Ex-GRIN employees form Whiteout

Folded studio respawns under new name; details on first CryEngine 3 game coming at GamesCom later this month.

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In August 2009, Swedish game studio GRIN shut its doors following the release of the third-person shooters Terminator: Salvation and Bionic Commando. According to a report, the studio was recently reborn as Whiteout and has plans to announce "some very interesting concepts" at GamesCom later this month.

Whiteout says it's making something big.

Gamasutra is reporting that Whiteout won't say exactly what it's working on but did confirm that the studio's intent is to "entice gamers to warm up next to their consoles." Additionally, Gamasutra's source says the game--which runs on the Crysis 2 engine, CryEngine 3--has a "promising" prototype already playable.

Additionally, beyond the aforementioned "bigger project," Whiteout cofounder Joel Fagerlund said the company remains attached to creating smaller, downloadable titles as well, based on the success of Bionic Commando: Rearmed.

"At GRIN, we saw the community's extraordinary response to Bionic Commando: Rearmed," he told Gamasutra. "Couple that with the fact that new releases such as Limbo and Joe Danger have been so well received, we know that the digital marketplace is vibrant and thriving."

Whiteout is the third known undertaking stemming from GRIN's closure last year. In June some of its quality assurance members created Trinity QA, and others banded together to form Might and Delight, a Stockholm-based development studio focused on creating downloadable titles for Xbox Live Arcade, the PlayStation Network, and PC.

Discussion

24 comments
D1zzyCriminal
D1zzyCriminal

They did a good job with GRAW 2 PC. Im looking forward to see what they come up with,

Timstuff
Timstuff

IMO Grin was pretty underrated. Yeah, Bionic Commando should've been a lot better, but it still had some fun gameplay mechanics. Hopefully they'll have better fortune under their new banner. :)

Printul_Noptii
Printul_Noptii

IMHO Wanted, Bionic Comando and Terminator Salvation were all good games and I really enjoyed them, how comes Rebellion still cranks up games which are far inferior to these or Starbreeze.

MrGoodKill
MrGoodKill

Hmmm, this could go either way, really. GRIN had some okay, but not great, games and then they had some whopping sh*tpiles. Hopefully with the new studio they'll be allowed more time to develop and receive better direction.

PodXCOM
PodXCOM

If it is using the great CryEngine 3, then it will, at least, look good.

GunGriffin
GunGriffin

Looks like MS should buy this Company while they can! They need more first party developers right now. In particular with Bungie leaving, and 343 taking up their work it would be great for MS to pick up This studio and have them do work only on Xbox360. They could do some kick butt games for Kinect, and XBL Arcade no lie. Plus we all know XBL Arcade needs more hardcore games to play over all the simple remakes of the past.

PublicNuisance
PublicNuisance

I don't know if I will ever wrap my head around how a company can fold and then technically just change their name and open a brand new company months later. How in the heck would they get any loans to do so ? Who gives loans to failures ? No offense intended to former Grin staffers.

DrEvilKoala
DrEvilKoala

Bionic Commando Rearmed more than made up for the lesser games they made. It was one of best games that year, and certainly one of the greatest remakes ever. Good to know they will be making more games in that style!

Knutte79
Knutte79

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TheGreyArea
TheGreyArea

I'm not a huge fan of this studio (in it's earlier carnation)'s previous titles, but I am enjoying the "phoenix" trend of a lot of studios this year, regrouping, strengthening and coming back into the fight after the last couple of year's worth of economic meltdown. It's putting fresh life into the market. Very good luck to them and all other developers who have managed to pull themselves out of adversity

darkcomedian
darkcomedian

Well at least Wanted was short but sweet so I am looking forward to what else they can do.

dude63
dude63

sd bus its like 4..but lol. I say the more the best. There is some very talented people at Grin. This is good news imo. I think the core staff of Grin helped to form Whiteout it sounds. I can't wait for Gamescom!

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

Its like every employee that worked at Grin is now forming their own studio. Its at what 5 studios now that were created from Ex-Grin employees.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Lets hope they can making something worth buying

EKGProd
EKGProd

Well as long as they can try and stop making crap like Terminator Salvation and Bionic Commando we should be OK. Although I did enjoy Wanted.

ZippyDSMLee
ZippyDSMLee

Neither Siolent commando nor Dark void are great but they are slightly above average IMO.

Torque203
Torque203

Glad to see these guy were able to get new jobs. hopefully they wont make the same mistake

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

Grin doesn't have a very good track record in my personal opinion. I have Bionic Commando and Dark Void, and both those titles are a bit of a let down. I think Grin should've took some pointers from Avalanche, the developers behind Just Cause 2, seeing as how that title plays more like a Bionic Commando game than it does.

Dan21278
Dan21278

Yeahhh Salvation sucked. Deus Ex: Human revolution however looks very promising.

green_dominator
green_dominator

Not another Bionic Commando......I'll wait for Deus Ex: Human Revolution for my cyborg kicks......