What do you get when you mix the creator of No More Heroes, the director of Resident Evil 4, and the composer for Silent Hill? Probably something crazy.
EA’s pre-TGS press conference closed with a big announcement from Japanese game company Grasshopper Manufacture. Suda51, director of No More Heroes, will join forces with Resident Evil 4 director Shinji Mikami to produce a new psychological action thriller: Shadows of the Damned. Music will come courtesy of Silent Hill sound director Akira Yamaoka.
Stemming from a deal announced a few months ago, Grasshopper Manufacture will partner with EA to distribute the game.
Sharing the stage in Tokyo’s Keio Plaza hotel, the three men waxed lyrical about each other’s genius. Suda praised Mikami’s influence on the gameplay mechanics, hailing him as the “… No.1 game creator in the industry”, while Mikami paid homage to Suda’s distinctive visual style. Both agreed that no one but Yamaoka could have scored the game, and Yamaoka admitted that his “… creativity had definitely been ignited” from working with the other two. “This is the greatest game I have ever worked on in my lifetime,” said Suda.
So what about the game? The teaser trailer revealed our hero, Garcia Hotspur. Covered in scars and tattoos, his rings and guns adorned with skulls, its safe to say he’s the bad-ass type. Not to mention that he rides a motorbike.
Garcia’s lady love Paula has been abducted by underworld demons and its up to our man to fight his way in to the depths of hell to rescue her, all guns blazing. The trailer appears to show Garcia literally kicking in the gates of hell, bellowing “Let the blood bath begin!” Tongue firmly in cheek, Suda clarified that this is not a romance game but a psychological action thriller. Battles with hordes of grotesque demons await, but we are promised some lighter moments as well.
No word on a release date yet.
TGS 2010 reporting is done jointly by Fintan Monaghan and Lisa Gay.