Grasshopper Manufacture's next game is a new IP running on Unreal Engine with 'unique' online features - Gematsu
Grasshopper Manufacture’s next game is a new IP running on Unreal Engine with ‘unique’ online features
posted on 04.05.13 at 10:34 PM EST by (@salromano)
Unreal Engine 3 or 4? "If we told you, you would know about the platforms."

Grasshopper Manufacuture’s next game, first discussed in Famitsu last week, is an new IP action game for consoles, possibly next-gen, running on the Unreal Engine, new interviews with studio boss Goichi Suda confirm. 

“We’re considering various console platforms right now,” Suda told Edge. “We’re considering both [current and next-gen]. Naturally we are interested in developing games for the next-gen platforms. We are investigating the specs and all that right now.”

“We can say it’s for consoles, but we can’t say which one yet since we haven’t decided,” GungHo Online Entertainment CEO Kazuki Morishita told Siliconera.

While the gameplay will be action-oriented, “the gameplay style is going to differ very much—it’ll be unique,” according to Suda. And the developer’s newfound home at GungHo Online Entertainment means there will be an online component involved.

“This is a title that GungHo Japan and Grasshopper Manufacture is working on together collaboratively so there will be an online feature, because that’s their forte and what they specialize in,” Suda told Edge. “On the simplest level it will be social, but the word social is used and misinterpreted a lot these days. GungHo has over ten years of experience in providing online gaming services so that is their strength.

Asked by Siliconera if the online component was versus or cooperative, Morishita said, “If we were to choose it’s more on the co-op side, but that doesn’t mean it’s completely multiplayer.” He added that it’s close to Dark Souls and Puzzles & Dragons, “but different” from it, as well.

Suda added, “It’s new and unique, something you haven’t seen before with a different style of friends system.”

The game will run on the Unreal Engine, but when asked if it was Unreal Engine 3 or 4, Morishita told Siliconera, “It’s one of those two! If we told you, you would know about the platforms.”

Grasshopper’s new game is slated for release in 2014.

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  • Neutron15

    UE 4

  • Raiyu

    “It’s one of those two! If we told you, you would know about the platforms.”

    Must be UE4, UE3 is used on next gen games like Thief, they could’ve just said UE3 and kept us guessing on platforms

    So I guess that means it won’t be for Wii U and it’ll be a NextBox/PS4 multiplat.

    • Well, they did say this one would be very unique, so who knows… Maybe Suda does has a “Thief” like game up his sleeve, graphics wise (but heavily anime influenced, of course). I won’t completely rule out Unreal 3, but 4 seems more likely, imo.

    • Tenshiken

      yup, seems like UE4 since it was specifically made for next gen games. Even though they did say UE4 was ‘scalable’ I doubt Grasshopper Manufacture would try to put it on current gen consoles.

  • Solomon_Kano

    I’m hyped for this already. Killer is Dead this year and a Suda title to look forward to for (likely) next-gen.

  • Tetsu

    Please be on PS4, would be freaking awesome for it’s first year XD

    • Milyc

      I second that.

  • dior

    The concept art gets my very excited

  • Guest

    my money is actually on Unreal 3.

    • z_merquise

      I’m also hoping that we can get this game for the current console too. But by the sound of it, it seems like it was still in pre-production and would take a while.

  • z_merquise

    An action game starring a female protagonist with artwork by Yusuke Kozaki sounds good to me.

    I’m expecting that we could see more of this once they’re done with Killer is Dead.

  • Bloodios

    Well, it was pretty much expected, seeing how most of Suda51’s games these days are powered by the UE3. In any case, I’m hoping they stick with it, as it should be easier to scale the game up to next-gen specs with the UE3 rather than scaling it down to current-gen specs with the UE4.

    • Solomon_Kano

      Only issue is, according to Reloaded Productions, Epic has yet to support UE3 for next-gen. So, for now, there won’t be any UE3 games on PS4/next Xbox.

      • Raiyu

        Thief is UE3.

        • Solomon_Kano

          Oh? Then I guess Reloaded is either wrong or their info is outdated.

  • Budgiecat

    Like Grasshopper, but never was a fan of UE….

  • PrinceHeir

    Suda 51 im ready for your next game :D

    Killer is Dead Day 1!!!!!

    also limited edition please!!!!!

  • I can’t imagine them doing another new IP on current systems. We are getting more new IPs than usual for consoles late in their life cycle and they are delivering two. That is impressive in itself. New consoles usually bring fresh new IPs but even so, this generation changed a lot of things with such a long life cycle.

    Anyway, I am stoked to hear about this game. I am excited to get my hands on Killer is Dead.

  • Kurisu Makise

    I’d strongly prefer it to be UE4 over UE3 (Though honestly, I’d prefer it not to be Unreal period) at least on the PS platforms anyway.

    • Umar Jahangir

      Bioshock Infinite runs on UE3 and it runs better on the PS3. But, yea, majoirty of the games based on UE3 don’t.

  • I hope it’s built on UE4. That engine seems to be running handsomely well on Sony’s hardware so no more botched ports or underwhelming performance on PS. The timing suggests it’s a next-gen title as he’s still wrapping up KID. I love his games so this is a d1p anyways. I trust in Suda and that he will include worthwhile and fun MP instead of including it i.o. to merely check a box.