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Suda51’s Studio Grasshopper Manufacture announces the acquisition of NetEase Games

Grasshopper Manufacture, the studio led by No More Heroes creator Goichi Suda (Suda51), has announced that it will be opening its doors on Jan.

“The Grasshopper Manufactory celebrated its 23rd anniversary in March of this year,” said Suda in a comment next to the announcement. “Our studio is made up of a variety of people from different backgrounds and personalities who all love video games. As I thought about the strengths and specifics of our company, I saw a new future for our way of creative production.

I could see a new future for our way of creative production.

“NetEase Games has released a lot of fantastic games, and I’ve heard of their reputation for a long time. When NetEase Games offered the opportunity to collaborate on unique consumer games, I came to the conclusion that by working together we could deliver even more powerful and creative titles to our audiences.

“In addition, NetEase Games is a reliable partner who understands and supports our strengths. They will support us on the management side and fund our game development, but the planning and production of our games will be left to us alone. This means that we can guarantee a consistent Grasshopper Manufacture style and quality of our games. We also receive valuable assistance from thousands of NetEase Games artists and technical staff in areas such as graphics support and QA. Our goal is to make the most of these resources and deliver three more basic Grasshopper Manufacture games over the next 10 years.

“Please look forward to the story that this new Grasshopper factory will write in the future.”

For fans who fear that joining giant Chinese publisher NetEase will mean banning Grasshopper from making mobile games, the term “consumer games” in Suda’s commentary is commonly used in Japan to refer to games for consoles and / or PC describe.

Suda also said the studio is now recruiting for a variety of positions. Anyone wishing to apply should visit the Grasshopper Manufacture website for more information.

NetEase Games also issued a statement to commend Suda and Grasshopper’s “strong style”, “clear design philosophy” and “unique taste from concept to fine detail”.

The publisher, which currently has over 10,000 developers, also said this acquisition should be seen as a message to leading game developers in Japan and the rest of the world that the company wants to continue investing in the quality and appeal of its games.

NetEase is rumored to be in negotiations with Yakuza series creator Toshihiro Nagoshi, who recently fueled speculation when he left his high profile role at Sega. The idea of ​​two radically different developers like Suda and Nagoshi as loose colleagues under the umbrella of NetEase is certainly interesting.

The latest game from Grasshopper Manufacture was No More Heroes III for Nintendo Switch. You can read IGN’s full review here.

Daniel Robson is the Editor-in-Chief at IGN Japan. No idea which game inspired his twitter handle, @NoMoreDaniels

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