Okami Director Not Happy About the Wii Port

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Fans of Okami have had their own issues with the Wii port of the game, and it looks like the original game’s director has one huge complaint of his own. Apparently, Clover, the PS2 version’s developer, was dissolved following Okami’s release; so Ready at Dawn was recruited for the Wii port. According to Capcom, the credits at the end of the game were presented in a pre-rendered video that featured the Clover logo, which they couldn’t use for legal reasons. Director Hideki Kamiya recently expressed his disappointment upon learning that his name along with practically everyone on the original development team had been cut from the Wii version’s credits:

I don’t know the details behind why the staff roll was cut… But what do you all think about the issue? I’m not disappointed because my name was removed from the game. Of course, we all have pride in our work; we all want to stand up and say “I made this!” Yet more importantly, I find it extremely regrettable that the omoi that went into the staff roll is gone from the game as well. (Translator’s note: The Japanese word – ?? – omoi – is best defined as a combination of thoughts, emotions, and messages. I’ve left it in Japanese as I feel it better suits Kamiya-san’s intentions.)

Yeah, that would be disappointing, to say the least. It’s particularly disheartening for a game like Okami which was based almost entirely on creative gameplay and a highly artistic style.

Via Platinum Inc. Blog, English Translation [via Kotaku]

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2 Comments on Okami Director Not Happy About the Wii Port

Daniel

On May 1, 2008 at 1:19 pm

Okami was such a great game. It isn’t Capcom’s fault though. If the developers were still a part of Clover, then I’m sure they would have gladly put their company in the credits.

I believe Capcom should have stepped up and at least put the individuals names in the credits with an added “Former Clover Developer Team Members:” or something along those lines. It’s a shame the people who worked so hard to make this great game don’t get the credit they truly deserve.

Zom

On May 2, 2008 at 2:04 pm

That’s bull! Okami’s an amazing game and the original creators should get the majority of the credit, or at least a portion. Legal or not, they deserve credit!!