Harvest Moon And Little King’s Story Creators Join Grasshopper Manufacture

By Spencer . October 14, 2010 . 12:43am

image Grasshopper Manufacture is growing and in a different direction with two ex-Marvelous Entertainment icons on the team. Yasuhiro Wada, the creator of Harvest Moon and former President of Marvelous Interactive, is now the COO (Chief Operating Officer) of Grasshopper Manufacture. Yoshiro Kimura, the brains behind Chulip and Little King’s Story, will be the company’s CCO (Chief Creative Officer).

 

Without a doubt, this was the announcement Goichi Suda, CEO of Grasshopper Manufacture, was hinting at yesterday.

 

In an interview with Famitsu, Suda said he believes having Wada and Kimura on will make Grasshopper Manufacture a stronger company. While Grasshopper Manufacture released No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle this yeah, the studio did not release a single game in 2009. This can hurt the studio’s brand, according to Suda, and is something he regrets. Having Wada and Kimura on board will allow Grasshopper to produce a steady stream of games.

 

"Everyone, we’re in the middle of preparing many things that will surprise you," Suda said.

 

No games attached to Wada or Kimura have been announced. However, Suda hopes Wada, being the mastermind of Harvest Moon, will create games that appeal to women and children with worldwide appeal. For Kimura, Suda wants to make a place where he can fulfill his role.

 

Wada was invited to join Grasshopper Manufacture and he was "truly happy" about the decision, but also said "I think if Grasshopper was a subsidiary I would not have come." Kimura almost left the video game industry. After leaving Marvelous he thought about quitting game development and didn’t even give Suda an immediate reply after an invitation to join Grasshopper. He decided to join after Suda discussed the pros and cons of working at Grasshopper Manufacture.

 

Grasshopper Manufacture has three games currently in development: Shadows of the Damned, Codename D, and Sina Mura.


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  • pedrron

    Suda is one hell of a business man! First Akira Yamaoka and now Wada and Kimura! I for one can’t wait for Grasshopper’s next game. *hopes for NMH 3!

  • Guest

    Grasshopper is getting some serious fucking talent. Suda’s crazy with his recruitment can’t wait to see what they start pumping out in the years to come.

  • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

    Can Grasshoper Manufacture get any more crazy/weird/talented? First Yamaoka, now these guys… What’s next? Merging with Platinum games? When a company expands though, priorities don’t always shift for the better. Suda-san better not lose sight of what’s important.

    EDIT: Oh they also acquired Kazutoshi Iida, the man from Artdink behind Aquanaut’s Holiday and Tail of the Sun. Whatever they’re making next is going to be so wild.

  • http://www.avclub.com/users/ghaleonq,4597/ GhaleonQ

    Between this and Kimura/Kudo/Nishi thinking seriously about Moon: Remix RPG Adventure 1/remake/2, my week has been great, just great.

    • gatotsu911

      So, that begs the question: What would you wager are the chances that GHM will make Moon 2?

  • malek86

    Overall, it looks like Grasshopper is gathering a lot of talented people lately. Too bad it’s Suda himself I don’t care about. He still has to develop a game that’s actually good.On a side note, i wonder what’s gonna happen to MMV now.

  • gatotsu911

    Now they just need to scoop up Kenichi Nishi, and the brain trust will be complete. Or well on its way, at least.

  • puchinri

    GHM is on a roll with hoarding talent *u*. And I’m glad Wada is with them, I look forward to what him and Kimura will give us next.
    And while I’m not looking forward to Shadows of the Damned (not yet, anyway), I am interested in everything else.

  • vadde939

    C’mon Kimura give us Rule Of Rose 2 and my money is yours.

  • Joanna

    Well I’m glad Kimura hasn’t left game development. And it’s sad to see Wada not with MMV. MMV really got hit bad. :(

    I’m still waiting for more games from Suda that appeal to me. I don’t like really violent games. Never liked gore/gory violence in my movies either.

    Hope we can get that DS port of Silver Case….I’m holding out on playing Flower Sun and Rain because I heard playing Silver Case first gives one a better grasp of FS& R. Strange that Suda did not release Silver Case first….

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