It’s always a special time when we get to see a new game from Grasshopper Manufacture and its leader Suda51. This is the development studio responsible for Killer7, No More Heroes, Shadows of the Damned, Lollipop Chainsaw and a bunch of other games you just couldn’t imagine being made by any other development studio. Now it’s time to see what’s next for Suda and his team.

Let It Die is a very different type of game for Grasshopper. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still pretty crazy. But it’s also going to be a free-to-play game:

“We want players to know that we’re not going to force them to give us all their money. Say if you’re in an old style arcade you put in money when you want to. We want to make sure that it’s not pay to win. These monetisation aspects are more or less to shorten the grind of the game.

With that out of the way, Let It Die is a hack and slash action game where you start with nothing but your underwear. You’re in a mysterious tower that has appeared off the coast of Tokyo in the year 2027. Something bad has clearly happened and you need to get through this tower, which is populated by a multitude of horrific enemies.

How? Through extreme violence of course. You need to kill enemies to upgrade from your starting gear (y’know, the underwear) – you’ll get weapons, clothes and armour as you proceed through the tower. And because this is a Grasshopper Manufacture game, coins will shoot out of bad guys after you defeat them, presumably linked to purchasing gear for your character.

Let It Die also has a pseudo-multiplayer aspect to its gameplay, but in traditional Suda51 style it’s a bit different:

“In this game we have some asynchronous multiplayer elements and one of them is if you are to die somewhere in the tower, your character as you are decked out will appear in other players games, including your friends, and will be an enemy in their tower they’ll have to fight as well.”

Death will be a big part of Let It Die. When you die you’ll meet the Insurance Girl, a cute girl wearing a pink PVC leather outfit who will resurrect you at your current location. Die three times, however, and you’ll be punted back to the start as a new character. The tower itself is procedurally generated, meaning that no two playthroughs will be the same. Every time you make an assault on the tower you’re in for a different experience.

But of course, this is quintessentially a Grasshopper game. It’s action heavy, it features impressive boss fights, your tower guide is Death (wearing 3D spectacles) and your stamina is indicated by a floating heart. You heal yourself with frogs, use mushrooms as grenades and employ ridiculous weapons to kill your enemies in a gloriously over the top explosion of gore.

And did I mention you start the game with nothing but a pair of tighty whities?

Let It Die is coming out sometime in 2016 exclusively for Playstation 4.