While No More Heroes 3 officially release roughly two months ago now, developer Grasshopper Manufacture remains in the new this week following recent reports on the Japanese developer. Firstly, CEO Goichi “Suda51” Suda shared that the game studio owns the rights to virtually the entire Shadows of the Damned IP alongside characters for The Silver Case and Fire Pro Wrestling. But it does not end there.
Upon speaking by extension to Video Game Chronicles, Suda goes on to note that plans for Grasshopper Manufacture is projected to last for the next decade. Even more, the projected titles could possibly include pre-existing IPs such as Killer is Dead which he referenced during the discussion as well.
In a surprise announcement from Suda once more and the greater Grasshopper Manufacture, the developer has been acquired by Chinese-based NetEase Games. This follows similar eye-opening investments for Bungie and Quantic Dream previously.
Grasshopper Manufacture Inc. has just celebrated its 23rd anniversary in March this year. For the past 23 years, our team of creators with various backgrounds and personalities have presented a variety of games to gamers. We are now given a unique opportunity to rethink the game development and organization structure of Grasshopper Manufacture Inc. moving forward. While understanding our own advantages and unique position, we were presented with new possibilities in game creation.
As we all know, NetEase Games has developed many excellent games in the past, and I have long been aware of NetEase’s creative capabilities. When talking with NetEase about “developing more unique console games together”, we resonated. After a lot of thoughts, we’ve unanimously decided to “get together” in the long term through deeper cooperation to create more good content for gamers.
NetEase Games understands the strengths of Grasshopper Manufacture Inc. and is willing to support us, and is an extremely reliable partner. NetEase Games will be mainly responsible for advising on our business planning activities and providing sufficient funding for game development. We will be responsible for the creativity and production of games to ensure that we are able to continue to maintain the consistent “Grasshopper Manufacture flavor” and game quality for which we are known.
In addition, we will also receive strong support from the NetEase team composed of thousands of artists and technical experts in terms of game art and quality assurance. We will make the most of this support and strive to offer three even higher-quality “Grasshopper Manufacture Games” to all gamers in the next ten years.
“After eight years together, Grasshopper Manufacture has moved from the GungHo Group to the NetEase Group. We will continue to create new and exciting games just as we always have!” Suda expresses in a tweet following the announcement of NetEase Games’ acquisition for Grasshopper Manufacture then.
“NetEase Games is a company of passionate gamers, and many of them are fans of Grasshopper Manufacture Inc. Mr. Suda’s games have unique characteristics. They manifest his design philosophy and artistic pursuit in every aspect – from concept to content. Grasshopper Manufacture Inc. has also integrated styles and elements from various media formats, such as film noir, detective fiction, punk rock, psychedelic electronica, cyberpunk, and so on. Additionally, Grasshopper Manufacture Inc. is one of a kind in terms of mood setting, movement design, and narrative rhythm design,” a statement from NetEase Games shares.
“Their strong passion for creativity, which has continued for decades, is extremely admirable. NetEase is honored to be the companion of Mr. Suda and Grasshopper Manufacture Inc. on this new journey into the future. We hope to give the studio creative freedom and sufficient resource support in order to empower said studio to create even more sensational works for gamers worldwide.”
It appears NetEase is continuing its campaign for more talent in the Japanese region. Previously, Bloomberg reported that the firm was looking to impress both RGG Studio leads Toshihiro Nagoshi and Daisuke Sato that soon departed from the developer. What are your thoughts on the purchase for Grasshopper Manufacture?
Source: Grasshopper Manufacture