Lollipop Chainsaw Remake’s Juliet looks a little different in latest image

Dragami Games posted a New Year’s tweet on January 1 that featured an image showing Juliet, the protagonist of Lollipop Chainsaw Remake (tentative title), which is due to be released this year. However, a number of the game’s fans have noticed some subtle differences in Juliet’s appearance when compared to the original game.

Tweet Translation:
Happy New Year 2023
Dragami Games hopes to have your continued support this year, including for the release of Lollipop Chainsaw Remake!!!

Lollipop Chainsaw is a horror comedy action game that was released in 2012 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The game is set in a Californian high school and stars protagonist Juliet, a zombie hunter who must battle her classmates after they are turned into zombies. Juliet destroys these zombies by wielding the game’s titular chainsaw and using a variety of nimble cheerleading moves.

Yoshimi Yasuda, the CEO of Dragami Games, served as producer on the original Lollipop Chainsaw. His company obtained the rights to the Lollipop Chainsaw IP from Kadokawa Games in 2022 and began development on a remake.

Regarding the remake, it was announced that some of the game’s music will be replaced with new tracks, and that they will make use of the advanced rendering technology available in current game consoles to refine the graphics. Neither Goichi Suda, executive director of the original version, nor James Gunn, who wrote the game’s story, will be involved with the remake.      

Dragami Games has shared a number of screenshots since the remake was announced, but this new image has especially drawn a lot of attention because Juliet’s pose is identical to an image of Juliet that was released when the original version was announced back in 2011. In other words, the new image is a perfect opportunity to compare the two versions of Juliet.

Looking at the two images, you can see that the majority of features, from her pose to her hair, are identical. On the other hand, her face gives off quite a different impression. The makeup around her eyes is different, and it appears that her eyebrows are lower. Her lower lip also seems to be thinner than in the original. Furthermore, her skin tone appears to be fairer, and the new image has fewer shadows, which contributes to creating a different feel.

There were mixed opinions regarding the changes from users on ResetEra, with some believing that the new Juliet looks much better, while others prefer how she looked in the original version. Of course, we still don’t know for sure whether this is the model of Juliet that will be used in the remake. Yasuda did mention in July of last year that they do not intend to change the game’s aesthetics or     Juliet’s design, but we will have to wait for the game to be officially unveiled before we know anything definitive.

As an aside, this comparison brings to mind the box art for the Japanese release of the Xbox 360 game Perfect Dark Zero (image below). On the Japanese cover, the game’s female protagonist has a lighter skin tone and there are fewer shadows in the image. It could be possible that the original Lollipop Chainsaw artwork was created in a style that would appeal to western audiences.

Written by. Marco Farinaccia based on the original Japanese article (original article’s publication date: 2023-01-05 21:58 JST)