Grasshopper Manufacture Grew From 70 Employees To 140

By Spencer . June 20, 2011 . 5:39pm

sotdWhile 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.

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  • godmars

    And sadly, regardless of weather or not the company goes on to make more games, some of those people are going to be let go.

  • I wonder if that means if the Suda-ness of future projects will be more diluted.

    I have confidence in Grasshopper regardless. From what I’ve seen so far, they’re still producing unique games. Or at least unique ideas.

  • z_merquise

    Go, Grasshopper Manufacture!! Wish them the best of luck!

    With lots of gaming studios “weakening” or closing down, whether it’s in Japan, US or in European countries, I’m really happy to see someone who was once a small studio now going big-time. Let’s just hope they won’t met the same fate that most big game companies were now (and that is, being run by businessmen who ONLY look in the business side of things and had little to no idea in game development).

    Grasshopper, Platinum Games, Arc Sys, Vanillaware . . . these are some of my current favorite game developers. I’m really going to support these developers and again, wish these “new blood” the best of luck in the game industry.

    • amen to that, the transfusion of new blood to the industry is much needed, as the old titans are aging pretty badly. You named exactly the companies i currently favor XD

    • PrinceHeir

      you forgot Mistwalker, hell yeah if only SNK would follow suit :P

      good luck grasshopper manufacturer :P

  • Asura

    I’m hoping Suda can still make his “presence known” in every game.

  • I want to work for you!!!!

    and I’m loving Shadows of the Damned so far.

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