Kill la Kill the Game: IF Will Be an Extension of the Anime
The recently announced video game adaptation of Studio Trigger’s over-the-top anime Kill la Kill will be landing on PlayStation 4 and PC in 2019. Not only that, a trailer for the game is now available, and it’s going to make its public demo debut at popular fighting game tournament EVO 2018 this August.
Kill la Kill the Game: IF is being developed by Japanese studio APlus and published by Arc System Works, who recently developed Dragon Ball FighterZ. As for APLUS, their most recent game is Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time, which looked pretty close to its source material.
A recent IGN interview with Studio Trigger’s Hiromi Wakabayashi revealed that the game’s original story is being handled by Kill la Kill scriptwriter Kazuki Nakashima, who wants the game to feel like an extension of the anime.
“I think there can be a lot fans can expect from the story,” Wakabayashi said. “It’s not a continuation of the anime or a new anime by any means, but it is a very deep look into the story that’s done by Nakashima-san himself.”
APLUS’ Hideaki Mizota also addressed fan concerns stemming from the developer’s most recent game, Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time, which wasn’t very well-received. But Mizota says there is nothing to worry about, claiming that Bandai Namco’s priority with Little Witch was selling and promoting the game, while Arc System Works is different.
“In the case of Bandai Namco, for better or for worse and I don’t mean this in any negative way, but even if the game’s quality and gameplay design wasn’t really that high, Bandai Namco wouldn’t say much,” he said. “I cannot say the same of Arc System Works. As soon as they didn’t like a mechanic or a system – in fact, I have a story.”
“Our company is located in Osaka, but when [the game] wasn’t fun on the first build, they brought a part of my team to Yokohama where Arc’s office is and we were locked into a room for three months with Team Red, the Guilty Gear team, to learn how to better create these forms of expression [in a 3D space] and just game design”
Kill la Kill the Game: IF is due for release in 2019 for PC and PlayStation 4