Confirming the rumors that XSEED would localize Killer is Dead for North American audiences is a press release from Kadokawa Games. The press release states, “KADOKAWA GAMES today announced a partnership with XSEED Games to bring ‘KILLER IS DEAD’ to North America… ‘KILLER IS DEAD’ is expected to launch worldwide in Summer 2013 for PlayStation®3 and Xbox 360.” Killer is Dead will be released in European territories by Deep Silver.
In addition to Killer is Dead, XSEED will be releasing Pandora’s Tower (the last of the three “Operation Rainfall” games) for Wii, Rune Factory 4 for Nintendo’s 3DS, Ys: Memories of Celceta and Valhalla Knights 3 for PlayStation Vita, and remakes of the first two Ys games for PC this year.
Goichi Suda’s (Suda51) game development studio Grasshopper Manufacture has been acquired by Japanese game publisher GungHo Online Entertainment (GOE). Grasshopper Manufacture is known for the No More Heroes franchise, Killer 7, and Shadows of the Damned among others. Their most recent retail release was 2012’s Lollipop Chainsaw. Grasshopper is currently developing Killer is Dead for release in Japan this year with Xseed Games rumored to be localizing the game for American audiences. GOE’s acquisition of Grasshopper will not affect the development of titles currently being made by Grasshopper with the official press release stating: “Titles already in development at the studio before the acquisition will not be affected by the deal and will continue under their current publishing terms.”