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By Spencer . June 20, 2011 . 5:39pm
While some video game studios are cutting back (or closing), Grasshopper Manufacture is steadily growing. "Yeah, I mean, as a company, Grasshopper is definitely growing. Like, we were 70 people just one year and a half ago, and now we’re 140. So the growth rate is really impressive, but at the same time that brings like new challenges, from an organizational point of view, and from a creative point of view as well," Massimo Gurarini, director of Shadows of the Damned, said in an interview with Gamasutra.
Yes, Gurarini is the director of Shadows of the Damned. Gurarini had "pretty much the same amount of creative control since the very beginning" on Shadows of the Damned when he joined the project. While Goichi "Suda51" Suda’s name is tied to the game and many other Grasshopper Manufacture titles most of the work is handled by other directors. "I had an opportunity to influence quite a bit of the game at Grasshopper because… Grasshopper is changing internally and it’s growing as a company. That means Suda-san cannot follow personally all the projects; his role is now one of the executive director of most of the projects, and he’s also president of the company. And that means he needs to rely on directors in order to follow multiple projects," Gurarini explained.
In addition to Shadows of the Damned, which comes out tomorrow, Grasshopper Manufacture has Rebuild of Evangelion: Sound Impact and Codename D (aka Diabolical Pitch) in development too.