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Grasshopper Manufacture’s quirky cult classic game Killer7 will finally be arriving on Steam later this year.
Killer7 was released on the Gamecube and PS2 in 2005. The game was written and directed by Goichi Suda, better known in the West as Suda51, creator of similarly quirky action games such as No More Heroes and Shadows of the Damned.
The game follows a group of assassins known as the Killer7, who are actually all physical manifestations of a man named Harman Smith, who can transform into one of his 7 different assassin personas to perform assassination contracts for the American government. Whilst doing this, they uncover various conspiracies regarding the government and the nature of the Killer7.
The gameplay is similarly unusual, being effectively a mixture of an arcade-style on-rails shooter and an adventure game. Killer7 received somewhat polarising reviews upon release, but acquired a loyal niche fanbase for its unique premise and gameplay. In addition, although the premise and gameplay were controversial, the highly stylised cel-shaded art direction and funky soundtrack help it age quite well in the visuals and sound department for a 13 year old game.
Let It Die, the free-to-play hack-and-slash PS4, also developed by Grasshopper Manufacture, recently had a crossover event with Killer7 where players could obtain Killer7-themed weapons, quests and rewards. This was possibly foreshadowing the reveal of the new Steam port, as otherwise Killer7 has not received any re-releases or ports since its initial release on the 7th generation of consoles.
The game’s Steam page gives no recommended hardware specifications, but does indicate that the game will be optimised for PC, and contain support for keyboard and mouse. Killer7’s Steam release is set to be in Spring for Australia.