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

#51 Posted by Killroycantkill (1424 posts) -

Yes this is why I edited my post like 5 seconds after I posted it. But that's the internet I guess.
#52 Posted by baron_calamity (240 posts) -

Axedivision strikes again. Soon Blizzard and Treyarch will be the only studios left.
#53 Posted by Meteora (5787 posts) -

It seems like everyone is still taking a beating from the recession...

#54 Posted by s7evn (1072 posts) -

This is just low.

#55 Posted by zombie2011 (5049 posts) -

This sucks. 
@KarlHungus said:

" 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... "

 However, why is everyone shitting on Activison? I'm pretty sure Blur and Bloodstone didn't sell well so why would they keep Bizzare around if they just keep losing money. I don't understand why gamers take things so personal when people get fired.
#56 Posted by Pudge (923 posts) -

The mere fact that Geometry Wars is owned by Activision now and well never see another good release makes me sick to my stomach. I hope some GOOD companies get these guys. 
 Remember when EA was the bad guys? Damn, I miss those days.

#57 Posted by Smokay (520 posts) -

This really sucks

#58 Posted by zegolf (224 posts) -
@JohnPaulVann: How was Blur a mistake?  Did it really do that poorly?  (Previous questions were legitimate, as I'm ill-informed, and not just me being an ass)
#59 Posted by Circ (46 posts) -

The video games industry has got to be one of the most awful industries to work in. Everything is a death march. But, BC did have a good run and PGR2 was a fantastic game, sorry to see them go.

#60 Posted by ApolloBob (570 posts) -

Just in time for the holidays!  O come all ye faithful, jobless and redundant.

#61 Posted by Crunchman (396 posts) -

A great and talented studio. Hard times made harder.

#62 Posted by DrThePunisher (13 posts) -

What does a closing company do for those 90 days?

#63 Posted by ColMirage (257 posts) -


#64 Posted by Jonnyflash80 (506 posts) -

This is horrible news. Is Activision becoming just as cut-throat as Microsoft?

#65 Posted by Magicallystoopid (466 posts) -

It's like Activision wants me to completely and utterly hate them....
Why not kill a basket of puppies while your at it Bobby?!

#66 Posted by GlenTennis (3145 posts) -

This is one of the first one of these closings that actually made me feel shitty.

#67 Posted by AndrewB (7691 posts) -

Have I missed something key in the news, or did this come out of nowhere?

#68 Posted by Yummylee (22574 posts) -

Well dayum =/

#69 Posted by Jambones (1696 posts) -

My jaw literally dropped when I saw this akin to when Grin went under. 
My best to all the guys and girls at Bizarre. That's a lot of talent out in the wild now, surely they can't stay unemployed for long.

#70 Posted by Alphazero (1548 posts) -

Best of luck to all the developers, producers, testers, designers, artists, and dude in charge of drawing neon geometric shapes. I've loved your work.

#71 Posted by Nadafinga (959 posts) -

Real bummer. After beating Blur, I watched the end credits (they were pretty cool), and one of the credits was "Blur Babies", listing all the babies that were born during the development of the game. there were a lot of names....all these people have to support families, I really hope they land on their feet.

#72 Posted by Metal_Mills (3048 posts) -

Why does Brad keep stealing my threads? First Diablo 3 console news now this. D:

#73 Posted by SSully (4326 posts) -

This makes me wish i would have gotten blur back in the day. 

#74 Posted by NordicGamer (16 posts) -

To anyone concerned about the future of geometry wars, remember that its basically a one man project conceved and programmed by Stephen Cakebread. I would love to see him start up a indie game studio or something and continue making absurdly awesome dual joystick shooters, then at least something good will come out of this. Off course this is sad news nonetheless, people loosing their jobs always sucks.  

#75 Posted by SlightConfuse (3963 posts) -

THis sucks  these guy made qualituy game(when working withan  orginal ip ) 
PGR, Geometry wars and blur were really good
#76 Posted by nickux (1377 posts) -

In order to stay competitive Activision must re-structure-- aw fuck it there's no way you can PR your way out of this.

#77 Posted by Wacomole (836 posts) -
@DrThePunisher said:
" What does a closing company do for those 90 days? "
Work on their CV and showreel.
#78 Posted by Giantstalker (1729 posts) -

I would expect nothing less of Activision, this article definitely needs a menacing Kotick picture to complete it

#79 Posted by KamikazeCaterpillar (1130 posts) -

This is fucking terrible! Those guys and girls did great work most of the time and they shouldn't have been shut down just because they shipped one game that wasn't so hot and didn't want to port guitar hero or call of duty games.

#80 Posted by MjHealy (1877 posts) -

Well Blur was a failure (commerically) and Blood Stone seems pretty dead so not a huge surprise but still completely sucks.
Now for the mandatory...
"Fuck you Activision!"

#81 Posted by Delta_Ass (3282 posts) -

I guess Blood Stone didn't do that well.

#82 Posted by Evelgest (123 posts) -

Sad to hear so close to the holidays.. perhaps Lionhead or Rare is hiring?

#83 Posted by misfit13b (27 posts) -

This news makes me sad.

#84 Posted by m0rdr3d (472 posts) -

This is like a pinata bursting and, hopefully, other dev houses scramble over each other to pick up the loose candy. Condolences either way to a solid team.

#85 Posted by MisterMouse (3564 posts) -


#86 Posted by blacklab (1598 posts) -

No more beeeetas.

#87 Posted by Afroman269 (7387 posts) -
@Giantstalker said:
" I would expect nothing less of Activision, this article definitely needs a menacing Kotick picture to complete it "

#88 Posted by BabyChooChoo (4825 posts) -

I am sad to see so many people lose jobs, but I do not mourn the loss of Bizarre.

#89 Posted by ch3burashka (5257 posts) -

What the fuck.  
The word "redundant" makes my rage boil all the more. 

#90 Posted by soupbones (292 posts) -

Wow - that blows. Blur was of my favorite racers - fucking Activision needs to just go away.

#91 Posted by DrThePunisher (13 posts) -
@MoleyUK said:
" @DrThePunisher said:
" What does a closing company do for those 90 days? "
Work on their CV and showreel. "
That make sense. I was thinking they would drink... a lot.
#92 Posted by wibby (269 posts) -

Bad Times indeed
#93 Posted by damswedon (3202 posts) -

Best thing that can come out of this is that most of the studio gets together and forms a new studio. Microsoft owns the PGR name so they could make another.

#94 Posted by HistoryInRust (6407 posts) -

Fucking furious about this news. These guys know how to make solid games. Really unfortunate to hear about this. 

#95 Posted by BenderUnit22 (1547 posts) -


#96 Posted by KingPossum (236 posts) -

Awful decision by Activision. I was really looking forward to a new Geometry Wars but I guess that Bobby Kotick didn't see the potential of selling a activision made peripheral or a subscription service with their games.

#97 Posted by DerekDanahy (880 posts) -

That's a fucking bummer.

#98 Posted by Wacomole (836 posts) -

Activision make hundreds of millions on MW2 then decimate Infinity Ward.
Black Ops does well so they take out Bizzare.
Any guesses which studio's going to get the chop when WOW:Cataclysm sells bucketloads?

#99 Posted by anterline (73 posts) -

Such a shame...

#100 Posted by Yummylee (22574 posts) -
@MoleyUK said:
" @DrThePunisher said:
" What does a closing company do for those 90 days? "
Work on their CV and showreel. "
Read that as 'work on their Civ' for a second =P.

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