Grasshopper Manufacture is teaming up with DeNA on a social gaming company, according to a DeNA press release. The name may be tentative, but "Grasshopper Social Network Service, Inc." has a mission that seems pretty concrete: develop and manage games exclusively for DeNA's social gaming network, Mobage.
The company is being formed this November, with a physical presence in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Suda Goichi (51) will be CEO. Gamers may know him as the CEO of...Grasshopper Manufacture, whose titles include the No More Heroes games, as well as Shadows of the Damned and the upcoming Lollipop Chainsaw.
In the press release, Goichi had this to say: "Our new venture with DeNA will allow us to explore creative ways to bring Grasshopper Manufacture’s universe to a new world of players. Mobage’s world-class entertainment network and the power of social mobile games will unlock new types of experiences for our fans."
Given that Mobage has launched in the US, it's entirely possible that we'll be seeing some of this new company's games in North America. The Grasshopper Manufacture games Humans vs. Zombies and Alien Busters are already slated for a winter 2012 release.