Looks like I picked the wrong month to quit blogging. 😉
As Famitsu reports (via 1UP and NintendoLife) Yoshiro Kimura has joined Suda51’s Grasshopper Manufacture as Chief Creative Officer alongside fellow Marvelous colleague Yasuhiro Wada, who will take the role of Chief Operating Officer. This obviously raises a number of questions. Such as: what is the fate of Marvelous now that it has lost Wada? And where does this leave the rumoured revival of Moon?
Interestingly, this is actually the third time that Grasshopper has collaborated with an ex-Lovedelic staff member. Akira Ueda developed several games including Shining Soul and Contact while at GHM, while Kimura himself contributed to the first No More Heroes.
Personally, I’m a huge HUGE Grasshopper fan, so I can’t wait to see what the studio turns out next. The developer has been recruiting cult games industry professionals like mad really and now boasts a team that includes Silent Hill’s Akira Yamaoka and Doshin The Giant creator Kazutoshi Iida in addition to Suda, Wada and Kimura. It boggles the mind to think what these five stark personalities could achieve together.