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Grasshopper Manufacture acquired by NetEase Games

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Those deep pockets are at it again. First they poached Sega's Toshihiro Nagoshi and now Suda 51. Was he still considering GHM a punk video game band before literally selling out lol

https://www.grasshopper.co.jp/en/news/ 10/22/2021

Announcement on Grasshopper Manufacture Inc.​

Joining NetEase Games​

Grasshopper Manufacture Inc. (Headquarters: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, CEO: Goichi Suda) announced that the company will join NetEase Games under the equity transfer agreement signed on May 31st, 2021.

【Grasshopper Manufacture Inc. Moving Forward】​

Grasshopper Manufacture Inc. has just celebrated its 23rd anniversary in March this year. For the past 23 years, our team of creators with various backgrounds and personalities have presented a variety of games to gamers. We are now given a unique opportunity to rethink the game development and organization structure of Grasshopper Manufacture Inc. moving forward. While 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 excellent games in the past, and I have long been aware of NetEase's creative capabilities. When talking with NetEase about "developing more unique console games together", we resonated. After a lot of thoughts, we’ve unanimously decided to "get together" in the long term through deeper cooperation to create more good content for gamers.

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 mainly responsible for advising on our business planning activities and providing sufficient funding for game development. We will be responsible for the creativity and production of games to ensure that we are able to continue to maintain the consistent "Grasshopper Manufacture flavor" and game quality for which we are known. In addition, we will also receive strong support from the NetEase team composed of thousands of artists and technical experts in terms of game art and quality assurance. We will make the most of this support and strive to offer three even higher-quality "Grasshopper Manufacture Games" to all gamers in the next ten years.

Grasshopper Manufacture Inc., moving towards the brand-new future of game development, is now reborn and will continue to create history. Stay tuned.

At the same time, we are also recruiting talented individuals and partners who are interested in making “Grasshopper Manufacture Games” together. Please visit our recruitment website: https://www.grasshopper.co.jp/recruit/

Representative Director and CEO Goichi Suda

【A Message from NetEase Games】​

NetEase Games is a company of passionate gamers, and many of them are fans of Grasshopper Manufacture Inc. Mr. Suda's games have unique characteristics. They manifest his design philosophy and artistic pursuit in every aspect – from concept to content. Grasshopper Manufacture Inc. has also integrated styles and elements from various media formats, such as film noir, detective fiction, punk rock, psychedelic electronica, cyberpunk, and so on. Additionally, Grasshopper Manufacture Inc. is one of a kind in terms of mood setting, movement design, and narrative rhythm design. Their strong passion for creativity, which has continued for decades, is extremely admirable. NetEase is honored to be the companion of Mr. Suda and Grasshopper Manufacture Inc. on this new journey into the future. We hope to give the studio creative freedom and sufficient resource support in order to empower said studio to create even more sensational works for gamers worldwide.

NetEase would like to extend its invitation to brilliant game creators in Japan and around the world. NetEase Games has been committed to the concepts of "Unleash the potential of creators" and "Bring quality interactive entertainment experiences". We hope to empower more outstanding creators and continuously create good games.

NetEase Games itself is a big developer community of tens of thousands of developers. In the past few years, NetEase has built connections with top game studios in Japan, the US, Europe, and other regions through investment, joint ventures, co-development, etc.

Additionally, NetEase will provide funding, technology, resources, and other support, and organize communication and sharing sessions among top creators around the world, so that creators can inspire each other and fully release their creative potential.
 
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So glad that the commies haven't acquired any companies that I actually buy games from. Klei was disappointing but meh.

Might be petty but I won't buy anything from Chinese owned developers.

Edit: don't know as much about netease to be honest tho. Will do more research. But fuck tencent for sure.
 
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for some reason I thought they had been acquired years ago when they made that Let it Die game.
 

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If it keeps Suda 51 in the mobile game, then I'm all for it.
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Only reason I want Sony to make a major purchase is because I dont like these chinese companies buying all the developers.
 
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Only reason I want Sony to make a major purchase is because I dont like these chinese companies buying all the developers.
Sony wouldn't bother.

They weren't utilizing their older Japanese talent, so they all left or went indie like Keiichiro Toyama(Silent Hill/ Siren creator) did with Bokeh. People should be following what his studio is doing instead of begging for another mediocre, outsourced Silent Hill.
 
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That was a good game. Back when you could have a Mexican main character that drank tequila to restore health and nobody gave a shit or was offended by it. Despite the cynical, half-joking tone I had in the OP, I really hope they have full control over their old IP.

Funny never thought of it that way, just thought it was an ass kicking 3rd person action game.
 

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Saw this on WeChat yesterday, Suda and Grasshopper isn't on my GOAT list but if Chinese money is helping to keep the smaller Japanese developers alive and pumping then I am all for it no matter what the WWE battle of ideologies say. lol
 
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Saw this on WeChat yesterday, Suda and Grasshopper isn't on my GOAT list but if Chinese money is helping to keep the smaller Japanese developers alive and pumping then I am all for it no matter what the WWE battle of ideologies say. lol
Interesting that a Tencent product user in Vancouver would feel this way.

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Another asian dev swallowed by the chinese business conglomerates... sad story.
 
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Wy exactly is china buying all these developers? Dont think ive ever seen a netease game in my life as long as grasshopper is able to make games for all consoles im not really fussed