First look at Grasshopper Manufacture's next, next game - Gematsu
First look at Grasshopper Manufacture’s next, next game
posted on 03.28.13 at 11:28 AM EST by (@salromano)
Not Killer is Dead. A new, possibly next generation slash action game.

Grasshopper is teasing its next, next game—the one that follows after Killer is Dead. Studio boss Goichi Suda showed first artwork of the title to Famitsu this week.

“It was drawn by Yusuke Kozaki, who did the art for No More Heroes,” Suda told Famitsu. “Because this is the first title to represent the rebirth of Grasshopper, I had a firm hand in the art direction. As the project meetings continued, the feeling of ‘depth’ became deeper. I would think, ‘Is it really good to use this as the final design?’ But usually someone would tell me to give it a break for a little while.”

The “rebirth” mentioned by Suda is Grasshopper’s life under new owner GungHo Online Entertainment. The company’s acquisition of the studio was announced in late January.

“The impression left by the eyes is really strong,” said GungHo boss Kazuki Morishita in reference to the artwork. “Establishing characters in the case of a game, it’s quite an interesting production. I don’t think those parts really emerge in the ‘expression’ of the eyes.”

According to Suda, the new game will be an action title starring a female lead.

“There is a base for our specialty, the slash action games we’ve made so far. But with Gungho’s power, we want to put in our know how in ways we haven’t done before. We are also considering developing for not just offline devices, but online devices too.”

The new game will be released on consoles. Morishita added that they are “looking into future generation platforms, too.”

Suda said to expect a followup report this fall.

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  • Adol Christian

    Looks very promising, hope its a current gen title :)

  • uhawww

    Dark skin. White hair. Light lipstick.
    I think that’s Shinobu. Has to be.

    • z_merquise

      I remember Suda and Kozaki mentioning that they wanted a new No More Heroes game starring Shinobu so this may be it.

      • PrinceHeir


        they did say 2 years ago they have enough assets to make two more No More Heroes games and one possibly starring Shinobu!

        i still want No More Heroes 2 for PS3!!

        for collection purposes!!!

        maybe they’ll remaster No More Heroes 1 again and put No More Heroes 2 as a HD Collection packages with the news features of Paradise/Red Zone

        very sweet mode(Alice and Margaret bikini mode FTW), dual audio with subs(ENG/JPN), gallery mode(all the cutscenes goes here), faster loading times, trophy support and Move support.

        Other new features i want is a new difficulty mode(extreme bitter?), add the wrestling moves from the first game, more clothes and costume, bring back dark sith mode, a more extensive Bizarre 5 Jelly mode(ex add leaderboards and more stages), add new bosses for Deatmatch(in the US paradise 1, you can fight NMH2 bosses which doesn’t make any sense. so maybe add darkstar and Helter Skelter as a new boss )

        exclusive story mode for Henry and Shinobi. they can make henry’s story on how the last battle with travis ended(could end up travis as a boss fight) leading up to his defeat with that big robot guy. as for shinobi, they could add a story on how she became the #1 assassin in japan.

        as for Limited Edition goodies, just add No More Heroes 2 Erotica Comic, No More Heroes 1.5(in HD), and an awesome art box(like NMH Paradise)

        that would be the ultimate version of No More Heroes 1 and 2!!!!

    • almostautumn

      Am I missing something? That skin looks white, and I can’t even see her mouth?

      • Tetsu

        He’s talking about the picture below. The girl who’s holding the umbrella on the far left.

  • z_merquise

    Really love Yusuke Kozaki’s artstyle! I’m looking forward to see this one.

  • Suda Y U So Awesome!?

  • Raiyu

    Hope this is current and next-gen. Would love to see this on next-gen systems.

  • $30632660

    That’s my girl Shinobu <3

  • Suda51 game starring a female? YES PLEASE.

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Shinobuuuuu, yesssss

  • Tetsu

    Hmmmmm AWESOME!

  • shogunknight

    What the hell is this? it ROCKS

  • Solomon_Kano


  • AnimusVox

    I never tire of Kozaki, he knows how to make beautiful women, and men. I’m looking at you Libra <3

  • Eclipse

    That is some absolutely gorgeous art~!

  • Be on vita !

  • LordKaiser

    Looks interesting

  • kairock

    “According to Suda, the new game will be an action title starring a female lead.”

    epic win.

    • MrRobbyM

      As long as th female lead is nothing like the one in Lolipop Chainsaw, I have no problem.