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No respek: Wii Okami cuts staff credits, saddens creator

11:14 AM on 05.01.2008 // Jim Sterling
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Poor Clover studios. Its critically acclaimed Okami never sold well, the studio got dissolved, and now, to add insult to injury, Capcom had decided not to credit the developers in its beloved adventure game's Wii port, effectively severing ties between Clover and its creation.

"I feel dejected, and not only because my own name has been erased from my creation," confessed Okami director Hideki Kamiya on his blog."Of course we have pride in our work and we want to scream 'We made this!' from the top of our lungs. But more than that, the fact that they cut the entire staff is utterly deplorable."

Capcom's excuse is that the Clover logo was contained on the credits, which were part of a pre-rendered cutscene. That's an incredibly lame excuse as far as I'm concerned. I know Capcom seems to have trouble with removing logos from images, as the watermark nonsense proved, but come on. The people who actually made the game deserve credit.

Japanese Theme Reset performed by Hirahara Ayaka
Producer Atsushi Inaba
Director Hideki Kamiya
Lead Planner Hiroshi Shibata
Planner Joesuke Kaji
Planner Dai Oba
Planning Advisor Hiroki Kato
Planning Advisor Masaaki Yamada
Planning Advisor Tomoharu Fujii
Lead Character Designer Kenichiro Yoshimura
Lead Character Designer Sawaki Takeyasu
Lead Character Designer Mari Shimazaki
Lead Art Designer Naoki Katakai
Composer Masami Ueda
Composer Hiroshi Yamaguchi
Composer Rei Kondou
Translation Eric Bailey
Interface Miho Sakamoto
Visual Effetcs Takuo Yamamoto
Lead Programmer Ryuta Takahashi
Lead Sound Design Atsushi Mori
Lead Event Designer Kunihiko Tsuda


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