Grasshopper Manufacture, the development studio headed up by Goichi Suda – or Suda51, if you prefer – has been purchased by GungHo Online Entertainment. If you’ve not heard of the studio, don’t feel too bad. GungHo published the recent Vita title Ragnarok Odyssey over in Japan, hosts the Japanese servers for Ragnarok Online, and developed the Nintendo DS title Ragnarok DS. It’s most notable subsidiary is Game Arts, who are responsible for the Grandia, Luna and Silpheed series, and also had a hand in developing Super Smash Brothers Brawl on the Wii, among other things. Hopefully at least one of those sounds familiar.
Anyway, today, Game Arts parent company, GungHo Online Entertainment, purchased Grasshopper Manufacture, who hopefully sound a little bit more familiar. They’re the studio behind titles such as Killer 7, No More Heroes, and Lollipop Chainsaw. The exact terms of the deal have yet to come to light, but what we do know is that Suda and his team will still be operating under the Grasshopper name, and all projects currently underway are still on schedule, as far as development and publishing plans are concerned.
Suda himself seems pretty positive about the acquisition, saying that by joining the company, he hopes that Grasshopper will be well supported in their goal to “create inspired new games that appeal players across the world.”
As long as you plan on keeping ’em coming, Suda, I’m happy.