Grasshopper forms social game group with DeNA

No More Heroes developer teams up with operators of Mobage to establish Grasshopper Social Network Service smartphone studio.


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Grasshopper Manufacture, the developer of titles like No More Heroes, Killer 7, and the upcoming Lollipop Chainsaw, has teamed up with Japan's Mobage gaming network operator DeNA to form a new social gaming company. According to a DeNA, the studio is tentatively named Grasshopper Social Network Service Inc. and will focus on developing social games exclusively for the Mobage platform catering to the smartphone market.

Expect more No More Heroes spin-offs and mobile ports in the near future.
Expect more No More Heroes spin-offs and mobile ports in the near future.

The office will be located in Shinjuku, Tokyo, and will officially open in November. Company CEO Goichi "Suda 51" Suda will be the CEO of the firm. He said in the press release that his aim is to bring Grasshopper Manufacture franchises to a new world of gamers thanks to the service's network and the popularity of social mobile games.

Suda and his team are no strangers to the social and mobile gaming business, with their most recent venture being the upcoming mobile version of No More Heroes.

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Social gaming is getting impulse...

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So Sound like they makeing plan B. they know Lollipop chainsaw wont work. Soz to say to Susa51 you should stick what you do best Res evil games. Feel like susa51 and this go broke by next year one word make your own studio in japan and work with capcom again ya.

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And the world keeps on spinning. Honestly, if you believe that anything bad can be derived from this, you're worrying over nothing. Social games are not the cancer of the industry that everyone believes they are. If anything, I'd say that bland, brown/grey shooters are slowly sucking the imagination out of video games.

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looks like the glory days of grasshopper Manufacture has already died first the Shadows of the Damned game and now this news