Ex-Clover Members Plant Seeds
When we found out Clover Studios was shutting down last year, we all died a little inside. No, seriously. The end had come all too soon for such a promising development studio, but you can't keep a good team down. They're back, they're hungry; they're Seeds.
It's the newest house on the block, created by the designers of certain amazing titles with names like Resident Evil, Viewtiful Joe, Devil May Cry, and Okami, all of which were award-winning productions. Former Clover president Atsushi Inaba is taking the reigns of Seeds, and hopefully, they're poised to deliver more memorable gaming experiences in the near future.
For those of you interested in checking out some small details regarding this promising new development house, check out their new website. It doesn't offer much in the way of info, as it appears they're still recruiting, but to solidify the truth of the matter, Famitsu.com unveiled the news this morning. The company still needs to step forth and make the official announcement, though.
The site does tell us one important fact- the company was apparently formed on August 1, 2006, and featured 51 employees as of January. And of course, its "primary business" is the "planning and development of game software." At least some of the most talented guys in the industry didn't suddenly decide to sell aluminum siding. They're looking for programmers, designers, promotional staff, planners, and other qualified individuals to supplement what's already there, and when that's done, we should finally see some game news.
Avid gamers will recognize some of the names currently on the Seeds staff, and one could even consider it a development all-star team. Whatever they decide to do, for whatever platform, we have to conclude that this is definitely a good thing. Capcom may have ended Clover's reign, but Seeds is just beginning, and they're under the thumb of no one.
2/15/2007 Ben Dutka