Grasshopper is GungHo for the Future

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GungHo Online Entertainment, Inc. (GOE) today announced it has acquired game development studio GRASSHOPPER MANUFACTURE INC., founded and led by legendary designer Goichi Suda (SUDA51). SUDA51 and his team join GOE and will continue to work as GRASSHOPPER MANUFACTURE, similar to the relationship GOE has with its other leading development studios including GRAVITY, Game Arts, and Acquire. Titles already in development at the studio before the acquisition will not be affected by the deal and will continue under their current publishing terms.

Grasshopper Manufacturer, which was founded by Suda51, are the developers behind the fan-favorites ‘No More heroes’ and recently ‘Lollipop Chainsaw’, which saw a strong write-in surge for the 2012 Golden Minecarts. This move cements any future creations to one publisher, which can definitely ease possible development and project woes when working with multiple publishers at once.

“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,” said GRASSHOPPER Founder and Managing Director, Goichi Suda. “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.”

Specific terms of the deal have not been disclosed however.

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  • way2easy

    so this is just a cash injection for grasshopper without any effect for either party? Sounds good for both parties as grasshopper has some of the most original developers out there, and these other dudes may be able to fund them. Eventually, this could lead to more original content that actually has a decent print run!