Shadows of the Damned dropping June 7

EA-published psychological action thriller from Suda 51 and Shinji Mikami will arrive in the midst of E3, according to Grasshopper's Twitter.

More and more, game companies are eschewing press releases and using Twitter to make major announcements. Case in point: This evening, Japanese developer Grasshopper Manufacture used its English-language Twitter feed to announce that its upcoming psychological action thriller, Shadows of the Damned, will ship on June 7. Though no territory was specified, the date is a Tuesday, when games typically ship in the North American market. It is also the first day of this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo.

Shadows of the Damned will curse the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on June 7.

First revealed--but not named--during an Electronic Arts showcase in August 2008, Shadows of the Damned is in development at Grasshopper under the supervision of famed designers Goichi Suda--often referred to as Suda 51--and Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami. It is EA's first time publishing a game from a Japanese developer and will be made for a worldwide audience "with North America and Europe in mind," according to EA Games president Frank Gibeau.

Shadows of the Damned tells the story of Garcia Hotspur, who goes on a trip to hell to save his true love, Paula. "But this isn't a romance game," Suda 51 said of the title at last year's Tokyo Game Show. Mikami echoed his comments, saying the game has a "punk-rock edge and Suda 51's trademark style in the game." Previous Suda 51 games include Killer7 and No More Heroes. It will have a soundtrack composed by Akira Yamaoka, who wrote the score for the Silent Hill series.

Shadows of the Damned was initially announced for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, and PC. However, during TGS, only the PS3 and 360 versions were mentioned. Today's Twitter announcement did not reference any platforms.

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55 comments
youngsexynerd
youngsexynerd

i am not a shooter fan but i will get this because of the great names behind it and it should be pretty unique an creative, and also deus ex, these will be just about the only shooters i will have

elbert_b_23
elbert_b_23

nothing new this is around the date that gamestop has had for the past month

ultimameteora
ultimameteora

I hope they aren't rushing this game, I thought it was supposed come out in the fall.

iRaInOnPaRaDeS
iRaInOnPaRaDeS

Oh hex yeah! Been waiting on this for quite awhile since I saw it in a GI mag. Considering I've been following Suda 51 since Killer7, I know this game will not dissapoint me.

DEATH775
DEATH775

I'm definitely getting this game

mattg90520
mattg90520

I hope this game tries to include horror elements. IT better freak me out with psychological horror (Silent Hill is an example of this style) like its claiming, though it looks more action horror. Either way, I hope it creeps me out and isnt just over the top insanity (Id love it to be both, though)

hunter8man
hunter8man

Wait, a Suda 51 game with Akira Yamaoka doing the soundtrack? Nerd-gasm!

mattg90520
mattg90520

Geeze, my June/July period keeps getting fuller and fuller. Child of Eden sometime in June, Catherine in July, and this now in early June, though I cant complain. If there are two things I love in video games, its horror and wierd Japanesiness.

IdolConverge
IdolConverge

Seems like I can always count on Suda 51, and seeing as how Shinji Mikami, fresh off of Vanquish is helping, I have faith this will be good.

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

@magicianhunter I am so sick of western military shooters. you have no idea who I am. (I do love battle field though). I live in Japan and the longer you live here the more you realize Japan is stuck in creative stagnate. EVERYTHING is the same. Very few Japanese game designers make orignal games for anything but for Japanese people. Atuls has been great in resent years breaking the mold of the "Japanese" game. 3d dot heros and demon souls are great example of GLOBAL games. too many games are coming from japan and they Japanese don't know how to do anything but make games for Japanese people, and its boring. Look at the new devil may cry. skinny little dork flying around totally ignoring the laws of phycis. ugggg. dragon ball. naruto, bayoneta. its the same fighting styles. flying around magically and hitting like a steam engine for no reason. just dont care for 50% of the games coming out of japan. why do you think Japanese game makers are quitting big companies like capcom. for the exact same reason. they are saying the same thing I am. japan is 10 years behind in many areas of the gaming industry.

Eclipse-015
Eclipse-015

Heck yeah Suda-51 is the man, this game is gonna be sick!

