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    Black Rock, formerly Climax Racing, was a Brighton-based racing game developer, owned by Disney Interactive Studios. Notable releases include the MotoGP series, ATV: Offroad Fury series, Pure and most recently Split/Second. Black Rock was closed in June 2011.

    Disney Plans to Shutter Split/Second Developer Black Rock Studio

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    kagekage

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    #51  Edited By kagekage

    Any time that a developer close its doors is sad. Plus, Pure and Split Second were above average SOLID games. 
    It's such a shame, here's to hoping that they'll find work soon.

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    #52  Edited By zityz

    WTF? These guys made awesome games. PURE was and still is the ONLY atv game ever worth giving a damn about and Split Second looked really damn good.

    It's odd to see how companies that can crank out some good stuff get shut down, and yet Obsidian is still kicking around. Just sayin and this also makes me scratch my head.

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    #53  Edited By CLinendoll

    I was about to say something about this happening on a holiday weekend, then realized they're based in the UK. Either way, still sucks, as they made great games.

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    #54  Edited By Fleafa

    Yeah, fuck Disney.

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    #55  Edited By Enigma_2099

    But remember... it's the sale of used games that's hurting the industry... [/HEAVY SARCASM]


    GOD I hate people like this...

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    #56  Edited By ladnar

    Pure and Split/Second were really fun games, wanted them to have a second try at least one of them. I wish all the employees good luck in finding new jobs.

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    #57  Edited By Kontrapunkt
    @Zabant: Erm... Codemasters? Studio Liverpool. Look at TIGA as well. We're not out of it. We're just not very prominent.
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    #58  Edited By pot

    Booo! Pure was a great game.
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    #59  Edited By xpgamer7

    And Disney was suddenly a thing again too.

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    #60  Edited By HURRyDURRy

    I would say positive reviews mean absolutely nothing now in the world of video games.

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    #61  Edited By CoolDrMoney

    Shit, I really liked Pure and Split/Second. I was hoping for more racing titles from them.

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    #62  Edited By FourWude

    WHEN WILL IT END!?!?!

    WAHAHAHAHA...

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    #63  Edited By art_monkey79

    I never played any of those games, not much of a race fan, though I can say that stinks.  

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    #64  Edited By MeatSim

    I hope everyone can find a new job.

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    #65  Edited By Coombs

                                                          !!!! DAMN YOU MICKEY MOUSE !!!!    

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    #66  Edited By pickassoreborn

    Hope these guys can land on their feet and find some new work soon - only just rediscovered Split/Second and it is indeed an awesome game.

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    #67  Edited By Spiffo

    Not a racing game fan myself but I still bought Split/Second and I loved every minute of it. It was less "driving in circles" and more "participating in a car scene in a Micheal Bay movie" and it's a shame they won't be doing it again

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    #68  Edited By TotalEklypse

    First off fuck Disney.. Is there anything they don't ruin or at least attempt to ruin? 
     
    Second, so the workers have 90 days to do what? I'd clock in then leave.. make them pay me to search for new work. Make them pay me overtime too.. what are they going to do fire you?

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    #69  Edited By mcdrew77

    This is sad state of events. From what I played, Black Rock made very good games. I own Pure and love it.

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    #70  Edited By otzlowe

    And this is why I really hope that the indie game industry keeps getting more popular and successful. Corporate games just do not seem to pan out very well. Really hoping that this industry can go back to being more entrepreneurial and driven by the desire to make good games, without having to rely on the cash of the people who would rather have big bucks. :(

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    #71  Edited By ExtremeJesus

    Definitely not good news for the UK games industry. Especially seeing as their games by all accounts have been pretty good.
     
    Maybe there'll be a silver lining if the 2 new companies go off and succeed.  Really hope so.
    Also, ShortRound Games is an awesome name for a games studio.

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    #72  Edited By ajamafalous

    I really liked Pure. Fond memories.

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    #73  Edited By pickassoreborn

    @TotalEklypse: Disney pulled the trick of giving the remaining developers hope by getting them to work on a project for those 90 days. It's happened before, probably happen again.

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    #74  Edited By shinigami420

    Pretty terrible to report on black rock shutting down and not report on GameRepublic a far better game developer and it has a much more crazy story of how they shut down

    also the dude that made time pilot and streets of rage was the ceo

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    #75  Edited By iirobdog

    So is this a sing that Disney isn't doing well in their push into the game industry?

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    #76  Edited By sins_of_mosin

    The dev could never get the balance right in their games. 

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    #77  Edited By DisAbiLityFisHy
    @kollay said:

    There was a time when Disney showed promise as a solid figure in the industry.

    Dun goofed. 

     
    Or should we say... dun GOOFY'D! 
    ZING! 
    Anyone?
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    #78  Edited By KingLouis51
    @iAmJohn: why don't you attempt to bail out Black Rock then? oh, wait... you're not so keen when it's YOUR money at risk. They made good games but at the end of the day publishers are for-profit businesses and if Black Rock failed to turn a profit 5 years in a row then the only logical thing for a businessman to do is shut them down or sell them off.
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    #79  Edited By iamjohn

    @KingLouis51: Wow, way to completely miss the point. Black Rock made excellent games that deserved to do well and mostly didn't because Disney is a pile of shit who, like every media conglomerate that has gotten into the video game business as of late, didn't understand that video games are a gigantic investment and really hard to make profitable (see also: MTV Games). I mean, fuck, look at Split/Second - they launched it against two other arcade racers and Red Dead fucking Redemption; of course it wasn't going to light the charts on fire! Did that stop it from being an excellent game that should have been expanded upon? Fuck no.

    The only logical thing for a businessman to do is not waste time in video games if you're not going to do it right, because then you just end up screwing over a ton of people who don't deserve it, and Black Rock don't deserve it. Or are you such a corporate cheerleader that you missed that?

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    #80  Edited By Silock

    Gay, I LOVED Split/Second!

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