The formerly independent studio Grasshopper Manufacture has now been acquired by GungHo Online Entertainment. Goichi Suda (Suda 51) is the creative mind at Grasshopper and they were responsible for No More Heroes, Lollipop Chainsaw, and the upcoming game Killer Is Dead. GungHo on the other hand is responsible for many online MMOs such as the popular game Ragnarok Online.
The two companies don't seem to have much in common and the acquisition was a surprise after the recent success of Lollipop Chainsaw last year and the media blitz Grasshopper has been doing recently for Killer Is Dead. Suda 51 commented on the future of Grasshopper and had this to say.
[[quote]]"By joining GungHo Online Entertainment, we are aligning ourselves with a strong, established publishing force that will support our vision to further create inspired new games that appeal players across the world. The Grasshopper team and I have many new ideas to share with our fans as we move forward so this union with GOE will help us realize our future plans."[[/quote]]
Only time can tell what these two companies coming together will bring, but once we know we will be sure to keep you updated. What do you see happening after this acquisition? Let us know in the comments below.