Following a tease last month, it's been confirmed a full remake of PS3 game Lollipop Chainsaw is in development. It will have "a more realistic approach to graphics" and is being produced by a combination of the original team and new staff members. No platforms have been confirmed just yet, but it's probably safe to say there'll be at least a PS5 version.
A single screenshot from the remake has been released, which you can view above. Then, in an article over on IGN, it's explained the licensed soundtrack from the original will not return in its full form. Besides a few licensed tracks, "the soundtrack will consist of new music". This is almost certainly due to licensing issues.
The game's original creative director, Suda51, doesn't appear to be returning to help out with the project either. Instead, development is headed up by producer Yoshimi Yasuda under his new company Dragami Games. Yasuda was also the producer of the PS3 cult classic, and is joined by "a combination of development staff from the original version [...] and new development staff from Dragami Games".
In our Lollipop Chainsaw PS3 review from way back in June 2012, we awarded the game a 7/10 and concluded: "While it won't win any best-of-genre awards, Grasshopper does a lot right with Lollipop Chainsaw. Once the core combat finds its rhythm and comes into its own, Juliet's first outing is a solid take on the beat-em-up with a killer comic book aesthetic, memorable characters and genuinely funny writing."
This is one of those dumb games I used to avoid back then. Think I'll appreciate them more nowadays.
While we're at it, remake Deadly Premonition as well!
New Music, changed Artstyle and probably a lot of stuff censored at least on Playstation. Eeeh no thanks.
Did think the music would cause some issues when they teased the remake a few weeks ago. Been wanting to replay this for a while.
I miss this game back then, if the remake is good I guess I'll get this game now
That hurts. The original had an absolutely killer soundtrack. I get music rights are ridiculous but that's a shame. I am also pretty concerned it's going to get heavily censored at least on Playstation. Still cool to see this come back in some capacity though!
Will be interesting to see how this turns out but if stuff is cut will just stick with my PS3 disc copy
I miss these types of zany weird games from the 360 PS3 era, one of the only companies that makes these sought of things are Spike Chunsoft, but those are all VN's. They should remaster Shadows of the Damned while they're at it!
OMG yes! So happy, I hope they do the same for Shadows of the damned.
@IonMagi oh noes. Not the evil Sony censorship.
@naruball Yeah, the evil censorship by Sony that forces Devs to change the colour of Blood to Pink in an M rated Game. Or makes Devs patch out Cutscenes were Blood dripps to the floor. Or risque Scenes in also Mature rated Games. Not sure why anyone would defend this 🙃. (And obviously Sonys own Games can be super gory lol)
Love this game, can't wait to see what they do with it.
Ps3 edition is currently 30 quid in CEX. With this announcement it will probably double in price.
@IonMagi Yeah, they censor a butt in a game - DMC 5 - but leave a sex scene in a first party game - Last of Us 2. This is one of the things, as an adult, that bothers me on Sony, even Nintendo is better than them in that sense, and has less censorship than Sony.
Awesome! This is one of the games that I've been hoping for a remake or remaster for years.
@Gbarsotini You can also brutally murder People in Tlou 2, GoT and more but Doki Doki Literatur Club wasnt allowed to have...red Blood.
I'm not surprised they're re-doing the music. The original was a copyright nightmare.
@IonMagi yes, it's bizarre, everyone can see the hypocrisy on Sony´s part, no wonder many developers, mostly Japanese, are abandoning their preference for Sony when developing games.
Considering all the stages/bosses were music themed, this to me sounds like they're completely missing the point. Just leave the game be instead of bringing it back as a zombie(!), if you're not going to do it right.
@get2sammyb Me too. I also can't help thinking what an amazing B Movie it would make too. In the style of Zombieland or even Machete.
Ima leave my PS3 copy sealed then. Will wait for this.
@IonMagi I actually like the pink for blood in Danganronpa, looks cool!
@GorosBat Sure, the DDL Devs didnt envision this for their Game tho but had no choice but to censor it
This is amazing news!
Yeah, this censoring of M-rated games is ridiculous. Makes the rating system pointless. I also hate the disingenuous 'it doesn't change the gameplay!' argument because that can easily be used the other way around. M-rated games shouldn't be censored, if somebody doesn't like the content they don't have to play it.
We'll see what happens here. I'm not confident Sony (or MS for that matter) will let certain content get through but would love to be wrong and will buy the remake day one if I am. Doubt we'll ever see a sequel so this is the next best thing.
Lack of licensed music is a concern, too. For some people it probably wasn't a big deal but I thought removing just one song, Heavenly Star, changed the experience quite a bit in the No More Heroes 1 Switch port.
