Ragnarok Online Publisher Acquires Lollipop Chainsaw Developer

I didn’t think we’d see a more unexpected purchase than Wargaming.net snapping up Day 1 Studios this week. The folks at the helm of Grasshopper Manufacture, creators of Lollipop Chainsaw and Heroes No Mores, took me by surprise once again. The company will be merging with GungHo Group, the Japanese company responsible for publishing Ragnarok Online.

The all-Japanese announcement doesn’t give many specifics on why two drastically different companies see any business synergies. According to Inside Gaming Daily, the plan is to wield “the power of managing online games” to facilitate more enjoyable experiences.

The merger announcement made no mention of layoffs or internal changes. This includes on-going development of Killer is Dead.