Sounds like a game where a skimpily clad cheerleader slaughters zombies with a chainsaw was a pretty big hit. Go figure! Either that or a lot of guys fantasize about being a disembodied head strapped to their girlfriend’s waistband.
Creative Director Goichi Suda announced at a Summer Appreciation Event that Lollipop Chainsaw is now Grasshopper Manufacture’s largest game ever, shipping a respectable 700,000 units worldwide. While not overly impressive on the scale of the industry, it’s not a bad figure considering the studio generally releases small cult hits loved by fans and ignored by just about everyone else.
Besides starring the most overplayed motif in horror gaming history, Lollipop Chainsaw‘s success can also be attributed to the fat wads of cash put into marketing. For some reason, publisher Warner Bros. must have felt they had a hit on their hands, going so far as to attract Hollywood talent to do the voice acting in a Suda 51 game…a little weird, but whatever. That, or they just wanted to show they’re one of the cool kids despite everyone knowing he’s the rich spoiled kid up the road who throws around fistfuls money to fix his problems.
Our impressions of the game can be found here. It’s a decent little hack ‘n slash that can be played in between the big releases if you’re down for mindless fun. Personally, I would rather be writing about Warner Bros. putting their weight behind Grasshopper’s best game Killer7 and making it the hit it deserved to be, but it’s a different world these days I guess.
Also shown at the Lollipop Chainsaw Summer Appreciation Event was a trailer for Grasshopper’s latest game, Killer Is Dead. Nothing is really out there on the game yet besides a few screenshots, but it will be for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and it has not yet secured an American publisher. Someone get that rich kid on the phone again.