The remastered PC port of Grasshopper Manufacture’s cult classic shooter Killer 7 was released on Steam today with surprisingly little fanfare. The port was announced earlier this year and was developed by NIS America.
Although the release date for the game was nebulous, the bizarre, arthouse GameCube/PS2 game from auteur game designer Suda51 is now on Steam for $20. There is also a 10% discount for a limited time.
Killer7 was the first game from Suda51 and Grasshopper Manufacture to make its way to North America, and it is still the only game that Suda51 had complete creative control over.
In the years since its release, the game has become a cult classic because of its hybrid gameplay, unique presentation, and highly unconventional, intentionally vague story loaded with mature and disturbing subject matter.
In the game, players assume various roles within Killer 7, a group of mysterious shapeshifting assassins who are the United States’ only line of defense against a deadly terrorist cell called the Heaven Smile. In a world where nuclear weapons and international airport travel have been completely decommissioned, global conflict has slowed to a crawl. However, intrigue between Japan and the U.S. could lead to enormous nuclear devastation.
The game kickstarted Suda51’s career in the West and solidified his and Grasshopper’s initial fanbase.