Activision Is 'Exploring Its Options' Regarding The Future Of Bizarre Creations

Posted by BradNicholson (812 posts) -
Bizarre Creations, the developer behind Project Gotham Racing, Blur, Geometry Wars, and the latest James Bond game, sub-titled Bloodstone, has been closed by Activision, according to a NeoGAF thread and our own confidential sources. 
 
According to a source, Bizarre Creations will be going through a "90-day consultation period, statutory redundancy." The NeoGAF thread on this subject states that all 200 or so staff at the studio have been made redundant. Bizarre employees have known about today's closure for just about three hours.
 
A press release about this is said to be forthcoming.  
 


UPDATE: Joystiq has a bit of clarification on the "90-day consultation, statutory redundancy" thing. Bizarre is sorta in the process of closing. This 90-day period gives notice to employees that a company is going to be shuttered or sold or downsized.  
 
UPDATE 2: Shacknews and other websites have received the following boilerplate from Activision regarding this. Just to be extra clear, our sources believed Bizarre was toast at the time we reported this. It appears now, though, that the studio isn't closing immediately as was feared. It's possible that within this 90-day period someone can buy Bizarre and save the jobs that were supposedly made redundant.
 

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.    

#1 Posted by BradNicholson (812 posts) -
Bizarre Creations, the developer behind Project Gotham Racing, Blur, Geometry Wars, and the latest James Bond game, sub-titled Bloodstone, has been closed by Activision, according to a NeoGAF thread and our own confidential sources. 
 
According to a source, Bizarre Creations will be going through a "90-day consultation period, statutory redundancy." The NeoGAF thread on this subject states that all 200 or so staff at the studio have been made redundant. Bizarre employees have known about today's closure for just about three hours.
 
A press release about this is said to be forthcoming.  
 


UPDATE: Joystiq has a bit of clarification on the "90-day consultation, statutory redundancy" thing. Bizarre is sorta in the process of closing. This 90-day period gives notice to employees that a company is going to be shuttered or sold or downsized.  
 
UPDATE 2: Shacknews and other websites have received the following boilerplate from Activision regarding this. Just to be extra clear, our sources believed Bizarre was toast at the time we reported this. It appears now, though, that the studio isn't closing immediately as was feared. It's possible that within this 90-day period someone can buy Bizarre and save the jobs that were supposedly made redundant.
 

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.    

#2 Edited by Addict (1 posts) -

That sucks, I enjoyed PGR alot, but usually when you are making movie licensed games you can't be in great shape. 

#3 Posted by sharma55 (458 posts) -

FU ACTIVISION!

#4 Posted by Krakn3Dfx (2501 posts) -

Indeed.

#5 Posted by chilibean_3 (1677 posts) -

Whoa. What?

#6 Posted by Cronoman66 (36 posts) -

this flat out sucks Bizarre has been a great developer over the years

#7 Posted by General_D23 (1201 posts) -

What?!!! NO! Goddammit.

#8 Posted by Fruitcocoa (489 posts) -

Sad, sad news! :( 

#9 Posted by Althox (294 posts) -

F****rs...

#10 Posted by coaxmetal (1647 posts) -

Damn. Hope they get picked up by someone. Closing a studio is brutal.

#11 Posted by skippyscissors (387 posts) -

Oh no!!

#12 Posted by TheMasterDS (2120 posts) -

Wow, really? Did Blur not sell really well? Bloodstone, sure, being a shitty  licensed shooter, but Blur should've gotten some sales, even if the Multiplayer was the only good part of that game. That's a real shame.

#13 Edited by Mrskidders (1330 posts) -

Oh well, as long as their redundancy package includes copies of Geometry Wars then they will have something to do whilst they sit around in their underwear.

#14 Posted by AtomicEdge (310 posts) -

What load of crap! Love that studio! Does Activision own the rights to Geometry Wars?

#15 Posted by SalukiJeff (31 posts) -

Thats a real Bummer!!!

#16 Posted by Swabbleflange (58 posts) -

Way to drive a nail into the coffin of one of the few remaining game series I care about (Geometry Wars). I'm pretty sure that Activision won't let the game go with its creators, and will probably let it quietly fade into memory.

#17 Posted by Daveyo520 (6924 posts) -

:(

#18 Posted by RobotHamster (4177 posts) -

Thats pretty sad, I hope they could bounce back soon.

#19 Posted by TheHT (11670 posts) -

What the fuck Activision? What the fuck?

#20 Posted by awesomeusername (4230 posts) -
@sharma55 said:
" FU ACTIVISION! "
#21 Posted by TomTheRealist (171 posts) -

If true, this is awful. 
Big condolences to the 200 or so staff. 

#22 Posted by Winternet (8035 posts) -

Now that's some shitty news.

