Breaking: Clover Studio is Dead

As of today, the studio behind Viewtiful Joe, Okami and God Hand is no more. Clover Studio was shuttered by main shareholder Capcom. At a Board of Directors' meeting was held, and it was decided that Clover should dissolved. The reason? According to the Capcom IR release:

"Clover Studio Co., Ltd. has met the goal of developing unique and creative original home video game software, however, in view of promoting a business strategy that concentrates management resources on a selected business to enhance the efficiency of the development power of the entire Capcom group, the dissolution of Clover Studio Co., Ltd. has been raised and passed at a Board of Directors' meeting."

andy capps6260d ago

So 3 successful original IP's equals getting shut down... yikes!

ASSASSYN 36o6260d ago

Capcom quit sitting around nukeing studios and go make my damn steel battalion LOC 2.

Siesser6260d ago

I own Viewtiful Joe, Viewtiful Joe 2, Okami, and God Hand (the last two of which I'm still in the midst of playing). Clover Studios was one of those gaming divisions that I'd probably purchase a product from blindly, so strong was my faith in their work. Sorry to hear about this; it's always a shame when the biggest money-maker isn't the most artistic or best designed game, but the ones that appeal to the masses :(

Psychonauts, Beyond Good & Evil, Viewtiful Joe, Okami, God Hand, Ico, SotC . . . how do these games just go unadopted? What are people playing instead?

Ravenator5296260d ago

Sadly its all about who the game appeals too. All of the games you listed are hailed as "great games that no one is playing".

The funny thing is that even though I have been told that these are great games, I have only played three that you have listed.

Another problem is that the "hype" isn't there. "Hype" sells! Even if the game sucks! Look how many copies of the original Killzone sold off of hype alone. I can admit that I fell for it!

specialguest6260d ago

i think most of us longed for creative and original titles, but the sales number just isn't big once these games are released. it's amazing how games like WWE wrestling rake up the huge dough everytime it's released. nothing against wrestling games in general, but it's still the same game with updated graphics and storylines. i blame the marketing department for this mishap.

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A Look Through the Absolute Best PS2 Games of All Time

Take it down the memory lane with this ultimate list of the best PlayStation 2 games of all time. Just the best of the best right here.

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isarai54d ago

It's so disappointing that to this day, I have not seen a game match what BLACK offers in an FPS.

ApocalypseShadow54d ago

Shame isn't it. I thought we'd be at a point of destructible backgrounds, objects, pyrotechnics etc in shooters. I sold many a copy in the demo unit when I managed a franchise Game Crazy back then. But I stopped playing shooters because they didn't evolve. Heavy weapon. Shoot a wall or glass. Nothing happens. Lol. Except for Killzone 2. I enjoyed that.

But then I woke and remembered it's EA. EA didn't care really. They just wanted to kill competition from Criterion and Burnout. And own Renderware to profit from as many developers used that engine. Only thing was that developers ran as fast as they could away from EA to Unreal Engine and its pop in and Vaseline graphics. Shame on EA. And then they bought Dice for Frostbite. Evil busters.

Anyway, too many PS2 games to count. Some of my personal faves being DMC, Genji, Bujingai, Blood Will Tell, Onimusha, Way of the Samurai, Japanese Berserk, Japanese Macross game that blew away the US Robotech game, RAD, Castlevania Lament of Innocence.... there's just too many. Let me stop. Lol

Cacabunga54d ago

Code Veronica
Dead or Alive 2 Hardcore
The Getaway
Time Crisis 3
Mark of Kri

are some of my all times favorites missing on that list

shinoff218353d ago

I've always Saud I'm not a fan of fps much , there's been some I really like and thought were really dope. Black falls into that category.

CoNn3rB54d ago

I would love nothing more than a remaster of the Jak series, including Jak X

Flawlessmic53d ago (Edited 53d ago )

The greatest console of all time !!!!

The last console from when gaming was pure, games didn't take 5 years to release, no online only, no half finished games, no mtx.

Ps2 was just banger after banger after banger.

It will always be my favourite.

sagapo53d ago

No Timesplitters in the list??

FinalFantasyFanatic53d ago

This is a really good list, pretty happy with the choices here.


The Capcom Series Most in Need of Revival

Capcom recently revealed interest in reviving their dormant IPs, so it's time to look at which Capcom series would make sense to return.

Knightofelemia550d ago

Breath of Fire, Knights of the Round, Saturday Night Slam Masters, a proper Bionic Commando game, Ghosts and Goblins. I am all down for Dino Crisis loved 1 and 2 one thing I like about Capcom is their massive library of games that need to be brought back to life. Next to Konami, Namco, Sega, old Squaresoft, Capcom was and is another one of my favorite developers. I would like it if Disney would just let Capcom make a Marvel game or two or Disney should let Capcom handle some Disney games. Capcom pulled of some great games with both Disney characters and Marvel characters.