Lollipop Chainsaw RePOP remake delayed until summer 2024

The remake of James Gunn and Suda51’s Lollipop Chainsaw is still going ahead but neither of them are involved in the new version.

2012’s Lollipop Chainsaw was a fine action game, with a fun script by Guardians Of The Galaxy director James Gunn, but it was barely successful at the time and seemed to be quickly forgotten by all involved, which made recent talk of a remake seem very unlikely.

It is definitely happening though, despite the fact that neither Gunn or director Goichi ‘Suda51’ Suda are working on it. Although remake developer Dragami Games was founded by former Suda51 cohort Yoshimi Yasuda, who was executive producer on the original.

The remake has a name now – Lollipop Chainsaw RePOP – and a rough release date, but there’s still not been any footage and it remains unclear how much it will change or improve on the original.

‘Although development of RePOP was carried out with the intention of a 2023 release, our commitment to providing the best possible quality experience to our players led us to making the hard decision to extend the development period in order to ensure this,’ said Yasuda on Twitter, as translated by Gematsu.

‘We sincerely apologise to all who had been waiting for the latest instalment in the Lollipop Chainsaw series, and kindly ask for your understanding in this matter.’

Although it’s not surprising to find that Gunn isn’t involved, considering he’s now in charge of the entire DC Comics cinematic (and video game) universe, he hasn’t seemed to pleased that he was never approached about the remake, and only heard about it second-hand.

At first it seems surprising that Suda51 isn’t helping out, as it’s one of his most commercially successful games, but his studio Grasshopper Manufacture currently has three unannounced projects in development, once of which is described as an action game on a larger scale than anything he’s worked on before.

Apart from some concept artwork, one of which involves a man covered in chainsaws and wielding a chainsaw sword, there’s no indication of what any of the games are, but since Grasshopper were bought by Chinese giant Netease Games that explains where he’s suddenly got all the time and money from.

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