After being teased last month, publisher Dragami Games has fully announced that they are developing a remake of the hack n’ slash title Lollipop Chainsaw.
The original game’s producer Yoshimi Yasuda will return for the remake alongside a combination of old staff from the original alongside new staff from Dragami Games.
In an article on IGN, Yasuda says that the game will aim to recreate the original but will also have a couple of key differences. The graphics will be more ‘realistic’ and unfortunately, the game will feature brand new music tracks to replace the licensed music from the original that will not be coming back (No more ‘Hey Mickey’ I suppose).
Lollipop Chainsaw is about a stereotypical teenage cheerleader named Juliet Starling, who just so happens to also be a professional zombie hunter. After a zombie outbreak at her high school, Juliet revs up her chainsaw to stop the ghouls alongside her faithful boyfriend Nick: a talking head that was severed from his body after getting bitten.
The game is known for being a collaboration between Yasuda, now acclaimed film director James Gunn who acted as a writer, and acclaimed game director Suda51 who acted as co-director. It doesn’t seem like either Suda or Gunn will be returning for the remake but Yasuda has made it clear that the team is passionate about remaking the game for modern audiences.
“Unfortunately, various factors resulted in things making it so that fans can no longer easily play Lollipop Chainsaw, and it has been some time since players have not been able to access the game on current consoles.”
“We, the original development staff on Lollipop Chainsaw, think of the game as very precious to us, and did not want to leave it in limbo, where players who want to play it cannot. As such, we purchased the Lollipop Chainsaw intellectual property from Kadokawa Games and decided to develop a remake. We have already contacted Warner Bros. about development, and are being supported by them in this endeavor.”
The original Lolipop Chainsaw is available for PS3 and Xbox 360. The Remake will launch in 2023, it has currently not been revealed what platforms it will be available for.