Bionic Commando Rearmed team re-formed

Ex-GRIN developers establish retro-minded Might and Delight studio in Stockholm, "advancing back to the '80s."

Almost exactly a year after 2008's Bionic Commando Rearmed was released, the game's developer, Swedish studio GRIN, closed its doors. That developer is gone, but its demise paved the way for multiple new studios to be established.

Because nothing says great games like blinged-out vampire teeth.

A couple dozen former GRIN developers from Terminator: Salvation started up Outbreak Studios to work on games for the iPhone and PC before the closure had even been announced, and today the Bionic Commando Rearmed team announced its reformation as Might and Delight. The developers did not specify a first project but proclaimed they were "here to repeat our former success."

"It's no secret we love retro," the developer said. "Our ambition is to continue doing what we started with Rearmed. Small, fresh games with strong old school flavor."

GRIN's Bionic Commando Rearmed for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC was the first--and the best-reviewed--of four titles the Swedish studio would produce in its final year. While Rearmed sold well out of the gate, the studio's Wanted: Weapons of Fate, Terminator: Salvation, and stand-alone revamp of Bionic Commando all fell critically and commercially short.

For more on Might and Delight, check out the studio's Web site.

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48 comments
sieg6529
sieg6529

I played the original BC and loved it way back in '89, but I gotta admit the remake was pretty sweet. I would love to see this done for a few other classics.

lamprey263
lamprey263

I wish more studios had the ambition to revamp our classics, or make fresh new games with a classic feel to them.

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

I enjoyed BC (not Rearmed). Simply one of the best games out there. I don't get at all why everybody hates it.

volcomstoner180
volcomstoner180

nintendo should really get on this...re armed was such a good game one of my favorites for xbla

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

I am delighted. Nintendo needs to buy Might and Delight studio a.s.a.p.

dynomitemasta
dynomitemasta

they would be better off getting jobs at high profile developers to sharpen their craft .... there is nothing wrong with wanting to better yourself.... I just don't think anyone involved on that team should be making games themselves.. their games just aren't that good... even at their best they are well below the average of great..... we don't need more B games.

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

Rearmed was awesome... if they can get back to making games similar to that, or even make another Bionic Commando sidescroller game in the same vein, they could find success again.

freekedoutfish
freekedoutfish

Considering what a complete mess Rearmed was to play and how much I regretted wasted my money on it, purely motivated by a high score (which I dont understand), I hope they do better games then this one. Honestly... that game was just awful. I realise it was a remake, but the arm just DID NOT work correctly. One of the most frusrtating games i've ever played.

RedWave247
RedWave247

I've yet to play Rearmed, but being an old school gamer, I'd like to give it a try. I've heard a lot of good things about it. I wonder if M&D would help with the next Eat Lead platformer? The franchise has a lot of great ideas behind it, but its execution is lacking.

erazor521
erazor521

Excellent. I've enjoyed pretty much all of their games.

IsaacMG
IsaacMG

Man, I loved BC: Rearmed, and I loved the 3D Bionic commando too. I bought the game (really cheap btw) and beat it in two evenings, and I was highly amused all the time I played it. Got to say I'm an arcade lover since I was a kid, but BC was pretty underrated.

axelviiii
axelviiii

Hey, that's cool. I remember REALLY liking Bionic Commando Rearmed.

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

Somehow I think I like the name Ex-Grin more than Might & Delight as a company name.

dude63
dude63

gLad to see some of the grin emplyees reformed. I also don't understand the hate for bionic commando. I feel its underrated.

Pr3acher
Pr3acher

the latest bionic commando - what a bad game... that camera made me sick more than once, and the weapons system... well I guess somethings should stay in 2d

Heshertonfist
Heshertonfist

I don't know about anyone else but I think it's time we saw Road Rash reincarnated.

Snaptrap
Snaptrap

What they should do is take the original idea of Bionic Commando and add a God of War camera and control scheme to it. It's been used in many games that have an old school feel and that has worked.

Snaptrap
Snaptrap

@Gelugon_baat Like all those anime creators milk the same crap over and over and over using the same art stencil. Learn how to draw anime in 5mins.

mundus
mundus

@VirtualTofu Bionic Commando Rearmed was excellent, Bionic Commando was a letdown though.

