Suda 51 Would Love A Killer 7 Remaster
May the Lord smile, and the devil have mercy.
It should be stressed that this is Suda’s hopes, not anything concrete – but Suda 51, director of No More Heroes, Fatal Frame 4, and Lolipop Chainsaw and writer of Shadows of the Damned and Killer is Dead, is hoping to bring one of his most classic titles to the remastered era: Killer 7. Bizzare, funny, and genuinely disturbing, Killer 7 is easily my favorite of his games, and its cell-shaded art style is something I’ve been hoping would get remastered. It would lend itself so well to higher resolution imagery, and it would stand out nicely in our age of high-detail, hyper-realistic games. Not to mention it would be wonderful for this long forgotten title of the GameCube/PS2 era to make a new splash, with a narrative that I would honestly put on the same level as Silent Hill 2 and Spec Ops: The Line. Not to mention it has one of gaming’s greatest soundtracks.
During a panel at PAX West, where Suda 51 was discussing a remastered version of one of his earliest games, The Silver Case, Suda mentioned that he wanted to go back and give more of his work the same treatment as well, specifically citing Killer 7 and that he would be approaching Capcom (who own the rights to the title, as they were the original publisher) to see if the project can be greenlit. My hopes are high, especially considering that Capcom has already expressed a commitment to remastering older titles (with the majority of the numbered Resident Evil games already out, and Dead Rising 1, 2, and Off The Record remasters coming this month), it seems like a no-brainer to maybe get this title out there too. On top of that, it seems like it would be a fairly easy game to remaster, given its art-style wouldn’t need any new hyper-detailed texture work to be re-done. It’s mostly flat color and lighting. In fact, the only thing that might be difficult is the game’s handful of anime cutscenes.
We’ll just have to wait and see, even if a deal is made, it’s probably over a year away. But you never know. We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed, that’s for sure.