Really pissed about this news. Activision managed to destroy a great developer and lay-off a ton of great development talent. I might just have picked up my last Activision title.
Activision Is 'Exploring Its Options' Regarding The Future Of Bizarre Creations
" This sucks.Blur could have sold well if Activision lifted a finger to make it sell. They are completely inept with new IP and studios like Raven and Bizarre have to pay for it.
@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. "
" Have I missed something key in the news, or did this come out of nowhere? "Blur and the new James Bond game were not well revived. I have no idea how, with a franchise like PGR and the promise that Blur showed, they can justify shutting it down...
" 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? "Raven kinda seems like it is next on the chopping block. And I really like Raven.
Activision has really been getting on my nerves lately I kinda hope the people at Bizarre Creations start up a new studio and make a really really awesome game that sells very well as a big f-u to Activision. I hate to be anti Activision and all but god they do things that irritate me and from the looks of this news article a lot of others as well.
" In order to stay competitive Activision must re-structure-- aw fuck it there's no way you can PR your way out of this. ""Bloodstone didn't sell as well as Black Ops, so we're sacking all of you."
If I can do it, so can Activision's molerat PR spokesmen.
This is bullshit, and Activision should know better. Competent, polished games sell poorly sometimes, and the development studio isn't always to blame. (Maybe people just weren't ready for a characterless kart-racer, or a phoned-in Bond game with no movie to back it up.)
I bought Metropolis Street Racer at full-price before the Dreamcast died. End of an era, right here.
"I went straight to metacritic to look at the over-score on Bloodstone. This is really odd: 1up gave the game a B-, and metacritic translated that as a 67. How does that figure? Wouldn't a B- be an 80? "
One man's option from the look of it, it was not a really good game just very so-so at best. Whoever reviewed it must had a soft spot for it.
" 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 f*cking fired get the f*ck out of this building. NOW!!! I'm sure that whole ordeal went over terribly. f*cking activision... "However, why is everyone sh*tting 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. "
Because Bizzare has proven they can make terribly addictive games, and ones that sell well: Geometry Wars and PGR. Blur was also insanely fun, but because of the effing release window and Activision's "marketing" of it, it bombed. Seriously! Who at Activision thought it'd be smart to release a new IP in the same window as Split/Second and ModNation Racers? They could have waited 1 month and been completely clear of all other racing competition, or released it a month earlier with promises of a free DLC pack with a bugfix patch to hit right before Split/Second.
" Fucking furious about this news. These guys know how to make solid games. Really unfortunate to hear about this. "Considering they really haven't made one since PGR I'd say that's not correct. Blur had a niche fanbase that liked it, but it was generally considered too hard and a kart racer in disguise. PGR never seemed to catch on this generation with the crowded racing scene. They proved that anything without a car wasn't their bag with The Club and 007, and Geometry Wars was frankly an accidental success that got run into the ground with the deluge of dual stick shooters.
I see them forming a new studio and getting snagged by EA to make yet another flavor of Need For Speed.
Very sad news, especially considering it's entirely the publisher's fault if Blood Stone didn't sell well. They didn't promote the game at ALL, instead hyping their other James Bond game, and then they released them on the same day and expected the unknown game not based on the most popular N64 shooter to still do well?
Something tells me Activision released them on the same day to intentionally close down Bizarre. Activision clearly knows how to hype an entire franchise of games (see 2009 rhythm games) over one season, but they couldn't even bother to inform people that Blood Stone had come out. I didn't know it existed until I heard about it on the Bombcast during its release week (or maybe through a QL, I don't remember.)
@Little_Socrates: You're so right, that is so dumb it had to be deliberate at this point...what else could justify such a tard move...unless they were concerned about quality, so y'know, they shoved it under a literally Golden rug...
" Wait, Geometry wars sold really well, and I think Blur did decently too. Are they being laid-off because of poor performance or because Activision believes that they aren't worth the resources? Oh well. Best of luck to those who got fired. "See I believe this is Kotick's plan to whittle the excess and put all resources to COD and World of Warcraft.
I mean why have one Call of Duty a year when you can have six?
The video game industry seems like a scary place to be right now. It's no wonder that Johnny V jokes about losing his job all the time seeing how people get shit canned without a moments notice these day.
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