Grasshopper Manufacture is one of the best Japanese developers around. From the Wii to PlayStation, they have made games for almost every console. The small studio has had some impact considering its small size. Goichi Suda‘s projects has given us some great games with it’s small budget. But now, the studio is getting the investment it needs to become a real giant.
NetEase recently bought the Japanese company and are now planning to expand it. The studio has made a “10-year plan” to widen its horizons. This plan will help Grasshopper to increase in size and give it more funds. So, the Japanese studio will be able to release more original IP’s and also work with other studios.
Suda said that the studio is talking to Marvel Studios about a possible project. In a Japanese interview with Automaton, the founder said that he had a few meetings with Marvel. The 54 year-old said that he won’t refuse to work on another IP but a Marvel IP is not one to miss out on. He hopes that the power of video games will bring Marvel onboard.
Someone big like NetEase purchasing Grasshopper is a very good thing. The developer is already doubling in size and is going from 30 to 60 employees. Grasshopper plans to release at least 3 original IP’s in the next 10 years. They are currently making indie games and want to make AA games using the Unreal Engine 5 in the future.
Renetly, Grasshopper Manufacture is hiring more people from around the world. They implore fresh ideas and want to make more original titles. There are tons of job listings on their website. The studio is accepting overseas applicants as long as they can communicate in Japanese. Plus, they are hiring people with or without experience in the Unreal Engine.
Grasshopper has made some great games over the years. Their most famous products are the Killer7 and No More Heroes series. It has made games for Xbox, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation and the Wii. So, the studio has certainly pulled its weight in a very demanding industry. We are excited to see what the developer puts out in the coming years. Let us know in the comments below if you are excited or not.