Nov 16, 2010
Several sources have been speculating in the past half hour that Liverpool-based developer Bizarre Creations has been shut down by its parent company, Activision.
Bizarre Creations were responsible for games such as Geometry Wars, Metropolis Street Racer, the Project Gotham Racing series, and most recently, James Bond 007: Blood Stone.Such a blow would be devastating to the UK games industry, which has been noted for being in decline in recent years.
Giant Bomb claims the developer is entering ‘statutory redundancy’, while a Bizarre representative has stated that there may be some truth to rumours of the studio’s closure. Develop has also received word that 200 jobs at Bizarre are to be cut.
Activision has since issued a statement:
“Over the past three years since our purchase of Bizarre Creations, the fundamentals of the racing genre have changed significantly. Although we made a substantial investment in creating a new IP, Blur, it did not find a commercial audience. Bizarre is a very talented team of developers, however, because of the broader economic factors impacting the market, we are exploring our options regarding the future of the studio, including a potential sale of the business.”
According to Joystiq, this could mean that Activision will be either shutting the studio, or selling it on within 90 days.
We’ll bring you updates on this story as it occurs.