Bizarre-Creations-to-close-on-Friday---An-industry-mourns Bizarre Creations to close on Friday - An industry mourns

   14/02/2011 at 20:51       Richard Horne       4 COMMENTS.
 - Bizarre Creations, Activision, Project Gotham Racing, Blur, Metropolis Street Racer

Activision has been in the news for all of the wrong reasons this week. First it was the shocking announcement of the death of the Guitar Hero and DJ Hero franchises. And now, as if to rub further salt in the wounds, it's been confirmed that Bizarre Creations will cease to exist as of Friday the 18th of February.

Of course it was always inevitable, the recent speculation that Activision was dicussing a possible sale with interested parties meant there was always a glimmer of hope this much loved developer would rise from the ashes, but deep down we all knew Activision was just going through the motions. The motions that mean it's now a much leaner and slimmer company with only a few core franchises to focus on - mainly Call of Duty, StarCraft, Diablo and World and Warcraft.

With a back catalogue of 20 games over 15 years including the stupendous Metropolis Street Racer, Project Gotham Racing and Blur games, as a Brit I'm especially sad to the demise of this once great company.

What happens next remains unclear, though no doubt the vultures will be circling over-head ready to sweep up the talent and move them onto other studios. This leaves Codemasters as Black Rock Studios as THE defacto British racing developers. Let's hope their publishers aren't quite so ruthless.

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