Grasshopper Manufacture has just lost two key staffers, with both the company’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief Creative Officer resigning from their posts. Yasuhiro Wada, creator of Harvest Moon and Yoshiro Kimura, creator of Little King’s Story had both joined Grasshopper less than a year ago, after a successful stint at Marvelous Entertainment.
Wada and Grasshopper Manufacture CEO Goichi Suda (better known as Suda51) met when they worked together on the PS2 version of Flower, Sun, and Rain. Wada later left Marvelous and branched out on his own, before being asked to join GhM in 2010.
Similarly, Kimura was thinking about retiring from video games when Suda approached him with a proposal. After apparently spelling out both the “good and bad points” about working at GhM, Kimura decided to take the leap and sign up with the Shadows of the Damned developer.
Now though, both men have left the company, with no word on their future projects. It is not yet known how – or if – their decisions will affect the many games currently in development at GhM, including Sine Mora, Black Knight Sword, Rebuild of Evangelion: Sound Impact, Codename D for Kinect and, of course, Lollipop Chainsaw.
We have contacted Grasshopper Manufacture for comment.
Picture from Famitsu’s announcement that the trio would be working together in 2010.