Capcom announces plans for a promising new development studio.
Much of Capcom’s talent will have a new home when a new Osaka-based development studio opens shop on July 1st. Capcom has invested 90 million yen into a new fully-owned subsidiary named Clover Studios.
Managerial roles will be filled by key Capcom personalities, most importantly Viewtiful Joe producer Atsushi Inaba as president and CEO. Other high positions will be filled by Kenzo Tsujimoto (president and chairman of Capcom Co., Ltd.), Yoshifumi Yamashita (Director - Zelda: Oracle of Ages/Seasons), Haruhiro Tsujimoto (Senior Managing Directors and COO of Capcom Co., Ltd.), Tamio Oda (Managing Director of Capcom Co., Ltd)., Shinji Utsunomiya (Designer – Resident Evil), and Ryuta Takahashi (Software Engineer - Resident Evil). Clover Studio will consist of sixty-four people in total.
Capcom has made no announcements as to what types of games Clover Studio will pursue. However, with so many key employees having worked on Nintendo systems in the recent past, development for one of Nintendo’s current or upcoming platforms is a distinct possibility.