It looks like GungHo Online Entertainment, Inc. (GOE) is bringing in the big guns as it has just announced that it has acquired game development studio GRASSHOPPER MANUFACTURE, Inc., led by renown designer Goichi Suda. SUDA51 and the whole crew will combine their game development powers and will continue to work under the name GRASSHOPPER MANUFACTURE, much like what GOE has done with the other development studios like GRAVITY, Game Arts, and Acquire.
We believe the strength of a publisher lies in its creative talent so with the addition of GRASSHOPPER MANUFACTURE and SUDA51 we are adding some of the most innovative talent in today’s gaming world to our stellar family of independently-operated studios. SUDA51 projects are known to put a unique spin on every game so coupled with our proven ability to support development with AAA resources including a tailored online experience, we believe gamers will benefit from this collaboration.
-Kazuki Morishita, President and CEO of GungHo Online Entertainment
GOE looks like it is in a good position moving forward to get some awesome games out in the coming years, especially with all the talent they have brought on board. Definitely look for some top notch games out of the publisher.