Okami Director Not Happy About the Wii Port
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.