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.