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

@Tor Thorsen This isn't the first time EA have published a game made by a Japanese developer. They published Soukyugurentai, which was developed by Raizing, on the Saturn back in '97. I'm really looking forward to SotD. I love the games made by both these guys.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Wow I let this game nearly slip by, but it's on my radar now. Some people complain about the proliferation of zombies and the like, but I'm getting burned out on shooting terrorists, etc. I'd rather shoot zombies and/or demons than most anything else nowadays.

Forcecaster
Forcecaster

@Marasca2 There's still hope my friend. :)

pszone
pszone

ill pass on this because im getting slient hill 8 and reboot devil may cry but im not looking and keep playing restient evil series. Im looking for a new horror title but this isnt it so i pass

Marasca2
Marasca2

so, is it going to be released for pc or not? damn you ea and your console exclusive games

gamingfrendly
gamingfrendly

it looks like this game is going to be a nice one to play.

red-ray
red-ray

Totally dante's inferno in story but I've got a good feeling about this.

pesh_fury
pesh_fury

DMC meets Dante's Inferno but who cares it may be even better

da_chub
da_chub

day 1 purchase for me. No more Heroes 1,2 and Killer 7 are all great games...just out there. this will be as well.

isaacmj
isaacmj

I know this won't be an horror game. It's going to be something completely over the top ridiculous. I mean, it's Suda51! I want something completely crazy and I know I'll get it.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

"Shadows of the Damned tells the story of Garcia Hotspur, who goes on a trip to Hell to save his true love, Paula." This sounds like the plot of Dante's Inferno.....

dexter_graves
dexter_graves

The journalist made an error, plain and simple. Electronic Arts has imported Japanese games before. They had a vested in interest in Square, owned a sizable portion of their stock and ran their U.S. localization operation.

RaIn285
RaIn285

With all the great games I think im going to play them while everybody is outside

pokecharm
pokecharm

this is def. on my 'to buy' list, but how many twitter/FB's can I follow/like! This might be really promising, so I am going to etch the date in my mind...wish I could go to E3...

Venom_Raptor
Venom_Raptor

@magicianhunter Those names mean nothing to me, I'll wait for actual gameplay, that's the only thing that'll convince me. I doubt I'll bother with it anyway with all the other games I'll be getting or renting which look better imo

magicianhunter
magicianhunter

@Venom_Raptor Really?Reading the names Mikami,Suda and Yamaoka and thats the only thing you have to say?That you'l wait for reviews? @inaka_rob Enjoy your western military shooters then.

jinilthedon
jinilthedon

Oh!Jeez!Please this game may not be on the pc and concentrate more on the consoles part dev's,specifically xbox 360 and PS3,Action adventure games like this sells like sh*t on pc,dont wanna get disappointed thats all...

QtrArt
QtrArt

Great new horror

Altaireed
Altaireed

What about Kingdoms of Amalur?

DethSkematik
DethSkematik

I also want a PC version...what can I say, I'm getting tired of having to hook up my consoles to a monitor everytime something awesome comes out that didn't make it to PC (yes, I don't have a television, can you believe that? :?) :P.

tyskenfan
tyskenfan

Looks nice, but I am sceptical

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

Why not mention the wii as a platform for it? They better not make it PS3 and 360 only. How disappointing.

wiidsduelpack
wiidsduelpack

Looks like Greek mythology. Think I know the story

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

i hope this game is not too Japanese. I am getting really sick of Japanese feeling games like Bayoneta.

Botodile
Botodile

Also, I hope they still release a PC version. It would be a catastrophic affair if it were to be canceled. But who knows, maybe this will be better suited for consoles. Stay tuned until next time.

Botodile
Botodile

SUDA FOR PRESIDENT. I am so excited for this game.

Nodyoxide
Nodyoxide

How much is enough for you EA ?!! I mean how many awesome games do you release every year ?!

SovietKitteh
SovietKitteh

My eye will remain squinted; thoroughly examining this game.

dexter_graves
dexter_graves

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x_Xarion_x
x_Xarion_x

I'm keeping an eye on this, Suda does good work