Activision Closes Budcat; Bizarre Closing On Friday, February 18th

May 11, 2007
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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.

PC Gamer said:
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/activision-shuts-down-bizarre-and-budcat-studios/
 
Sep 20, 2009
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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.
 
May 11, 2007
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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.
 

Stumpokapow

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May 21, 2006
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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.
 
May 12, 2009
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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
 

Blimblim

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Jun 8, 2004
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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.
 
Feb 21, 2006
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KennyLinder said:
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.
 
Jun 11, 2004
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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.
 
Jul 28, 2007
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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.
 
Jan 9, 2007
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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.
 
May 28, 2007
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Blimblim said:
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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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.
 
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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.