Gungho Acquires Game Developer Grasshopper Manufacture

posted on by Karen Ressler

Japanese game publisher GungHo Online Entertainment, Inc. (GOE) announced on Wednesday that it has acquired Gōichi Suda's (SUDA51's) game developing studio Grasshopper Manufacture Inc. (No More Heroes, Lollipop Chainsaw). The studio joins Gravity (Ragnarok series), Game Arts (Lunar, Grandia) and Acquire (Tenchu) as a GOE subsidiary. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Grasshopper Manufacture titles currently in development will not be affected.

Grasshopper Manufacture has developed nearly 30 titles in Japan and internationally since its founding in 1998. Suda, who founded the company, said regarding the acquisition, "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 [to] players across the world."

Grasshopper Manufacture is currently developing the Killer is Dead game, which is slated for a release on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 later this year.

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