While Suda 51 is taking a major creativity sabbatical by working on Lollipop Chainsaw (cheerleaders and zombies, really?), his studio Grasshopper Manufacture is charging ahead with some more interesting game ideas. Specifically I'm referring to Black Knight Sword, a recently revealed side-scrolling action game born from the partnership between Grasshopper and Digital Reality.
The above video takes a while to get going (gameplay doesn't start until 2:26) but it's worth the wait. Black Knight Sword's side-scrolling levels take place on a puppet stage with a distinct paper cutout style. Think pre-Symphony of the Night Castlevania done in an art style that's one part Paper Mario and one part Okami, and you're most of the way there.
Oh yeah, and that's Akira Yamaoka, of Silent Hill composing fame, who is introducing the game. So if he's on board, you know there's reason to get excited.
Black Knight Sword will be coming to Xbox Live Arcade and PSN as Grasshopper Manufacture's first attempt at digital distribution, though no release date has been set yet.