Activision makes “recommendation” to close Bizarre Creations

Wednesday, 19th January 2011 13:31 GMT By Johnny Cullen


Activision’s confirmed to Develop it has made a “recommendation” that Bizarre Creations closes.

Activision’s Worldwide Studios’ COO Cody Johnson told the site it had tried to “find a buyer” for the Liverpool-based developer.

“I want to be clear, our first choice was to try and keep this group together and find a buyer for the studio,” he said, adding it had “explored a lot of leads – pretty much anyone you can imagine in the industry.”

But Johnson said that it was not able find any “interested parties,” saying the recommendation was a “last resort”.

“But unfortunately, so far we’ve not been able to find and interested parties. So we’ve made as a last resort, a recommendation to the team for closure.”

It was first reported back in November that the studio was set to close with the loss of 200 jobs.

But Activision told VG247 in a statement that it was “exploring our options regarding the future,” putting the studio under a 90-day consultation period, as required by UK law.

It was then reported that “multiple parties” were interested in buying the developer, but nothing has surfaced since.

If Bizare does close, its final game would have been James Bond: Blood Stone for PS3, 360 and PC.



  1. DiodeX

    Boo, killing the better arcade racing studio!, just get them to remake PGR2 in HD!!!

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Razor

    Wow, MS must be waiting for a serious cut-price buy.

    Surely MS have to be playing hardball? There’s no reason why they shouldn’t have BC making PGR5.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. AHA-Lambda

    do they need PGR when they have forza tho? =s

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Tallon 4

    Unbelieveable…I adore Bizarre because they create great racing games! BLUR was a very underestimated game and is still awesome to play online

    How the fuck is this possible?
    Sony or MS take note and buy them!

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Blerk


    I really did think Microsoft would pick them up. Or at least throw them a game-deal bone so that they could go indie.

    #5 4 years ago

    Now that’s some serious business.

    No wonder people there have been so active on Linkedin over the last few months…

    #6 4 years ago
  7. naffgeek

    Makes you wonder how much effort was put into Bloodstone knowing that they were for the chop.

    Or is it the dissapointment of Bloodstone that has brought down the axe.

    Either way it’s a crying shame. At least Black Rock are still going.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. TheWulf

    @4: How?

    Good != Popular.
    Good != Saleable.

    See World of Warcraft. A game that’s absolutely horrible, yet sells well and is popular. A lot of the market these days revolves around social engineering. What a person is convinced to believe is fun Vs what they actually find fun.

    Bizarre Creations make good games, but not popular games, and therefore likely not saleable games. It’s a very unfortunate artefact of this capitalistic world of ours.

    Perhaps they’d do well making their game more a little more… what’s the word? ‘Gangsta’, maybe? It seems to have worked with the sales of Burnout Paradise.

    I hated that obnoxious DJ, but most seemed to love him.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. LOLshock94

    hmmmm looks like the only game dev job i can get is with lionhead :/

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Robo_1

    Very sad times. :(

    I thought MS would have sweeped them up for a PGR re-boot. They’re a really talented team whose games often deserved to sell better than they did.

    James Bond is a very so-so showing though. Great driving sections, but a feeling of meh runs through the rest of it.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Maxey

    Bizarre should get the fuck out of Activision and join EA Partners or some other decent company.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. polygem

    geometry wars is still and forever my favorite arcade game…

    #12 4 years ago
  13. DSB

    It’s not hard to see why a decent studio like Bizarre gets cut before a line-up of absolutely horrible shovelware peddlers. Bizarre is in the EU. Lots of taxes, with little interest from politicians, who probably don’t realize that the games industry creates high tech jobs.

    No one wants to buy it, no one wants to own it, unless it’s a blockbuster factory. I’m quite sure they won’t be the last wellknown euro-studio to go that way.

    @8 That might’ve made a little sense if you hadn’t referred to WoW as absolutely horrible. It’s not hard for anyone that’s played the game to see why it’s a market leader.

    #13 4 years ago

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