Mega Man creator and former big wig over at Capcom, Keiji Inafune said that a bad working relationship with GRIN caused some oddities in Bionic Commando.
“At the end of developing Bionic Commando, things got really messed up between the two companies,” said Inafune.
He got even more candid when Joystiq pressed the question further and inquired about strange things in the game like the revelation towards the end of Bionic Commando *SPOILER* that the bionic arm is partially made out of the main character’s dead wife.
From the Joystiq story:
“I don’t even know what happened there,” Inafune lamented. The project was apparently rife with development issues, which Inafune exemplified with a phrase that represented the attitude Grin and Capcom had for each other at the time: “Whatever, do what you want, I don’t care.”
“At the beginning, things are very, very good between the two companies. Things get kind of weird from the middle, and it gets really bad at the end — especially for the Japanese companies,” Inafune said of Capcom’s developer relations. “They should be more flexible about things. If you don’t do that, everything will become messed up from the middle. And that’s the most important part. Not the beginning, but in the middle and finishing the game.”