Lollipop Chainsaw has shipped more units than any game Grasshopper Manufacture has produced, including Shadows of the Damned, No More Heroes and Killer7.
The news was revealed at the Lollipop Chainsaw Summer Appreciation Festival event on Saturday, as reported by Andriasang. Japanese publisher Kadokawa Games said the zombie action title has shipped over 700,000 units, with Grasshopper boss Goichi Suda confirming that beats the developer’s records to date.
Note that the figure represents games sent to retailers, not necessarily sold – but retail demand is considered an important factor in measuring a game’s success.
Grasshopper Manufacture has earned something of a reputation for producing cult hits which are well-received by critics and fans but fail to perform strongly at retail. Its next game, Killer is Dead, is due in 2013 on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 but has not yet secured a western publisher.
Grasshopper Manufacture reportedly showed a trailer of the new game at the event, which showed a male character with a cyborg arm and katana, and will be cell shaded alá No More Heroes. The developer isn’t saying much about the game at present but Suda said the game will have lots of attractive women and tell a new assassin’s story in the tradition of Killer7 and No More Heroes.