Grasshopper Manufacture’s Goichi “Suda51″ Suda recently got a lot of people excited at the 2013 Taipei Game Show when he suggested that the developer was “undecided” when it would come to a Vita port of Killer is Dead. The thought of the forthcoming PS3 and Xbox 360 game also showing up on the Vita probably hadn’t even occurred to a lot of gamers. However, the idea is now out there and the more I think about it, it’s a really good one. It’s one that everyone involved with Killer is Dead should consider because it appearing on another platform could benefit the developer, Sony and Vita owners.
The most important argument for a Vita port of Killer is Dead is that it needs games. The Vita library isn’t terrible, especially if someone taps into PSP games and PSOne Classics, but it could be a lot better. Having a strong game like Killer is Dead from a respected developer like Grasshopper Manufacture would go a long way in inspiring faith in the Vita. People trust Suda51 games. Even if one of the company’s games isn’t a huge success, they usually find some love by becoming a cult classic. I’d love a new cult classic game on my system!
We keep hearing how the Vita is providing a console experience on a handheld system. We’ve seen games, like Gravity Rush and Uncharted: Golden Abyss, which prove it. What would help add credence to that argument is a port of Killer is Dead. Vita owners getting it at the same time as, but more likely shortly after, would prove that the system is capable of really high end games that would normally only be available on a console. It would especially help if Killer is Dead showed up on only the PS3, Xbox 360 and Vita and skipped the Wii U.
Not to mention that the Vita is in need of more Mature games. I’m not saying the system needs it just for the sake of saying that it has them and, as such, is targeting the hardcore audience. I’m saying it would help diversify the library. Right now, I think of general audience RPGs and music games when I think of the Vita. It’s probably because I have Persona 4 Golden, DJ Max Technika Tune, Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F, Disgaea 3 and Virtue’s Last Reward greeting me on the homescreen whenever I turn the system on. Having a stylish action game geared towards adults like Killer is Dead on the system would really help switch things up.
Of course, the main reason anyone would probably want Killer is Dead on as many platforms as possible is because it looks like a good game. As you’ve seen from the screenshots throughout this article, it’s got that Suda51 style. The concept, an Executioner named Mondo Zappa hunts down the world’s most dangerous criminals, sounds like it has the potential to be as over-the-top as Lollipop Chainsaw. Not to mention the name, Killer is Dead, seems like it could be referencing Killer7, one of Suda51’s best games. Killer is Dead has potential and something like
Grasshopper Manufacture may be undecided, but it’s hope the developer gets the go ahead to take a chance on a Vita port of Killer is Dead. It wouldn’t just be a good opportunity for the game and the system, it would also be a very good thing for Vita owners around the world. We need more games, and we’d like Killer is Dead to be one of them.