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GRIN blames Square-Enix for closure
Posted: 30.05.2011 05:53 by Comments: 19
Two years after their closure, the founders of GRIN, best known for developing Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter for the PC, blames Square-Enix for their demise. Co-founders Ulf and Bo Andersson stated Square-Enix not only made ridiculous demands of the firm, but it also reneged on $20 million contract for an unreleased Final Fantasy spin-off game which was codenamed Fortress, while demanding GRIN fax it the game’s code and music files.

“It is as silly as it sounds,” Bo Andersson mocked, “It is an impossible requirement, you can not send ASCII or binary codes on the fax. It is backward. Really retarded. It was almost a criminal activity.”

Worse, the founders claim that Square-Enix kept turning down the work they themselves had commissioned. They didn't like the Nordic style despise specifically requesting it. It got so bad, GRIN, as a test, sent them work from previous Final Fantasy games only to have a response that "It doesn't look like Final Fantasy."

“Then we realized that whatever we do … they have decided,” Bo Andersson said. “We wanted to come in and revolutionize Final Fantasy, which is exactly what they need. The latest version sucks of course.”

Both Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy XIV have received execrable reviews.
Source: VG247

Comments

By Thibby (SI Core Veteran) on May 30, 2011
Thibby
FF is just too old, they should give the franchise a break.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on May 30, 2011
herodotus
Never was drawn into the FF world, but I'm pretty sure SE's reply to all of this would have been: "Can't you take a hint?".
It's a shame as GRIN did well with the GRAW franchise and GRAW 2 is still played in MP, with heaps of Mods and additional Campaigns and Missions made by the community. Sad to see a good Dev go down, but that's business.
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on May 30, 2011
FoolWolf
Really a shame that Grin met their end - but most of the studio, if I'm not wrong, turned up at Avalanche...
By Eversor (SI Elite) on May 30, 2011
Eversor
You just gotta love that GRIN.
By neilmike (SI Core) on May 30, 2011
neilmike
eh! i though grin has worked with under ubisoft ??
then why really blames Square-Enix..how strange !!!

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By PowerJack (SI Elite) on May 30, 2011
PowerJack
I prefer DQ, specially since the last couple FFs.
By VHugoSama (SI Core) on May 30, 2011
VHugoSama
DQ never changes its always the same crap at least they try to change FF, of course they failed miserably.
By Thibby (SI Core Veteran) on May 30, 2011
Thibby
Exactly, DQ always does the same stuff :s
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on May 30, 2011
FoolWolf
Well they did release some crappy games in a row come to think of it: Terminator, Bionic Commando...
By Thibby (SI Core Veteran) on May 30, 2011
Thibby
Omg Terminator Salvation it was I guess, the most crappy game ever made! xp
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on May 30, 2011
herodotus
I can't think of one "Terminator" game (or movie, for that matter) that wasn't rubbish.
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on May 31, 2011
FoolWolf
Terminator 1 and 2 was not rubbish Hero - you simply don't know what you are talking about ;)
The games however have all been crap - part from the arcade shooter with a silver Uzi that ate your coins quicker then Pac Man eats dots... That was cool and rather fun - especially when you played two!
By Thibby (SI Core Veteran) on May 31, 2011
Thibby
Salvation was really terrible, everything was wrong: it was short, bad story, bad weapons, bad camera, almost no different types off enemies, extremely boring. Try it if you wonna now what boring really means xD
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on May 31, 2011
FoolWolf
No thank you - I played Homefront and back in the days I played Summoner...
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on May 31, 2011
herodotus
"The Terminator"...yeah the first one. I fell asleep at the cinema trying to watch it (in a double bill with "Rambo II"...that also put me to sleep). Have tried many times to watch it again, but have failed to enjoy it every time (Arnie loved the role; he felt it gave him great flexibilty as an actor...ughhhh).
"Terminator 2"...kill the kid, and you've got a fairly good film.
The games stink, however and I've played them all (I love the concept, not the implementation).
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Jun 01, 2011
FoolWolf
I think I got the better deal - I liked the films and skipped the games ;)
By Eversor (SI Elite) on Jun 01, 2011
Eversor
@ Herodotus. Did you play the PC version of Salvation? If so, did you have any trouble installing it? I haven't been able to install my copy.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jun 01, 2011
herodotus
Ahh, no I missed "Salvation" so I haven't played them all. My bad:)
By Eversor (SI Elite) on Jun 03, 2011
Eversor
Okay.