Existing Grasshopper Projects Will Not Be Affected By GungHo Acquisition

By Ishaan . January 30, 2013 . 12:30pm

Last night, GungHo Online Entertainment announced that they have acquired No More Heroes and Lollipop Chainsaw developer, Grasshopper Manufacture. The acquisition, GungHo stated in a press release this morning, makes Grasshopper their “fourth prominent studio”.


GungHo’s other three flagship studios are Ragnarok developer Gravity, Lunar and Grandia creator Game Arts (who also worked on Super Smash Bros. Brawl with Nintendo) and Tenchu developer Acquire.


“We believe the strength of a publisher lies in its creative talent so with the addition of Grasshopper Manufacture and Suda51 we are adding some of the most innovative talent in today’s gaming world to our stellar family of independently-operated studios,” said Kazuki Morishita, President and CEO of GungHo Online Entertainment.


“Suda51 projects are known to put a unique spin on every game so coupled with our proven ability to support development with AAA resources including a tailored online experience, we believe gamers will benefit from this collaboration.”


Meanwhile, Grasshopper Founder and Managing Director, Goichi Suda (or Suda51 if you prefer) stated: “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. 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.”


More information on future Grasshopper projects will be made available in the coming months, according to GungHo. Projects that are already in development will not be affected by the acquisition and will continue under their existing publishing arrangements.


Pictured above: Morishita and Suda. Photo courtesy GungHo.


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  • PABLO Rapetti Perez

    Can only hope that this helps in the development of Shadows of the Damned 2. Loved the game and the atmosphere.

  • JustThisOne

    Good to hear, but it’s one of those seeing is believing things.

  • This is good news. =)

  • someguy

    Of course not. Like existing Gust projects are not being affected by TK Acquisition… No seriously, I hope they don’t…

    • Solomon_Kano

      To be clear, localization wasn’t a Gust project. So there was no lie in that. How that Gust project was brought to other territories, now THAT’S where things were affected. So, yea.

  • dahuuuundge

    What will happen to Killer Is Dead?

    • Either GungHo takes over publishing or Kadokawa is allowed publishing. If they are not affected then the game isn’t cancelled.

    • T-X

      The article states that current projects and their publishing arrangements are unaffected, so I’m guessing production will continue as planned.

  • Serpenter Rex

    Hah, after reading that list I just imagined a No more heroes meets Tenchu (back when it was fun) type of game. Might be impossible, but it got me interested xD

    From the sound of it, the acquisition won’t screw anything up, so its good news =) More security for Grasshopper, who released some of the best Japanese games this gen.

    • Doesn’t From have Tenchu now? They’ve made them since the series moved to PS2.
      I haven’t played the newest From ones save for the crappy DS one but I enjoyed Wrath of Heaven and Fatal Shadows.

  • Göran Isacson

    And thus I exhaled a mighty sigh of relief. Still, it didn’t really look like they were in much danger to begin with,, from what I’ve seen of this Gung-Ho they look more like the kinda guys who buys studios who do what they don’t, so they can get a cut from the profits in exchange of handling red tape and such. Here’s to hoping they find their recent acqusition a good one!

  • puchinri

    Oh! I didn’t even realize that GungHo had GA. That’s interesting. Well, I think they’ll take good care of everyone, though I would like to see more titles by a couple of those companies (GA being an obvious one).

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