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

#101 Posted by AndyMP (224 posts) -

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. 

#102 Posted by Lokno (381 posts) -

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?

#103 Posted by Brontes_Muse (187 posts) -

Way to keep it classy activision 

#104 Posted by SaturdayNightSpecials (2233 posts) -
@zombie2011 said:
" 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. "
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.
#105 Posted by Creamypies (4012 posts) -

What a fucking bummer. One of the current best UK based developers are now gone... this is a sad day for gaming.

#106 Posted by SuperSambo (2837 posts) -
@AndrewB said:
" 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...
#107 Posted by Korolev (1646 posts) -

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. 

#108 Posted by PepeSilvia (84 posts) -

Wow, this is really surprising. Wasn't Microsoft looking into a new PGR? I still think it's a mistake MS let Bizarre go in the first place, let them make it right again.

#109 Posted by neoepoch (1290 posts) -
@MoleyUK said:
" 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.
#110 Posted by madroxcide (58 posts) -

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. 

#111 Posted by Klaimore (945 posts) -

Just in time for the Holidays!

#112 Posted by bretthancock (778 posts) -

Activision, proving their incompetence one decision at a time. 

#113 Posted by TSchonbeck (127 posts) -

This sucks, loved the PGR series. :/

#114 Posted by Kaigan (263 posts) -
@nickux said:
" 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.
#115 Posted by Lobst (151 posts) -

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.

#116 Posted by JustKamToo (624 posts) -

I'd like to add my  "Fuck you Activision!" Blur is a greeat game. Damn shame they have been clsoed.

#117 Posted by hagridore (500 posts) -

Wow didn't see that coming. Good news is they didn't get assigned to Tony Hawk or Spider-Man. 
 
Why'd you buy 'em, Bobby?

#118 Posted by FinalDasa (1252 posts) -

Happy Holidays! 
 
Activision made a business move but something that makes sense on paper doesn't from an industry viewpoint. 

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#119 Posted by SolongWrex (138 posts) -

Well fuck.

#120 Posted by Church069 (249 posts) -

Massive bummer!  Tonight I play Geometry Wars....Does Activision own the rights to Geometry Wars?  Bummer again.

#121 Posted by Meltbrain (2966 posts) -

That's sad.

#122 Edited by MachidaX89 (72 posts) -

Wow, wouldn't normally expect that a developer with that kind of reputation would get closed down.  I like Geometry Wars, and PGR 3 was among the first games i bought when i got the Xbox 360. But i guess you can never know if Mr. Kotick is involved.

#123 Posted by Nomin (920 posts) -

This is what happens when mutltinational conglomerate scumfucks take over every facet of leeway that indie developer or small developer houses possess. Bottom line or else 

#124 Posted by Skittlenizzle (69 posts) -

This is really sad news. :(

#125 Posted by Burn1n9m4n (258 posts) -

NOOOO!!!! There go all my hopes of Geometry Wars ever coming to PS3!!! FUCK!!

#126 Posted by Hector (3346 posts) -

Wow WTF! I loved the PGR series and I thought Bizzare Creations was an awesome company.

#127 Posted by IamNOTatalkingpony (264 posts) -

Condolences to those 200.I'm not really a big racing guy, but ANY good studio shutting down is a bummer. 

#128 Posted by Choi (510 posts) -
@TomTheRealist said:
 Big condolences to the 200 or so staff.  "
Best of luck to all of them. Big bummer!
#129 Posted by phantomzxro (1531 posts) -

@Lokno said:

"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.
#130 Posted by RecSpec (3678 posts) -

Wow that came out of nowhere.

#131 Posted by kalmis (1557 posts) -

Shit, that's terrible news. Really loved the PGR games

#132 Posted by ThrdDegreeBurns (17 posts) -

Just furthers my disgust for Activision.

#133 Posted by Cybexx (1099 posts) -

Its too bad, PGR3 was a great launch title, PGR4 was really solid but ignored, The Club had major issues but an interesting approach to a shooter, Blur is awesome and I've lost so many wonderful hours to Geometry Wars 1 & 2.

#134 Posted by animathias (1076 posts) -
@zombie2011 said:
" 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.
#135 Posted by EXTRASHINY (43 posts) -

Not cool.

#136 Posted by Strafer (12 posts) -

:(

#137 Posted by Nytrik (152 posts) -

Pour some out. 

#138 Posted by EgoCheck616 (782 posts) -

GOD FUCKING DAMMIT 
I wish Activision would just die in a fire. 
 
Hopefully those who lost their jobs can find work elsewhere.

#139 Posted by Dblueguy (38 posts) -

This is horrible, I loved Blur and Geometry Wars. I wish the best of luck to all of the staff at Bizarre Creations.

#140 Posted by RYNO9881 (625 posts) -

not cool.

#141 Posted by Ragdrazi (2283 posts) -

I'd like to again remind everyone who bought Black Ops that they are part of the problem.

#142 Posted by Mystyr_E (1172 posts) -

so can the studio at least move to EA or something? or are they like, toast but honestly, with Activision, who didn't see this coming?
 
their new motto: unless you're making us a Call of Duty, GTFO

#143 Posted by Th3_James (2575 posts) -

I really liked the PGR games.

#144 Posted by DukeTogo (1505 posts) -
@Sir_Ragnarok said:
" 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.
#145 Posted by TadThuggish (882 posts) -

Remember that time Activision bought that developer just to shut them down? 
 
I remember.

#146 Edited by Atomasist (2818 posts) -

This news is quite surprising, anyways best of luck to those who got fired.

#147 Posted by Nicholas (351 posts) -

WHAT THE FUCK? NOT. COOL. FUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#148 Posted by Little_Socrates (5649 posts) -

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.) 

#149 Edited by Death_Burnout (3767 posts) -
o_O i was not expecting that...
 
 @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...
#150 Posted by wolf_blitzer85 (5235 posts) -
@Korolev said:
" 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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