Suda 51 Wants to Make No More Heroes Sequel
Grasshopper's top creators speak about No More Heroes, Shadows of the Damned and more at charity event.
There weren't any new game announcements at Grasshopper Manufacture's Grassstream 2 Travis VS. Garcia charity event yesterday. But Grasshopper CEO Suda 51 did comment on the possibility of a game that's surely high on the most wanted list of any Grasshopper fan.
As reported at Famitsu.com, Suda spoke of the possibility of a No More Heroes sequel, saying "Although it won't happen soon, I'd like to do it at some point." Referring to the two colleagues who were at his side, character designer Yusuke Kozaki and mecha designer Shigeto Koyama, he added "Let's make it together."
This comment came during the first part of the event, which was devoted to No More Heroes and featured a talk session between Suda, Kozaki and Koyama. Kozaki revealed that he made so many characters that went unused in the past games that they could make two more No More Heroes games. Kozaki also said that he'd like to direct a game where the game's Shinobu character is the main character.
Other No More Hereos revelations included a look at a prototype figure for the game's Sylvia character. The figure is being made by figure maker Yamato as the first figure conversion for Grasshopper Manufacture. Release details will be announced later.
The event also saw an introduction to Grasshopper's iPhone charity app Frog Minutes, which is now available on Appstore (all proceeds from the ¥115 app go to the Red Cross to aid in earthquake relief efforts). Idol group Vanilla Beans demoed the game live and also performed a live concert.
Shadows of the Damned was featured at the event as part of a talk session between Suda 51 and composer Akira Yamaoka. In Japan, the Grasshopper and Electronic Arts tie-up has been given a vague summer release time frame. Suda said to expect a release towards the end of summer (late August). The voice actor for Johnson, sidekick to main character Garcia, was revealed to be Tatsuya Gashuin. Suda said to expect the rest of the cast to also be as impressive.
In closing comments at the event, Grasshopper's Kazutoshi Iida (Aquanaut's Holiday, Discipline, Kyojin no Doshin) said that he's making a new game with the theme of "Japan's future." This is being made for a completely new hardware that's in Tokyo's Odaiba area, he said, and is being made in collaboration with Mamoru Mouri, former astronaut and current head of Japan's National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation. We can expect to see the product in August. (Iida's comments would suggest that this is not a game in the traditional console or portable sense -- perhaps it will be an exhibit at the museum, which is located in Odaiba?)
Visit Famitsu.com for pictures from the event.