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Clover Studio
Clover Studio
Type Kabushiki gaisha
Fate Dissolved into Capcom
Founded 2004-07-01
Defunct 2007-03
Headquarters Japan
Key people CEO: Atsushi Inaba
Vice-President: Kenzo Tsujimoto
Director: Yoshifumi Yamashita
Senior Manager: Haruhiro Tsujimoto
Managing Director: Tamio Oda
Design Lead: Shinji Utsunomiya
Software Engineer: Ryuta Takahashi
Industry Computer and video game industry
Products Ōkami
Viewtiful Joe
God Hand
Employees 64
Parent Capcom
Clover Studio (「株式会社クローバースタジオ」?; Kabushiki gaisha Kurōbā Sutajio) was an independent Japanese development studio, funded by Capcom Japan. Clover Studio developed the PlayStation 2 port of Viewtiful Joe, both versions of Viewtiful Joe 2 for the Nintendo GameCube and PlayStation 2, and the PlayStation 2 titles Ōkami and God Hand. The name "clover" is supposedly an abbreviation of "creativity lover";[1] however, according to Insert Credit's more recent interview with Clover's CEO Atsushi Inaba, the name Clover derives from the Japanese syllables mi ("three") and ba ("leaf") coming from the names of Shinji Mikami and Clover's Atsushi Inaba.[2]

On October 12 2006, a Capcom Co., Ltd. Board of Directors meeting resolved to dissolve Clover Studio. The dissolution occurred at the end of March 2007.[3] All of Clover's intellectual properties defaulted back to Capcom, leaving the possibility open for further sequels. God Hand was the last game developed by Clover.

Talent from Clover has regrouped to form Seeds Inc., a new development group,[4] which in October 2007 merged with another company (ODD Incorporated) to form Platinum Games.[5]

Games developed by Clover Studio

  • Viewtiful Joe - (2003) (PlayStation 2, port from GameCube)
  • Viewtiful Joe 2 – (2004) (GameCube and PlayStation 2)
  • Viewtiful Joe: Red Hot Rumble – (2005) (GameCube)
  • Viewtiful Joe: Double Trouble! – (2005) (Nintendo DS)
  • Viewtiful Joe: Red Hot Rumble – (2006) (PlayStation Portable)
  • Ōkami – (2006) (PlayStation 2)
  • God Hand – (2006) (PlayStation 2)

See also


  1. "Capcom Forms Clover Studio". Game Gossip. 2004-04-21. Retrieved 2005-07-18.  (The link for Clover Studio is dead.)
  2. "Insert Credit Article". Insert Credit. 2006-10-12. Retrieved 2006-10-14. 
  3. "Press Release 2006". Capcom Co., Ltd.. 2006-10-12. Archived from the original on 2006-10-29. Retrieved 2006-10-12. 
  4. Gantayat, Anoop (2007). "Clover Reborn". Retrieved 2007-08-09. 
  5. プラチナゲームズ株式会社

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