Another Undisclosed Grin Project, This One’s For A Ninja Game

By Ishaan . January 10, 2010 . 5:02pm


GRIN had many undisclosed projects in the works before they closed down under the threat of bankruptcy. One of them was Project Fortress, the Ivalice Alliance game for Square Enix. Another was "Blue Steel," which many believe to be a Mega Man game for Capcom.


A third unnamed project has now been uncovered, thanks to an artist resumé. Pre-production material for this one, unlike the other two, details a complex battle system, featuring a ninja character with a sword and shield as seen above.


Of more interest is the concept of "ninja stamina," which is used for advanced movement (such as shadow runs and high jumps), defense (deflecting bullets with your sword) and offense. Take a look:




There are also sketches of the ninja character fighting dinosaurs and helicopters, as well as a more detailed concept image of him. You’d think it sounds a lot like a Shinobi game, but the protagonist concept and the fact that this was a pitch from Gring makes it seem more likely that it was a new intellectual property.


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  • Kris

    I’m still bummed that Grin went under. Even though their games weren’t great, you could tell they put a lot of love into them. (Except for maybe Terminator Salvation, I hear that was garbage)

    • [The Hunter] Doomrider

      Indeed. And I loved Bionic Commando (not Rearmed), it was just… awesome! Even Wanted, you could see lots of shortcomings, sure, but it had so many awesome details. Not a great game, but enjoyable nonetheless.

      And I see someone took inspiration from a certain Gekko slaying scene in MGS4 for their artwork…… Or not

      • rowsdower

        I agree, Bionic Commando was my biggest surprise of last year. Cruddy plot, shoddy ending and weak multiplayer, but man they got the swinging combat just right. Love the game for that.

        GRIN was a studio that had so much potential, shame they went under.

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