Grasshopper Manufacture joins GungHo Group

Lollipop Chainsaw dev to join Ragnarok publisher on Friday.

January 29, 2013 / 11:37 PM EDT / (@salromano)

On February 1, Grasshopper Manufacture, the developer behind No More Heroes, Lollipop Chainsaw, and the upcoming Killer is Dead, will join GungHo Group, both companies have announced.

GungHo is fusing the planning and development power of Grasshopper Manufacture with the power of managing online games cultivated by both companies to produce higher quality content.

4Gamer published an interview with GungHo CEO Kazuki Morishita and Grasshopper CEO Goichi Suda discussing the union. Japanese speakers can read it here.

Find the official announcement here.

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  • Solomon_Kano

    Ohmahgawd. Yes. I love GungHo and I love GHM. This is definitely cool to see.

  • Pyrofrost

    Lets hope it doesn’t end up like Squaresoft + Enix!

  • devovit

    i just want to play killer is dead, that’s all.

  • Syltique

    Is the same GungHo that’s a new niche publisher in NA?

    • Solomon_Kano

      Yep! That’s their US branch. So this pretty much guarantees us all future GHM games. So far every GungHo game on Vita has seen the US, whether through GungHo themselves or Xseed, and Grasshopper works on much more… lively systems, we’ll say. So this is definitely good news.

      Not that anything GHM’s put out in the last good while hasn’t made it over, but this is extra insurance.

      • Syltique

        That’s awesome. I really enjoyed Dokuro, and I’m glad they now have Grasshopper stuff to publish.

  • PrinceHeir

    let’s hope GHM has still alot of freedom after this merger :P

    i wonder who will take Platinum Games or Mistwalker??

    • Syltique

      Platinum, and Mistwalker seem cozy with Nintendo lately. If the sales pan out, I don’t see any reason for that to change.

      • Pyrofrost

        On Mistwalker, I would agree; on Platinum, not so much.
        Platinum has really been spreading the love all over, and they have seen too much success as a multi-platform developer. If anything, I see them doing exclusives for them from time to time, but that’s about it.
        Mistwalker, on the other hand, has been almost exclusive to Nintendo since they broke up with MS after Lost Odyssey. So I could totally see that.

      • PrinceHeir

        i think Mistwalker would do well with Nintendo.

        but at the same time, i want to experience their games on other platforms as well :P

    • almostautumn

      There’s no way Suda would partner with a company that did not allow him and his team creative freedom. I’m sure the man would rather jump off a building then enlist any style of creative restriction at this point in his career.
      Also, I think this is great for GHM; maybe now they won’t have to halt personal projects by building anime-license titles to make back losses.

      • PrinceHeir

        all in all as long as Suda 51 get’s backed up.

        it’s all good :D

  • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

    Well, this is new… GungHo(Cutesy games; Ragnarok) merge with GHM(Violent games; No More Heroes)… I wonder how this will turn out in the future…

    • Solomon_Kano

      GungHo also owns Acquire and they do a variety of things with their games. Considering all the quirky stuff Acquire puts out and Game Arts’ range of titles, I’d say Grasshopper should be right at home.

  • KurisuMakise

    I’m surprised this happened, since Kadokawa seemed to be pretty at home with Grasshopper recently. I wonder what this means for Lollipop Chainsaw and Killer is Dead going forward?