SUDA51 and Grasshopper Manufacture are renowned for their zany and immensely stylish video games which have proved to be fan favourites over the years. The team recently released the long-awaited final game in the No More Heroes franchise, No More Heroes 3, and talk has finally turned to what’s next for the company.
Speaking in a recent interview with VGC, SUDA51 says that they have three new IPs in the works and pre-production work has already begun on the first though they will share more at a later date. SUDA51 was also quizzed by the publication about pre-existing games that he would like to reboot and was questioned whether it would be a Nintendo property. He replied, “If I’m going to do something to really surprise all the gamers out there, then I’d like to do it together with Nintendo.”
“We’ve got a general plan in place for the next ten years. At this point, we’re planning on doing three titles over the next decade: three new IPs,” he said. “We’ve actually already begun the pre-production stuff on the first title, but I can’t say anything about it just yet.”
“While I wouldn’t say the games we plan to make are going to be full-on AAA titles, they aren’t exactly going to be really small-scale or anything like [3DS shooter] Liberation Maiden, either; I’d say they’re probably going to be around ‘AA’-scale games. As in, the games themselves will be around AA-level scale, and the core team making them will be a relatively compact team.”
“With regard to the three new IPs I mentioned, we may actually go a slightly different route,” he explained. “What I mean is, we may actually decide to do like one new, original IP – the one we’re working on now – and then make a game version of an existing IP for our second game, and then go back and do another new one for the third one.
“There are a few games from back in the day that I’d like to get my hands on and try to do a reboot or a remake of some kind, or we may get approached by the right company with the right IP and decide to go with that… We’ll see how things work out.”
Quizzed on which “games from back in the day” he would like to reboot, and if they could be from frequent collaborator Nintendo, Suda said: “Again, I don’t have any concrete plans at the moment, but of course I’m always open to a collaboration with Nintendo.
“It would be really cool to be able to work on a reboot or remake of some of the older Nintendo IPs that have been around for awhile, especially some of the ones that have been dormant for a long time. If I’m going to do something to really surprise all the gamers out there, then I’d like to do it together with Nintendo.”