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|Kabushiki Gaisha Gurasuhoppā Manifakuchua|
|Industry||Video game industry|
|Founded||30 April 1998|
|Headquarters||Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan|
Number of employees
|Parent||GungHo Online Entertainment (2013–present)|
The company was founded on 30 March 1998 in Suginami, Japan. Grasshopper gained mainstream attention in 2005 for the GameCube and PlayStation 2 game killer7. In addition to killer7, they have developed Michigan: Report from Hell (released in Japan, Europe) and a number of Japan-only titles. Grasshopper Manufacture was also responsible for the Nintendo DS game Contact, the Wii game No More Heroes and its sequel No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle, and Shadows of the Damned. The company is headed by Goichi Suda, also known as Suda51, and is noted for its original and imaginative titles - ones that are also fraught with financial risk. Potential losses are often made up by the development of games based on popular anime franchises, such as Samurai Champloo: Sidetracked, Blood+: One Night Kiss, and Rebuild of Evangelion: Sound Impact.
In May 2007, Suda announced during a speech at the 2007 Game Developers Conference that Grasshopper was at the time working on three titles for the Wii, two of which have now been released: No More Heroes and Fatal Frame IV. There is no information on the status of the third Wii game in development then.
Grasshopper was said to be working on an Xbox 360 title, and have presented a concept for a PlayStation 3 game called Kurayami, a non-linear action adventure inspired by the worrying and confused universe of the Czech writer Franz Kafka, whom Goichi Suda admires. This was later cancelled and reincorporated ideas were put into the game Shadows of the Damned.
Employee count doubled in the span of 18 months to 140 by 2011.
- Microsoft Windows, macOS, and Linux versions published by Grasshopper Manufacture; PlayStation 4 version published by Nippon Ichi Software in Japan and by NIS America internationally
- Microsoft Windows version published by NIS America
- Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux, and PlayStation 4 versions published by Nippon Ichi Software in Japan and by NIS America internationally
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