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KennyLinder
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(11-16-2010, 05:28 PM)
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Just heard today that Bizarre Creations have closed. All 200 staff are made redundant.

No, there are no links at the moment..

A sad day :(

// Mod Update

Budcat as well.

Originally Posted by PC Gamer

Anonymous development sources inside Iowa City-based Budcat Creations phoned into PC Gamer this morning to inform us that instead of developing games this morning, they’re sitting in a bar down the street drinking together and calling friends and family. The reason? When they arrived at work this morning they found security guards outside their office building and “too cheerful” consultants brought in to tell them they’re all being let go. Similar reports are coming out of UK developer Bizarre Creations, who made Blur for Activision just this year.

Source: http://www.pcgamer.com/2010/11/16/ac...udcat-studios/
Last edited by Nirolak; 11-16-2010 at 08:57 PM.
Nirolak
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(11-16-2010, 05:30 PM)
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:/

This is very unfortunate, but after Activision sent Bloodstone out to die, I was kind of expecting this.

Hopefully everyone manages to land on their feet.
Zenith
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(11-16-2010, 05:31 PM)
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Bizarre as in racing games and 007 Blood Stone Bizarre? gg Activision.
Sotha Sil
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(11-16-2010, 05:31 PM)
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200? Damn, that's brutal :/
Cerebral Assassin
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(11-16-2010, 05:31 PM)
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Originally Posted by KennyLinder

Just heard today that Bizarre Creations have closed. All 200 staff are made redundant.

No, there are no links at the moment..

A sad say :(


Say it ain't so, MSR & F1(PSX) are 2 of my favourite driving games (PGR4 was awesome too). This probably needs a new thread though.(that was quick)
RBH
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(11-16-2010, 05:32 PM)
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Fuck this shit. :(
Aaron
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(11-16-2010, 05:32 PM)
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Wow, Activision usually waits at least a few years before completely gutting a developer.
Oli
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(11-16-2010, 05:33 PM)
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Dude... I hope this is not true... Geometry Wars is such an awesome game.
Dabanton
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(11-16-2010, 05:33 PM)
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Bad news they are a good dev loved their games since the DC era. But Activision has little time for mercy.
Empty
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(11-16-2010, 05:33 PM)
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awful if true, just say it ain't so. geo wars 2 is one of my favourites from this generation, geo wars 1 really helped kickstart the growth in xbla/psn stuff that i've love so much this gen, and pgr4 rocked.
Diablohead
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(11-16-2010, 05:33 PM)
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Originally Posted by RBH

Fuck this shit. :(

completely :( poor Bizarre :( :( :(
pirata
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(11-16-2010, 05:33 PM)
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Wow, that really sucks ass.


This means no more Gerometry Wars, doesn't it?

Bobby Kotick ups his body-count.
CaptainRizla
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(11-16-2010, 05:33 PM)
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Sorry to hear this but they went down hill after PGR2.
[Nintex]
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(11-16-2010, 05:33 PM)
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I knew this was coming after Blood Stone, but seriously PGR4 was so goddamn amazing that it's hard to believe they got shut down like this. Fucking Activision dumbfucks.
KennyLinder
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(11-16-2010, 05:33 PM)
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Sorry, but it is true. I heard at work today, and I then looked on Chaos Engine (a game developer only forum) and it was on there.. I believe they are on 90 days notice but its all going through now.

I hope those guys get something sorted. Perhaps irony will set in and MS get them to make that rumored PGR sequel.
bridegur
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(11-16-2010, 05:33 PM)
I was never a fan of the PGR games, but I think Blur is pretty great. Shame.
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(11-16-2010, 05:33 PM)
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If anyone in the industry or at Bizarre wants to confirm or comment but doesn't want to be identified, feel free to PM a mod who can pass along your message in confidence.
leehom
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(11-16-2010, 05:33 PM)
At first I read it as Blizzard and thought wtf? :lol
LiquidMetal14
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(11-16-2010, 05:34 PM)
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That sucks. Blur was an awesome game.
confused
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(11-16-2010, 05:34 PM)
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Please, please, please don't be true. I love BC and think they are the world's best developers when it comes to arcade racing.

Sadly I'm part of the problem as I didn't buy BLUR.

Fuck Activision
V_Ben
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(11-16-2010, 05:34 PM)
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Sh*t, that better not be true :/
BlazingDarkness
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(11-16-2010, 05:34 PM)
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Merry Christmas!
Love, Activision.
The Friendly Monster
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(11-16-2010, 05:35 PM)
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Holy shit, sorry to hear that.
Agent Icebeezy
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(11-16-2010, 05:35 PM)
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I'm not happy with this news.
SPEA
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(11-16-2010, 05:35 PM)
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Originally Posted by KennyLinder

Just heard today that Bizarre Creations have closed. All 200 staff are made redundant.

No, there are no links at the moment..