#23 Posted by Kyreo (4600 posts) -

I can't think of anything positive that could come out of all of the developers closing down.  

#24 Posted by KaosAngel (13765 posts) -

Another bites the dust.

#25 Edited by Rabid619 (1106 posts) -

Damn, that sucks. I really liked PGR and lost many many hours to Geometry Wars. Hopefully they can continue those series somewhere else. 
 
A world without more Geometry Wars is not a world I want to live in!

#26 Posted by raiz265 (2242 posts) -

Kotick'd

#27 Posted by skadbob (230 posts) -

Woah... this is terrible, terrible news.

Who's going to make Geometry Wars 3?!

#28 Posted by KarlHungus (125 posts) -

Hey guys is Bloodstone ready? Good, lets get it shipped out. OK, the scores aren't the greatest, but they are not bad. Alright guys, good job today and also... you are all fucking fired get the fuck out of this building.
NOW!!!
 
I'm sure that whole ordeal went over terribly. fucking activision...

#29 Posted by iizcallum (606 posts) -

That was unexpected, this is really sad news, I really loved Geometry Wars and Blur :(

#30 Posted by Pinworm45 (4088 posts) -

WAIT WHAT? NO MORE GEOMETRY WARS?!

#31 Edited by Killroycantkill (1420 posts) -

Uhhh, wait what! No more Project Gotham, no more Geometry Wars! Dude... That's weird. Maybe Blood Stone pushed them over the edge?  
 
There was some talent in that studio, I hope they all find new places to work... That's messed up I didn't see this coming at all.
#32 Posted by Kontrapunkt (413 posts) -

Well, that's self interest for you :(
 
RIP Bizarre Creations.

#33 Posted by Volkodlak (115 posts) -

So, yeah Activision... this is why people hate you.

#34 Posted by wafflestomp (251 posts) -

BOOOOO!!!!

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#35 Posted by JohnPaulVann (209 posts) -

Blur was a mistake. In this business you f*ck up once and it's over. That being the case, I've always loved BC. Tonight, in remembrance of the studio, I'm going to play the hell out of PGR1--the studio's finest game.

#36 Posted by Cwaff (1260 posts) -

Real shame... best of luck to all those involved!

#37 Posted by GreatDane (47 posts) -

WTF??  
 
No more geometry wars and PGR? 

#38 Posted by BombaLuigi (163 posts) -

holy fuck, so no geometry wars 3 i guess? sad panda is sad...

#39 Posted by Driadon (3008 posts) -
@Killroycantkill: Not Forza, that's a different group. No Gotham Project Racing, however.
#40 Posted by SuperSambo (2880 posts) -
@Killroycantkill said:
" Uhhh, wait what! No more Forza, no more Geometry Wars! Dude... That's weird. Maybe Blood Stone pushed them over the edge?   There was some talent in that studio, I hope they all find new places to work... That's messed up I didn't see this coming at all. "
Forza is Turn 10. I think you may be thinking of Project Gotham Racing.
#41 Posted by Vaancor (247 posts) -

Damn it! First Harmonix now this, is it national can well loved developers month!?

#42 Posted by NowSayPillow (183 posts) -

Goddamned it, Activision. While I'm sure this made perfect sense from a business stand-point it still seems like a total dick-move.

#43 Posted by SavUK (79 posts) -

Such a shame. UK game development is shrinking ever smaller. Picked up Blur a few days ago, really enjoying it. Tried linking my account today but can't log into the site, this probably explains it.  

#44 Posted by RampageAssassin (427 posts) -

Very bad news for the industry. Screw you Activision !!

#45 Posted by Blair (2525 posts) -

What a shame.

#46 Posted by _Phara0h_ (890 posts) -
@Killroycantkill said:
" Uhhh, wait what! No more Forza,
Forza is NOT developed by Bizarre......
#47 Edited by Gunharp (337 posts) -
@Addict said:

" That sucks, I enjoyed PGR alot, but usually when you are making movie licensed games you can't be in great shape.  "

Agreed, but oddly enough 7 studios is still around. 
 
Also to everybody bemoaning that there is no more PGR, that is a product owned by Microsoft. So when Activision (before the Acti-Blizzard merger etc.) picked up Bizarre in 2007 there was never going to be more PGR.
#48 Posted by MattBodega (1907 posts) -

I guess not every Activision-owned company can be be cajoled into making Black Ops map packs, huh?

#49 Posted by Afroman269 (7387 posts) -
@Pinworm45 said:
" WAIT WHAT? NO MORE GEOMETRY WARS?! "
and fuck Activision........cocksuckers....
#50 Posted by SkullcrusherMountain (959 posts) -

Wonder how Bungie feels about this.

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