After initially announcing a remaster of the cult PS3 title, Lollipop Chainsaw RePOP is now getting a remaster instead, according to Dragami Games founder Yoshimi Yasuda.
In a post on X (formerly Twitter), Yasuda said, “We have changed the game design of RePOP from Remake to Remaster based on your requests!”
While the message is simple, many are baffled at what the shift from a remake to a remaster entails. However, it is quite telling that it may have something to do with wanting to make the game as close to the original as possible. Something that remaking the game may deviate from if built from the ground up instead of just touching up on existing material.
Apart from the announcement of the shift to remaster, it is also announced that the game will feature new songs after failing to secure 16 of the licensed songs from the original, and have a “more realistic” design. Yasuda clarified the latter as merely leveraging current graphics rendering technology to enhance the now-remaster’s visual quality. But co-writer James Gunn and original creative director Suda51 will unfortunately not be getting involved.
Last summer, Yasuda was quoted as saying that the intent for the then-remake project is not to make a new Lollipop Chainsaw game. Rather, it is to make the game accessible to today’s audience.
Sharing the fans’ passion for the game’s story, Yasuda further said that the development staff share the same sentiment. Therefore, “the story will not be changed in the remake”.