VirtualTofu
VirtualTofu

I liked the PS3 game pretty well, but the Rearmed series was as bad as the original. No, jumping is just lame. Any Spider-Man and Batman game lets you jump then swing with a grappling hook.

Lov3IsPAiN
Lov3IsPAiN

I just hope that's not gonna be only retro ... Some new IP sounds better .

valdarez
valdarez

I love 2D gaming, and wish we had more quality games. Been playing Shadow Complex, and it's easily my favorite 2D game thus far this year. More quality 2D games are always welcomed!

Godly_Kongming
Godly_Kongming

Remake GUARDIAN LEGEND!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMg that would be sweet in HD. Or Do what square is too busy to do and reamke FF7 in HD Another cool 8 bit game would be Faxanadu brought to HD

beamme
beamme

I loved Bionic Commando, even with its shortcomings, I didn't like what it did to the story though. Ignoring BC alltogether and making a Re:armed 2 would be awesome. I hope Capcom would let them remake more of their old games, I remember one of the designers mention that he would like a crack at MM2 (or something along those lines) that could potentially be awesome.

teknicz
teknicz

BC Rearmed was a great game, but the maps themselves were the same maps in the original. I'd like to see some new content from them; designing graphics and sound is one thing, but in 2D games, platform design is key and I haven't seen anything special from them yet.

Hillsy_
Hillsy_

Re-armed 2 would be welcomed or maybe an Ikari Warriors remake. You could use the overhead bonus part found in Re-armed? Where you blow up the trucks and soldiers. I would buy it. Good news, interested to see what the new team bring to the table. :)

Heshertonfist
Heshertonfist

This sounds like a really good idea. (no sarcasm)

player_leo
player_leo

More great retro games is alright by me.

dakan45
dakan45

To be honest i would prefer the team who made bionnic commando, but anyway re armed is still good i guess.

True_Chaos_UK
True_Chaos_UK

"here to repeat our former success." Re-armed was ok but I would hardley call Bionic Commando, Terminator Salvation and Wanted Weapons of Fate were successful. I hope they come out with a new IP or something.

etai79
etai79

The Bionic Commando 3D Remake was only good if you're talented - too bad for everyone else.

jmangafan
jmangafan

Do people not read articles? Or do they just not understand how team based development works in game studios? The team being mentioned here was the one that worked on Rearmed, which was fantastic. I'm all for more games that come from the better part of Grin.

green_dominator
green_dominator

What, are they going to try beating a dead horse now? I mean are they going to try another Bionic Commando or Wanted maybe another abysmal Terminator game??? The only Terminator game I ever liked was the arcade version of T2. Wanted kicked ass as a film but I wasn't too eager to play the game..... There aren't very many movie to game adaptations that I like and it's true in film too, not many good game to film adaptations.....

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

I was referring to the 3D remake of Bionic Commando in my previous post. I enjoyed the 2D remake.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

I hope they developed some new talent as well. Bionic Commando was horrible! Just Cause 2 is more like how Bionic Commando should've been.Maybe Grin should have asked to borrow Eidos's Avalanche Engine. Those barriers in Bionic drove me insane, but that's just one of the many gripes to that one.

TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

BC Rearmed was an awesome game... It was the only thing good to come out of Grin. Hopefully the guys who made it can continue to put out decent games, and they aren't associated with the abysmal parent company that umbrella'd them with bad devs.

sammoth
sammoth

Ugh the remake was terrible why bother again ?

CaseyMJones
CaseyMJones

They seem to realize that their strength was in making Rearmed...and not anything else they did. So I'm happy that this sounds like great news.

S_Pac_316
S_Pac_316

Awesome! I can't wait to see what they make.

StaticPenguin
StaticPenguin

I enjoyed Bionic Commando Rearmed. It had it's faults but for the most part it was an entertaining game.

CyleM
CyleM

2D games will never go out of style!

xKaTaHoMaSx
xKaTaHoMaSx

No offense but this studio should probably just stay dead. After playing all there games I gotta say these guys need a new line of work.

Guzthon
Guzthon

That's good. I wish them all the luck and success in the world (to the new development studio). "The old school games never die"! :)