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Grasshopper Manufacture acquired by Japanese publisher GungHo

Grasshopper Manufacture has been acquired by Japanese publisher GungHo Online Entertainment for an undisclosed fee.

GungHo, which is also the parent company of Tenchu developer Acquire, specialises in publishing online multiplatform games and is best known for its popular MMORPG Ragnarok Online and mobile game Puzzle & Dragons.

Grasshopper founder Goichi ‘Suda51’ Suda and his team will continue to work at the studio, which has developed titles including Killer 7, No More Heroes, Lollipop Chainsaw and Shadows of the Damned. Games already in development before the acquisition will be unaffected by the deal and remain under existing publishing terms. GungHo said today that more information on upcoming Grasshopper projects will be revealed in the coming months.

GungHo CEO Kazuki Morishita said of the deal: “We believe the strength of a publisher lies in its creative talent so with the addition of Grasshopper Manufacture and Suda51 we are adding some of the most innovative talent in today’s gaming world to our stellar family of independently-operated studios. Suda51 projects are known to put a unique spin on every game so coupled with our proven ability to support development with AAA resources including a tailored online experience, we believe gamers will benefit from this collaboration.”

Suda also commented: “By joining GungHo Online Entertainment, we are aligning ourselves with a strong, established publishing force that will support our vision to further create inspired new games that appeal players across the world. The Grasshopper team and I have many new ideas to share with our fans as we move forward so this union with GOE will help us realize our future plans.”

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7 comments

  • Squirrel - January 31, 2013 9:27 a.m.

    I'm hoping No More Heroes 3 for Wii U was already started so it wont be affected by this.
  • Frieza - January 31, 2013 9:11 p.m.

    NMH3 hasn't been started yet. The last words spoken about the game from Suda51 was "Not yet".
  • shawksta - January 30, 2013 4:57 p.m.

    I'm all for it, if the resources help Suda51, then so be it, just don't let them do things they otherwise don't want, otherwise all the support is good.
  • Frieza - January 30, 2013 3:35 p.m.

    ...Does this mean we won't get a western release of No More Heroes World Ranker?
  • RebornKusabi - January 30, 2013 2:10 p.m.

    Oh dear, this company is dead. Sad really, I loved No More Heroes, Killer 7 and Lollipop Chainsaw.
  • Darkhawk - January 30, 2013 1:27 p.m.

    As long as that Killer7 sequel gets made, I'm happy.
  • jackthemenace - January 30, 2013 12:36 p.m.

    As much as I feel I should be annoyed by an independent developer being bought out by a larger studio, I think it's what Grasshopper needs; for a start, it'll hopefully help them get the publicity their games need, but maybe GOE will start to try and get some quality control down on Grasshopper's games, so we can keep the brilliant Suda flair but get it without the horrible executions of his last few games. Shadows of the Damned had a great story, but was a rather mediocre shooter; No More Heroes I couldn't even finish because of the way it controlled, and after reading reviews of Lollipop chainsaw, I was put off what I wanted to pre-order. Hopefully, the buyout will mean the gameplay gets much more solid testing before the games are released, so they won't end up so polarised with critics.

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