Grasshopper Manufacture, a studio led by No More Heroes creator Goichi Suda, is a subsidiary of NetEase Games, a giant Chinese publisher, based on a share transfer agreement that came into effect on May 31, 2021. Announced that it became.

“The Grasshopper Manufacture celebrated its 23rd anniversary in March this year,” Suda said in a comment with the announcement. “Our studio is made up of diverse staff with different backgrounds and personalities, all of whom love video games. Given our strengths and characteristics, it’s a creative way of producing. A new future has come into view.

A new future has emerged in our creative production methods.


“NetEase Games has released a lot of great games and I’ve heard about their reputation for a long time. When NetEase Games offered the opportunity to work together on unique consumer games, I worked together. We have come to the conclusion that we can provide viewers with more powerful and creative titles.

“In addition, NetEase Games is a trusted partner who understands and supports our strengths. They provide us with administrative support and fund our game development, but ours. The planning and production of the game is entirely up to us, which means we can guarantee a consistent “grass hopper manufacture style” and game quality. In addition, we receive valuable support from thousands of NetEase Games artists and technical staff in areas such as graphics support and QA. Our goal is to make the most of these resources and provide three more typical grasshopper manufacture games over the next decade.

“Look forward to the history that this new Grasshopper Manufacture will create in the future.”

For fans who are concerned that Grasshopper will be forced to make mobile games by joining China’s giant publisher NetEase, Suda’s comment “consumer games” is usually a console in Japan. And used to mean games for PCs.

Suda also said the studio is currently looking for a wide range of positions.If you are interested in applying, please take a look. Grasshopper Manufacture website For more information.

NetEase Games also issued a statement praising Suda and Grasshopper’s “strong style,” “clear design philosophy,” and “unique taste from concept to detail.”

The publisher, which currently has more than 10,000 developers, also said the acquisition is eager to continue investing in game quality and appeal to top game developers in Japan and other countries. He said it should be considered a message.

It is strongly rumored that NetEase is in talks with Toshihiro Nagoshi, the creator of the yakuza series, who recently fueled speculation when he quit his well-known role in Sega. The ideas of two radically different developers like Suda and Nagoe as loose colleagues under NetEase are certainly interesting.

The latest game in the Grasshopper Manufacture was No More Heroes III for Nintendo Switch. You can read the full IGN review here.

Daniel Robson is the Editor-in-Chief of IGN Japan. I can’t guess which game affected his Twitter handle. @NoMoreDaniels