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If you don’t know developer Suda51 by title, you must. His work contains writing and directing the likes of the No More Heroes collection, Shadows of the Damned, Lollipop Chainsaw, and extra. His resume runs deep, and he’s hoping to announce his subsequent undertaking this 12 months.
The information comes from the NetEase Connect 2022 livestream (through Siliconera). The Chinese firm acquired Suda51’s studio Grasshopper Manufacture in October of final 12 months. Grasshopper is now two studios, because it seems, although each are underneath the NetEase banner. Yabukiri Studio is called after a species of cricket, which is sort of acceptable given its pairing with Grasshopper Manufacture, and it’s now open for enterprise. Suda51 spoke concerning the new location and his future plans through the livestream. It’s not clear if his subsequent game is being labored on at each studios, however he does hope to announce it by the tip of the 12 months, although the reveal might slip into 2023. He additionally expressed a need to “create projects focused [on] and directed towards a younger audience,” however that might not be tied to this subsequent game.
The NetEase Connect stream was filled with loads of different creators and game initiatives. The firm has made a behavior out of each scooping up and creating new studios in current months. Reportedly, it’s trying to purchase out Quantic Dream and announce the acquisition this summer season; this comes after an preliminary funding within the firm. Such an acquisition might be good for the Star Wars Eclipse developer, because it’s dealing with a number of poisonous office allegations.
As for brand new studios, NetEase has based two this 12 months. The first is Nagoshi Studio, named after Yakuza collection creator Toshihiro Nagoshi, who’s operating the show there. The second is Jackalope Games, NetEase’s first studio within the United States, situated in Texas particularly. Veteran MMO developer Jack Emmert was appointed as studio head.