A sad say :(

WTF!?
GarthVaderUK
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(11-16-2010, 05:35 PM)
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Bloody hell I hope that isn't true!
Kifimbo
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(11-16-2010, 05:35 PM)
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Horrible.

Blur was awesome.
Blimblim
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(11-16-2010, 05:36 PM)
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Damn, that's very very sad. Not surprising after their 2 games bombed, but still very sad.
Hopefully Microsoft will see the light and pull a Ruffian with these guys and get them to create a new studio for a new PGR game.
N.A
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(11-16-2010, 05:36 PM)
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Hopefully Microsoft can pick a few of them up at whatever dev they decided to use to continue PGR.
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(11-16-2010, 05:36 PM)
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Jesus. That's brutal.
Nert
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(11-16-2010, 05:36 PM)
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That's a real bummer if true. Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2 is easily one of my favorite games this generation.
Kittonwy
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(11-16-2010, 05:36 PM)

Originally Posted by KennyLinder

Just heard today that Bizarre Creations have closed. All 200 staff are made redundant.

No, there are no links at the moment..

A sad say :(

Sad to see people lose their jobs, can't say I'm surprised since Bloodstone didn't look too good that they had to embargo the reviews, and marketing-wise the game was sent to die, developers really have to be careful which publisher they hook up with.
mr_sockochris
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(11-16-2010, 05:37 PM)
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Well that sucks :(

The PGR series were the best racing games I've ever played, each one perfectly nailed the balance between arcade and realism by brilliantly combining the best elements of each. Here's to hoping MS get alot of them on board for their new PGR game.
Xater
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(11-16-2010, 05:37 PM)
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hope it is not true but I kinda saw that coming the the Bloodstone release.

I will also never understand why Activion bought them in the first place. Racing games are not really something Activision seems that interested in and that is what Bizarre does best.
besiktas1
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(11-16-2010, 05:37 PM)
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ugh such shitty news :/ hope the guys find work quick...

It's been tough for them though, first PGR4 then Blood Stone being sent out to die... Wonder if MS are quitely smirking that they let them go at the right time. I remember people saying MS did the stupid thing letting them go. Maybe they didn't, when was the last commercially sucessful game? Idk :( im just upset...

R.i.p when i get home tonight ima play geowars 2 in their memory.
S1kkZ
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(11-16-2010, 05:37 PM)
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Originally Posted by Blimblim

Damn, that's very very sad. Not surprising after their 2 games bombed, but still very sad.
Hopefully Microsoft will see the light and pull a Ruffian with these guys and get them to create a new studio for a new PGR game.

this!
SapientWolf
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(11-16-2010, 05:37 PM)
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Sad, but who didn't see this coming after the disappointing Blur sales? The stealth release of Blood Stone only seemed to confirm it. Activision doesn't give that many second chances.
Steverulez
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(11-16-2010, 05:37 PM)
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I loved Bizarre, mainly for Geo Wars... but I have PGR3/4 as well and they're awesome.

So now Activision own the Geo Wars IP and theres no Bizarre to carry it on?!

Shame such a good British developer has been shut down and all those people lose their jobs. I hope they can all find jobs or reform.
Jtyettis
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(11-16-2010, 05:37 PM)

Originally Posted by Jexhius

That's brutal.

It's terrible if true.
Princess Skittles
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(11-16-2010, 05:38 PM)
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A world without Geometry Wars 3 is not a world I want to be a part of.
Ninja Moomin
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(11-16-2010, 05:38 PM)
wow - this is a sad day.

I did wonder what would happen after both their games for Activision didn;t set the charts alight...
KeiichiInafune
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(11-16-2010, 05:38 PM)
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Terrible if true. PGR 3 was my favorite 360 launch title, I would just spend hours and hours racing online and alone with Dredg albums on loop. It was a fuckin blast and reignite a love of cars I hadn't felt in over 10 years.

:(
REV 09
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(11-16-2010, 05:38 PM)
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MS may have just found a team to do PGR again. Seriously, I can't believe they were closed this soon.
Kaako
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(11-16-2010, 05:38 PM)
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O shit. :(
That's a lot of people laid off; hope they find work real soon.
hamchan
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(11-16-2010, 05:38 PM)
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Weren't they doing alright before they joined Activision?
Father_Brain
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(11-16-2010, 05:38 PM)
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Fuck this industry.
LordPhoque
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(11-16-2010, 05:39 PM)
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Holy shit no.
Fuck Activision. And Fuck MS for not buying them when they could.
WickedLaharl
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(11-16-2010, 05:39 PM)
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that really sucks. i thought blood stone was decent and would have liked to have seen them get another crack at a bond game.

good luck to everyone affected by this.
goMaki
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(11-16-2010, 05:39 PM)
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How sad. =( That really sucks...

Screw you, Activision!
Mad_Ban
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(11-16-2010, 05:39 PM)
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After two consecutive bomba's I expected this to be on the cards, but the entire studio? :/

Fucking Activision.

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