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."

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andy capps5892d ago

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

ASSASSYN 36o5892d ago

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

Siesser5892d 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?

Ravenator5295892d 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!

specialguest5892d 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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