Just one day after we learned that famous video game creator Goichi “Suda51” Suda would love to reboot or remake Nintendo’s old IP, he now announced that his development studio will be working with Chinese video game giant NetEase.
Yes, it’s true: Grasshopper Manufacturer is ending its partnership with Japanese publisher and developer GungHo Online Entertainment to join the NetEase Group, one of the world’s largest Internet and video game companies that also partners with companies like Blizzard.
Here is the announcement from Suda himself, who promises that the developer will continue to create new and exciting games, as he always has:
Grasshopper Manufacture recently finished work on the Switch title, No more heroes 3. The plan now is to work on three new original IP projects over the next decade.
Here is the full statement from Suda51 announcing this new partnership with NetEase:
Grasshopper Manufacture Inc. just celebrated its 23rd anniversary in March of this year. For the past 23 years, our team of creators with diverse backgrounds and personalities have presented a variety of games to players. We now have a unique opportunity to rethink the game development and organizational structure of Grasshopper Manufacture Inc. in the future. By understanding our own advantages and unique position, we were presented with new possibilities in game creation.
As we all know, NetEase Games has developed many great games in the past, and I have known about NetEase’s creative capabilities for a long time. When we talked to NetEase about “developing more unique console games together,” we resonated. After much thought, we have unanimously decided to “come together” for the long term through deeper cooperation to create more good content for players.
NetEase Games understands the strengths of Grasshopper Manufacture Inc. and is willing to support us, and is an extremely reliable partner. NetEase Games will be primarily responsible for advising on our business planning activities and providing sufficient funding for game development. We will be responsible for creativity and game production to ensure we continue to maintain the consistent “Grasshopper Manufacture flavor” and quality of play for which we are known. In addition, we will also receive strong support from the NetEase team of thousands of artists and technical experts in terms of game design and quality assurance. We will take full advantage of this support and strive to offer three higher quality “Grasshopper Crafting Sets” to all players over the next ten years.
Grasshopper Manufacture Inc., stepping into the new future of game development, is now reborn and will continue to create history. Stay tuned.
It follows from the news that Monkey Ball and Yakuza creator Toshihori Nagoshi was leaving Sega to join NetEase.
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