Shadows of the Damned director leaves Grasshopper

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."

Guarini's last game was 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.

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39 comments
megakick
megakick

probably got sick of directing medicore games and wanted to make his own stuff. RE > SotD

wolf0
wolf0

its good playing it now but its more of a $ 30 game pick it up later

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

@BlackSheepWalls Nonsense. I played the whole game and didn't encounter any bugs.

BlackSheepWalls
BlackSheepWalls

bayonetta was good and still successful enough, this game just sucked and was a beta

theslimdavylp
theslimdavylp

I really need to play this game. It seems he's a jack of all trades. I'll look forward to his future projects

coldsauce09
coldsauce09

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

punu40
punu40

@dynomitemasta I've bought it,played it, and enjoyed every moment. Everybody got a different taste, so go on kid, go hate it..

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

@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.

Didgeriedoodude
Didgeriedoodude

Dynomitemasta BestBuy gave me $23 for it! GameStops values are horrible lol @ $5

dynomitemasta
dynomitemasta

@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.

dynomitemasta
dynomitemasta

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.

Guzthon
Guzthon

I wish Massino Guarini all the good luck success in the world. :)

Zerabp
Zerabp

I bought the game and it sucked, if it becomes a cult classic that will be a depressing comment on the state of games...

Crash_WL
Crash_WL

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

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

Garcia Hotspur? Are you kidding me? PASS!

johngriffin
johngriffin

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)

Psychokillaz
Psychokillaz

If you like games like Silent Hill & Condemmed Bloodshot 2 meet Dantes Inferno & Darksiders pick this awesome game up

Nemesis958
Nemesis958

DMD is one of the best games of the year, more people need to buy it.

bogan79
bogan79

he went out on a high note at least

vgdeath
vgdeath

i thot this game was funny as hell its a must have for shooter fans

punu40
punu40

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 ..

CamoBullo
CamoBullo

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.

hippiesanta
hippiesanta

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

Kashmiro
Kashmiro

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.

megadeth1117
megadeth1117

@CHROMEFLAMIN Because it's not worth $60

Merex760
Merex760

@raptures330 Agreed. One of the most underrated games this gen.

JustPlainLucas
JustPlainLucas

Damn, Shadows of the Damned was a great game... so much for a sequel... :(

Drkcloud07
Drkcloud07

shadows of the damned was awesome! no it wasnt scary but still a great game

dynomitemasta
dynomitemasta

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.

mtait01
mtait01

its a shame, but he has a very good track record, I hope he moves on to bigger and better things

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

It's a bad and good thing here. very shocking though.

pokecharm
pokecharm

this seems surprising to me...but good for him, I suppose :)

raptures330
raptures330

@Merex760 Enslaved deserved a lot better than it got. Q_Q

Merex760
Merex760

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.

001011000101101
001011000101101

Pretty sad that SotD only sold 47,000 copies. But I didn't buy it either, so who am I to blame.

Iridescent406
Iridescent406

At least he left with a bang, glad he's not going out of the game making business too.