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GungHo Online Entertainment acquire Suda51's Grasshopper Manufacture
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January 30, 2013, 20:56
I'm not sure that I like this, at all. I had never even heard of this company before and had to look them up, they appear to be a major player in MMO and cell phone gaming in Japan? I think the best thing about Suda51 isn't even necessarily the quality of his games, it's that he approaches development from a punk rock, we're Grasshopper and we're going to do whatever the heck we want attitude, which he has (somehow) been able to get away with for awhile now as an independent studio. Losing independence will have to affect that in some ways, and losing it to a company that primarily deals in MMOs and cell phone games doesn't seem like the best way to keep Suda51 and Grasshopper cranking out their mad brand of awesomeness.

On the flip side, GungHo bought out Game Arts a few years back and they are still doing console / handheld games, so maybe I'm worrying prematurely. I just don't want to see Suda51 making pay-to-play phone games for the rest of his career.

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01/30/13, 20:56   Edited:  01/30/13, 20:58
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grasshopper shouldve merged with platinum games to make the most radical japanese dev team ever.

Posted by 
 on: 01/30/13, 21:00

I don't think the world is prepared for that.

Posted by 
 on: 01/30/13, 21:02
I wouldn't worry about it. If they cramp his style too much he'll probably just leave and start something else.

Posted by 
 on: 01/30/13, 21:24
I know it's not fair of me but a part of me is like "NOOOO, YOU SOLD OUT SUDA!" Like when some awesome anti-establishment punk band signs with some major label. Except actually, that never felt like "selling out" to me in music, so it's doubly not fair of me to feel it now. Still, I can't help but feel that Grasshopper will be different, moving forward. The edge may get dulled a bit to make sales.

Posted by 
 on: 01/30/13, 21:47
Punk-rock MMO, comin' up.

Suda has been making some bizarre-ass moves, lately. Acquiring big names, losin' 'em... I read somewhere that he's barely involved with the actual game design these days.

Posted by 
 on: 01/30/13, 22:17

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