Massimo Guarini parts ways with Japanese development house, sets up teaser for next endeavor, Ovosonico.
Massimo Guarini has left Grasshopper Manufacture, apparently to set up a studio of his own. A teaser page for Ovosonico Productions was recently launched, proclaiming the upstart outfit as coming soon "from the director of the acclaimed Shadows of the Damned."
A veteran of multiple media, Guarini's next venture will do more than just make games. The studio's teaser site boasts the tag line, "The sound of bold ideas," and a look at the site's source code reveals a second slogan, "Games, Music, Films with an attitude."
Before Shadows of the Damned, Guarini had a couple stints with Ubisoft, where he was involved in the Tom Clancy-branded Splinter Cell and Rainbow Six series, and he later directed Naruto: Rise of a Ninja. The multitalented developer's career has also seen him work as a photographer and filmmaker.
Released last month, Shadows of the Damned tells the story of Garcia Hotspur, who goes on a trip to hell to save his true love, Paula. His travelling companion on the long, hard road through hell is a foul-mouthed demonic skull named Johnson that can morph into a variety of guns but is also effective as a torch.
The game was critically acclaimed but commercially underwhelming. Though Guarini directed it, the names most typically associated with the game were that of executive director Suda-51, creative producer Shinji Mikami, and composer Akira Yamaoka.
For more on the game, check out GameSpot's review.
I really need to play this game. It seems he's a jack of all trades. I'll look forward to his future projects
same happened to bayonetta.. looks like gaming is really changing. well i enjoyed this game thou to people who didnt like it il say you guys are a bunch of losers who has no humor in life
@dynomitemasta I've bought it,played it, and enjoyed every moment. Everybody got a different taste, so go on kid, go hate it..
@dynomitemasta I bought it in the release week. I played through on Hard and really enjoyed it. It's definitely one of the best games I've played this year. Everyone has different taste. Just because you didn't like it, that doesn't mean no-one will.
@Zerabp... see? for those of us that actually bought the game on day one, well, we're the only ones that actually know how bad it is. Everyone that is praising it here haven't played it yet, yet because we aren't gaga over it they get all tight and puckered. I say. go on kids, go buy it... then come back and apologize.
I went to sell it back to Gamestop and you can't even give the game away... They offered $5...I'll give it to someone for free at that price. And all of you loving on this game, how about buying it before you play it next time. It looks much better in still pictures than when your playing it.
I bought the game and it sucked, if it becomes a cult classic that will be a depressing comment on the state of games...
I really like the game, it was really depressing to see it get such a cold welcome regarding sales. Surely, not a game for everyone, but considering how warmly it was reviewed by both professionals and gamers, I'd expect better sales. Glad I got a copy day one :D
Awesome game, I grew very fond of Garcia and your sidekick Johnson, I played the game again as soon as I finished it, even with other games still to be played (Two Worlds 2 and Dead Space 2)
If you like games like Silent Hill & Condemmed Bloodshot 2 meet Dantes Inferno & Darksiders pick this awesome game up
DMD never try to be scary, so it is not. For me it's a good game, I've played all the difficulties just for fun and that's enough replay value. Hope this guy continue bringing good and unique game ..
It's a shame he's leaving Grasshopper, but he's going to pursue his own dreams, and for that, I say: Best of luck. Also: He directed Naruto: Rise of a Ninja? Wow, I never knew that. I suppose Shadows of the Damned will become a cult classic quite soon.
I dont think SOTD didnt sell well because it was just release. they have lot's of time. Maybe at the moment people need to save money and there's a time when people start to buy this game
Wow, I've been considering buying the game for a few weeks now, I know I'll love it I just have to decide when I want to spend the money on it. I'm curious why he left... I remember reading an article about this guy like 4 months ago and it seemed that he loved everything about his job. He also seems like an incredibly creative guy so I'll be following whatever else he does, he kind of reminds me of Tim Shafer.
Thank God... Shadows of the Damned was neither scary OR funny... hey devs, do us all a favor and leave the comedy to the comedians and definitely leave it out of horror.
Oh well, at least he's still going to make games. Sad that Shadows of the Damned didn't sell well. Great game. I feel like it's this year's Enslaved. Great original premise, and good all around game that just gets ignored. The lack of marketing on both games didn't help either.
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