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Lollipop Chainsaw Remake announced for 2023

After a tease last month, we have confirmation: Lollipop Chainsaw will be getting a full remake in 2023.

As announced by publisher Dragami Games, which is being helmed by the original game’s producer Yoshimi Yasuda, the game will be released worldwide next year, although an official title or platforms have not yet been announced. It will be developed by “a combination of development staff from the original version, including Yasuda as producer, and new development staff from Dragami Games.”

The game will aim to replicate the original, but Yasuda explained that the remake will have some key differences. Due to the power of the new generation hardware, the new game will offer “a more realistic graphics approach”. Less welcome to fans will be the news that music licensing issues mean that unlike the first game’s 16 licensed tracks in the remake, “apart from a few licensed tracks, the soundtrack will consist of new music”.

Juliet Starling in action in Lollipop Chainsaw. (Image: Dragami Games)

Juliet Starling in action in Lollipop Chainsaw. (Image: Dragami Games)

Yasuda teased that the game would make some sort of return last month to celebrate its 10th anniversary. The cult action game was released in 2012, and game director Suda51, film director James Gunn and Yasuda collaborated to present the story of Juliet Starling – a high school cheerleader caught amid a zombie outbreak.

Writing about the making of the original game and its new return, Yasuda stated, “Unfortunately, various factors have resulted in fans not being able to easily play Lollipop Chainsaw anymore, and it has been some time since players have not been able to access the game on current ones consoles.

“We, the original developers of Lollipop Chainsaw, consider the game very valuable to us and didn’t want to leave it in limbo where players who want to play it can’t. So we acquired the intellectual property of Lollipop Chainsaw from Kadokawa Games and decided to develop a remake. We have already contacted Warner Bros. regarding the development and have their support in this endeavor.”

The game has garnered a cult following, but in our 5/10 review, IGN said, “Lollipop Chainsaw doesn’t even try to stand out from the genre, and most of it does does Try new things in the realm of its characters, and the writing ultimately causes it to deviate from what was an incredible action game on paper.

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