Clover Studios reborn as SEEDS: Gamers rejoice

by Mike


It wasn’t until the axe fell on Clove Studios, that we learned about Okami producer Atsushi Inaba’s June departure from the Capcom-operated development house. Okami, despite positive critical reception, never really took hold commercially. God Hand, the company’s final game before Capcom dissolved the studio, was received lukewarmly, but again — didn’t find success at retail. While Clover is no more, in its place SEEDS has appeared.

While SEEDS’ staff page is still a bit thin (a NeoGAF poster says the studio has 51 employees currently), it certainly has some recognizable names: Hideki Kamiya (Okami, Viewtiful Joe, Viewtiful Joe 2, Devil May Cry); Nao Ueda (Okami, Resident Evil 4), Yuta Kimura (Okami, Shadow of the Colossus), Mari Shimazaki (Okami) and Masami Ueda (Okami, Viewtiful Joe, Viewtiful Joe 2).

Over at the Game|Life blog Chris Kohler translated Clover Studios’ introduction:

Atsushi Inaba. Hideki Kamiya. Shinji Mikami. And a specially selected staff.

We are the Seeds that caused the vibrant flowers Resident Evil, Devil May Cry, Steel Battalion, Viewtiful Joe, and Okami to come into bloom.

Although we alight upon a different earth, even though the soil is different, our hearts — closely pursuing the dream of “play” — have not changed.

Now, with a renewed spirit, we want to once again challenge the world of entertainment. But to do this, we need many, many more seeds.

So, we are currently searching far and wide for people who want to work alongside us. For people who want to build their future. People who are currently making games elsewhere.

Would you like to make some “preposterously amazing” games with us?

So, there’s the origin of the name. Obviously, SEEDS has the people in place, but who will publish their games? Microsoft has been looking for a foothold in Japan. Something tells me Microsoft is gonna come a knockin.


~ by Mike on February 15, 2007.

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