Well it’s that time of year again–when game developers around the world converge upon San Francisco to share info, learn new techniques and bond over shots of Jager. The 2012 Game Developer’s Conference started off with a bang with last night’s Lollipop Chainsaw press event at Minna Gallery. Publisher Warner Bros. Interactive did it up right with a lifesize zombie-hippie bus, zombie catering staff, zombie-themed snacks and best of all — a hands-on demo of the game.
Lollipop Chainsaw looks on the surface, like just another excuse to dismember the undead. Last night’s demo proved that it’s actually a lot more. Featuring hilarious writing by screenwriter and director James Gunn, groovy semi-cel-shaded graphics, a super-sexy heroine and a slew of nostalgic minigames, this Lollipop Chainsaw’s set to be one of the weirdest and most entertaining games of the year.
Attendees at the event were seriously geeking out at the presence of Gunn as well as creative director Suda51, known for his work on Shadows of the Damned and Silent Hill composer Akira Yamaoka.The three of them seemed to particularly enjoy posing with their star–the fetching live action version of Lollipop Chainsaw heroine, Juliet Starling.
Lollipop Chainsaw is looking great at this point, with easy to use controls, fast-moving combat and plenty of suggestive, tongue-in-cheek humor. Most interesting of last night’s demo were the series of mini-games done in a neon/Tron-like style meant to pay homage to old school arcade games. The highlight of the evening however, had to be jamming Juliet’s boyfriends disembodied head (which Juliet keeps dangling from her belt) onto a conveniently placed zombie body and making him do a bizarre cheerleading routine. I mean, what twisted genius comes up wtih this stuff?
Lollipop Chainsaw is looking like a metric crap-ton of grotesquely gory fun but it won’t be available for another three months. The official release date is June 12th of this year, and when it comes out, we’ll be buzzing through zombies on both Xbox 360 and PS3.