GRIN the developers of Kickstarted title, Woolfe – The Red Hood Diaries has called it quits on the development of the game and the studio that created it.
Woolfe – The Red Hood Diaries has had mixed reviews on Steam with 470 total reviews ranging from massive praise to critics of the combat system and even those claiming $10 is too much for the title based on the length to completion.
While Woolfe was planned for multiple platforms, it only ever made it to Steam early access where it is still available.
In an update on Kickstarter Wim Wouters posted
It’s done, there is no way back. We tried, we failed.
The team is now dismantled and we have requested bankruptcy unable to pay outstanding bills.
I guess our public silence the last few months already said a lot. It is not out of disrespect that our communication dropped to almost zero… it is out of shame. It is truly devastating to read the negative comments we received by some press and players. With Woolfe being the most passion driven thing we have ever created, it feels horrible to live with the feeling we let you down.
On the end of the studio, Wouters commented
This is not just the end of Woolfe, but the end of the studio that I founded and nurtured through ups and downs the past 13 years. In 2002, when I founded GRIN with 2 partners, it was our goal to develop independant games. At the time we were focussed on browser based 3D games. Not an easy market to make a living from at the time. Less than 2 years after we started my 2 partners stepped out; there just wasn’t enough work to go round.
Woolfe – The Red Hood Diaries IP, assets and code are now open to offers to buy everything outright through an appointed trustee Cathérine Lannoy. ([email protected])
In terms of backer rewards, it is unlikely they will see the light of day as Wouters acknowledged there just wasn’t the money to even send them out even though some of the items were created.
The crazy thing is, that we have most of the rewards ready for postage. All the backer stickers and letters of enlistment just need a stamp. All the poster sets printed, signed and ready. The artbook is ready to be printed, the soundtrack is ready for distribution, the DVD case is ready for production. But we have literally no money whatsoever to pay for stamps, let alone print the artbooks and dvd-cases.
Woolfe – The Red Hood Diaries is still available on Steam for $9.99.