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June 8, 2012 // 2:54 pm - Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Limited Content Producer Katy Macdonald has interviewed CEO Suda51 of Grasshopper Manufacture today who officially announced that Lollipop Chainsaw is hitting PS3 on June 15, 2012.

Below is the interview, to quote: On way our over to the Warner Bros. booth to check out superhero brawler Injustice: Gods Among Us and the zombie-blitzing Lollipop Chainsaw, we got a last minute phone call: Grasshopper Manufacture's Goichi "Suda51″ Suda had arrived at E3, would we like to interview him?

Seeing as this was the creative director behind such PlayStation classics as Killer7 and Shadows of the Damned, not to mention the forthcoming Lollipop Chainsaw itself, it was too good a chance to miss!

Here's what Suda51 had to say about the game, working with the creator of the Resident Evil series and his creative processes.

Where do you get the inspiration from for your off-the-wall characters?

Suda51: Well, first of all I think about gameplay and a story. I could be taking a bus somewhere and spot an interesting old man walking down the street. Maybe I start imagining his story. From there I go to think about more characters. There are so many ideas it's just a case of picking some and going with them. In this case it just happened to be cheerleaders with chainsaws.

And how do you fit the ideas of your team around your vision?

Suda51: This really was a collaborative effort. A lot of ideas come from the guys, and many of us think on the same wavelength - when I suggest a project they go away and think about how they can add to it. We have a big bank of ideas to draw from.

Why did you decide to focus on melee combat in Lollipop Chainsaw rather than guns?

Suda51: Because that's what we're good at! The close combat action I think would be ruined by having a handgun or a shotgun. Using your fists and a chainsaw, like Bruce Campbell in the Evil Dead movies, is much messier.

How do you decide the PlayStation trophies list? It must be a lot of fun coming up with that.

Suda51: I'd say it's one of the most enjoyable parts of building the game. As we incorporate a certain feature, we'll think, "This would make a great trophy to reward people with". Again, ideas for trophies come from the whole team. We design them so that they make you feel good.

Did you consider integrating PlayStation Move functionality with the game?

Suda51: Of course, it was something we thought about, but for the moment we decided to concentrate more on the game. So, not right now but we aren't ruling it out.

What did you learn from working with Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami, on Shadows of the Damned?

Suda51: It was great. We got on really well together both as creators and people - in fact I would call him a mentor. It was interesting seeing how he got his ideas across and the kinds of details he picks up on.

And do you think he learned anything from you?

Suda51: I wish! I can't wait to see his new game, Zwei.

Is there anybody else, either in or outside of the video games industry, that you'd like to work with?

Suda51: Working with [movie director and Lollipop Chainsaw co-writer] James Gunn was great. I found that whole area really melded together well with what we were trying to do. To move further in that direction would be fantastic.

Lollipop Chainsaw is out on PlayStation 3 on 15 June 2012.

Grasshopper Announces Lollipop Chainsaw Hits PS3 on June 15th

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#7 - miwaly - June 11, 2012 // 3:42 am
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thanks, waiting for this game

#6 - StanSmith - June 10, 2012 // 11:38 pm
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I played it yesterday. Interesting game. I doubt I'll finish it as its not my kind of game.

Its just another teenage girl killing zombies game. There was one a few years ago on the Wii which looks the same.

#5 - elser1 - June 10, 2012 // 4:21 am
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i'll wait till i've played thru for a walkthru. LOL no spoilers but after i finish i'll probably need a to mop up trophys for the platinum if its possible to get it and thats when a walkthu will be perfect. your matee is lucky to get it early. i saw my copy today in the shop, but of course the dude was just teasing me, and wouldn't let me have it yet grrr

#4 - niwakun - June 9, 2012 // 8:30 pm
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mine too, did pre-orederd before it was posted here. gonna grind some zombies then

#3 - oVERSoLDiER - June 9, 2012 // 4:47 pm
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Hehe, you can check it out here. This might be one of the first Walkthroughs.

#2 - elser1 - June 8, 2012 // 9:22 pm
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yeah i've got it preordered and looks kool. glad to hear it is good.. thanks mate

#1 - oVERSoLDiER - June 8, 2012 // 4:43 pm
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One of my mates got this game today from his retailer. He said this is awesome - a totally must-have.