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GRIN talks about demise of Fortress project

May 28th, 2011 by Tony Garsow

We learned at one point in the past that Swedish developer GRIN was contacted by Square-Enix to make a Final Fantasy spinoff game in the Ivalice universe close to Final Fantasy XII. After the project’s cancellation due to quality concerns on Square-Enix’s end, many of the game’s assets leaked onto the web, showing a decidely Western-feeling action-game style presumably set after the events of FFXII. However, GRIN filed for bankruptcy soon after citing delayed payments from it’s contractors (one of which includes Square-Enix) and under Swedish law, cancelled all of it’s current projects.

Speaking with Aftonbladet, former GRIN staff crticized Square-Enix for how they handled the project from the top-down, claiming that miscommunication on Square-Enix’s behalf led to the project’s inevitable doom. They allege that Square-Enix required them to send their codes via fax to their legal department, which is a very unorthodox way to share assets between contractor and contractee. They go on to say that Square-Enix came to them to “revolutionize” Final Fantasy (or perhaps what we expect to be a Final Fantasy), and that GRIN modeled the Fortress project after that idea. After further development, they cite that Square-Enix did not like how it was progressing and pulled out.

Bo Andersson, of GRIN: “The latest version sucks of course.” when referring to the Final Fantasy series. It’s not particularly clear if he is referring to Final Fantasy XIII or Final Fantasy XIV, but it seems that the sentiment is clear.

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Via: VG247

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  • KizukuKanshi

    “but it seems that the sentiment is clear…ly made in bitterness.”

  • Blaster

    they’re claiming this now after all the years?

  • YonKitoTaoshibe

    Hmmm … SE hires a company in a Nordic country because they want a Nordic look, then they say they don’t like the Nordic look and ask for the most important info regarding a game to be faxed and flake out last minute on the funding. I was reading something regarding the pace of life in different countries in which they use the amount of minutes late one must be to a job to actually be regarded as ‘late’. America was 4 mins , Japan was 1 min , and Sweden was 9 or 10. On the related subject the Japanese follow a sort of ‘corruption with honor'(yeah, I know it sounds backwards) in which an organization will be as corrupt as they choose, but get all who deal with the group to deny everything to save face. That said, I think they had some kind of ulterior motive here, and this is coming from a guy who buys just about every FF title he can afford. A pity, truly.