[NEWS] Bizarre Creations to be shut down by Activision?

[NEWS] Bizarre Creations to be shut down by Activision?

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.
[Source: VG247]

  • Auyx

    WTF? I know there last few games haven't sold as well as they wanted but they haven't even had them that long. I cant believe they would just shut them down. Restructuring sounds more likely to me but I guess we will see.

    • Aris

      Activision acquired Bizarre in 2007, so it's been quite a while. Still, you could argue that Activision hadn't marketed Blood Stone well enough to warrant commercial success.

      Giant Bomb are claiming it's 'statutory redundancy'. This doesn't look good.

      • Melac

        Concidering the fact that i'd never even heard of blood stone untill now, you may well be right about the marketing thing. Was it any good? It's always a shame when a really good game does badly, and the company that made it, just because people didn't hear about it.

        • http://www.wearearcade.com Daniel

          The problem with Blood Stone is that it was released right on top of Call of Duty: Black Ops and subsequently all but ignored by not only the gaming press, but also much of the public.
          Heaping that on top of the recent troubles the Bond Franchise has been having and of course the remake-release of Goldeneye Wii drawing all the Bond-light, Blood Stone really never got a fair shake at the race.

          I wonder if Microsoft are likely to step back in at this point?

  • http://wearearcade.com/members/violet/ Violet

    I hope they dont get shut down.. im gonna miss Project Gotham Racing.. >:

  • robin smith

    no way. :(

  • http://www.wearearcade.com Jonathan

    It's a shame, the PGR series is BRILLIANT (still play PGR4) and I heard a lot of good about Blood Stone.