just began to work on that instead [of Lollipop Chainsaw]. This was a decision the two of us (Suda and Yasuda) just decided to make all on our own. We’ve been working on it way before Lollipop Chainsaw was released,” Yasuda said.
“Yes, we pretty much already made the game,” Suda chimed in.
That could explain why Killer is Dead was shown to the gaming press in such an impressive form so quickly (January 2013) after Lollipop Chainsaw’s release (June 2012).
Yasuda also said that the concept of letting the player take the role of an executioner was set in stone pretty long ago, as the concept behind the game was to basically to make the most dramatic entry “contract killer” game out there.
In doing so, they sort of didn’t expect that the game’s development cycle would take this long. (Which I’m speculating is why they decided to release Lollipop Chainsaw first.)
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Near the end of this episode, there’s a video demonstration of what the Gigolo Glasses will allow you to do.
Killer is Dead is slated to be released on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles August 27.