Nice, I'd been wanting to try this out. As long as they don't mess up the remake, I'll give it a go.
Cool. Always meant to try this game but never got around to it. I’ll have to see what they mean by “more realistic approach to graphics” before I decide though. On PlayStation at least.
@GorosBat Danganronpa's pink blood looks good because that's how it was originally designed. It isn't pink due to censorship, rather artistic design.
Here's hoping PlayStation doesn't censor it but that's sadly unlikely
@Milktastrophe Wrong person bud 😀
I liked the game back on 360, but I have mixed feelings about this remake. I’ll wait to see how it turns out.
I agree, that era had tons of great AA games, which is where I would put this game.
Everything is so cookie cutter these days In regards to AAA games. I definitely feel a drastic drop in odd yet fun games like we had on the 360/PS3. The best we have now are indie games.
Indie devs have definitely stepped up to fill the void. Definitely agree about the lack of 'AA' or 'B' games from bigger companies, though. I miss the days when we could get a sports game with all the professional licenses but a more 'arcadey' feel or something like Ridge Racer (which has been gone far too long and in recent entries totally devoid of what made the series special). I get that the time, money and other resources it takes to make games in the current environment plays a huge role in that but it's still discouraging.
Can't wait for this even if I'm a bit worried about the new soundtrack which was fantastic! That said if the game is censored in anyway on Playstation I will just opt for the PC version even if I prefer getting trophies.
@Gbarsotini That DMC 5 butt censorship was not Sony's fault at all and even got patched out later on. Now what is Sony's fault is the censorship of Martha is Dead and is *****.
Here's hoping they have least have James Gunn aboard for the script (If they plan on making changes.)
@IonMagi Wasnt it that you still see the scène but you cant play it cutting of someone face.
@MacRider What was there to censor even that weird trophy is where put her own hand before her panties. 🤪
Not if i listen to his own explanation.
@Flaming_Kaiser I completely forgot about the trophy
"a more realistic approach to graphics"
Sony will tone down the sexuality lol, can't satisfy that evil male gaze now can we?
@MacRider I really felt like a dirty boy. 🤪
this is one of the last true ps3/360 era games still trapped on the old hardware as it never received a pc port. i completed it last year funny enough and had a good time. so long as your expectations are in check, it will provide a lot of enjoyment (including some jenk of course). if you are the type of person who enjoyed shadows of the damned or other suda51 games, this is a no brainer. at the time of its release, i looked down on these types of games and would not give them the time of day, but i have since then exposed myself to more diverse gaming experiences and sometimes like the "B movie" cringe that these games are known for. they are charming to be sure. one thing to note is that james gunn was one of the writers — long before he hit it big with guardians of the galaxy.
I’m in as I’ve never played the original.
@Resi32 I’m not sure about the exact monetary conversion into U.S. dollars, but 30 quid seems cheap. It sells for between $65 and $70 for a used copy on eBay. And there are dozens that have sold at that price. A factory sealed copy goes for $150. Crazy.
This is concerning. I'm glad the old team is working on it. But censorship is a very high probability on ps. Pso made it through so who knows? Maybe this has a chance? But these guys don't have the same pull as sega so it's going to take a miracle if this catches sonys eyes.
@RedRiot193 suda is not involved so hard to say how this will turn out. if they do a 1:1 remake i'm sure it will be fine, though.
Well I think this is utterly Sterling news! This was one of those quirky gems that made me absolutely love the PS3.. I must have completed it half a dozen times. If its heavily censored on PS5 but not on Series X, I'll pick it up there instead as I do with most games these days. Some things deserve to just be stupid fun without an agenda!
Because once wasn’t enough? Yikes
I am down to rebuy this, especially on the Xbone, can't trust Sony with their censorship.
Amazing news, I'll def buy the remake at some point!
@BoldAndBrash Personally I'd rather they remake Shadow of the Damned next.
Yes! Can't wait!! ^^
@IonMagi the absolute horror! I'm surprised you even game on ps consoles anymore. I mean pink colour instead of red? Outrageous, I tellz ya.
@IonMagi Looking up Kaine's panties in the Nier series really got their ideal from this game... Much respect.. btw im NOT a perv...
@IonMagi OMG i can just imagine all of the trolls that will come out and want this game banned because of misogynistic overtones, and over sexualizing cheerleaders (when we see these types at football games every monday night during the season) "GASPPPPP!!" (clutching pearls)
Considering Suda51 and James Gunn aren't appearently involved in the remake (https://www.videogameschronicle.com/news/suda51-james-gunn-lollipop-chainsaw-remake/), I'm a bit worried so I try to be cautiously optimistic right now.
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