The ambitious studio will now be known as Platinum Games.
Earlier this year, the dream team developers from Capcom’s shuttered Clover Studios joined forces to create SEEDS, an ambitiously independent development studio. Atsushi Inaba (Viewtiful Joe), Shinji Mikami (Resident Evil), and Hideki Kamiya (Devil May Cry) formed the 51-person company with a mandate to “create entertainment products with a new, fresh feeling." Today SEEDS announced, via their official website, that they will be merging with an entity known as ODD Corporation, and that the resulting company will henceforth be known as Platinum Games.
Not much is known about the ODD Corporation at this time, but, as many gamers know, the credits of the founding members of SEEDS include some of the most influential games of the last ten years. During their tenure at Clover Studios, the SEEDS team developed an impressive number of critical sensations including Okami for the PlayStation 2 and Viewtiful Joe on GameCube. With the announcement of a new business partner and a new, more accessible name, we can hopefully look forward to the newly minted Platinum Games announcing an actual game sometime soon.
The merger will become official as of October 1, 2007.