Lollipop Chainsaw Producer Clarifies Why They’re Making a Remake and What’s Changed in the New Version

A remake of the game Lollipop Chainsaw was announced a few days ago, and some fans raised certain concerns regarding some aspects of the game. Producer Yoshimi Yasuda came out with a statement clarifying a few things regarding its production.

What Is Lollipop Chainsaw

Lollipop Chainsaw is a hack-and-slash video game released in 2012. You play as Juliet Starling, an 18 year-old cheerleader/zombie hunter, who must stop a zombie outbreak from taking over the world. As the title implies, your main weapon of choice is a lollipop… Nah, it obviously a chainsaw.

The game was a joint effort between Japanese studios Kodokawa Games and Grasshopper Manufacture. The latter is the studio founded by Goichi Suda, a.k.a. Suda51, the creator of the No More Heroes series. One of the main writers for Lollipop Chainsaw was James Gunn, known as the director of the first two live-action Scooby-Doo movies and the Guardians of the Galaxy films. The game is being published by Warner Bros.

The Remake and Its Differences

As mentioned at the start, a remake of the game was announced on July 5th for 2023. However, while the remake will be developed by a team consisting of largely the same people as the original, it doesn’t involve either Gunn or Suda51. This, along with some other statements made with the original announcement, made some fans worry.

Yoshimi Yasuda, who worked on the original game and is a producer for the remake, released a statement earlier today to clear things up. You can read both the initial announcement and the new stuff down below, but here’s the gist of it (anything written in parentheses represents our own thoughts and interpretations):

  • The game is coming out in 2023.
  • The main reason for the remake is the fact that the game is hard to find for people who want to play it and don’t have a PS3 or Xbox 360, the consoles the game launched on.
  • The reason this is a remake and not a remaster is because a number of licensed tracks can no longer be put in the game due to licensing issues. (Feel like having a remaster with a different soundtrack would’ve sufficed)
  • The story of the game and the aesthetic, including the character design for Juliet, will remain the same.
  • While the original announcement made reference to “a more realistic approach to graphics”, this has been clarified to mean that they’ll make use of modern hardware for rendering.
  • While the devs haven’t discussed this with platform holders, they intend to make the game as close to the original as possible, without any forms of censorship. (don’t read too much into this, it’s just a statement to relieve worries from fans, but likely formulated that way for legal reasons)

What do you think of this remake? Will it be able to recreate the original, or will it stumble on zombie bits on the way there? Let us know in the comments below!

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