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Report: Bizarre Creations will close on Friday

Monday, 14th February 2011 18:15 GMT By Patrick Garratt

Develop’s reporting that UK developer Bizarre Creations will cease to exist this Friday, February 18.

In a lengthy obituary to the outfit, the site notes that Bizarre made around 20 games over 15 years, growing to around 200 staff at its peak.

The studio officially formed in 1994 under the Bizarre Creations brand, but was actually formed by owner Martyn Chudley in 1988.

Activision confirmed last November that Bizarre staff had entered the consultancy period required by UK law to close a company.

The company said it was seeking a buyer for the firm at the time, and accused naysayers of “wallowing in the worst possible outcome” on the issue.

Several buyers were reportedly interested in the developer, but news came last month that Activision has recommended closure.

Bizarre Creations will be most fondly known for the Metropolis Street Racer series. It sold to Activision in 2007.

To the Liverpool massive: we salute you.

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  1. Mr Tom

    BC will be missed.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Erthazus

    Thats actually awesome.

    Now MS, Sony or EA can hire some devs for future games.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. mortiferus

    Wow, though I am sad to see them go, I must say that they dug their own grave.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Kalain

    Gutted for these guys as I actually know some people who work there. They are a very talented and skilled bunch of people, pity the publisher didn’t support them as much as they could’ve.

    Hoping that they don’t get sucked into Sony Liverpool to forever make Wipeout games….

    #4 3 years ago
  5. LOLshock94

    FUCK OFF THIS IS A JOKE

    #5 3 years ago
  6. xino

    what games did they make?

    that is bad news man:/

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Razor

    Sad times.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Fin

    @Erthazus

    Normally I give you crap for spouting bullshit, but jesus are you that much of an asshole? This isn’t remotely approaching “awesome”. Even if every single developer was hired back into the industry (which is unlikely), Bizarre would still cease to exist.

    Seriously, grow the fuck up.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Johnny Cullen

    @6 Formula One 97, Project Gotham Racing, Blur to name a few.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. DSB

    PGR was an amazing series. It’s a shame they didn’t stick with what they knew.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Golden

    Goodbye Bizarre Creations. I have played and enjoyed pretty much most of your creations.
    The company will be remembered forever fondly and I wish all the dudes and dudettes the very best for the future.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Psychotext

    @9: You forget one of the downloadable games of the generation. Geometry Wars 2.

    :(

    #12 3 years ago
  13. YoungZer0

    @9: You forgot James Bond: Blood Stone and The Club.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Tallon 4

    Flabbergasted….This cannot be happening :/
    I mean…this guys were regarded as one of the best developers for great racing games! They really will be missed.

    What a shame that BLUR did not get the sales it deserved, it could have saved the studio.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. loki

    I will always remember PGR. THX guys for one of best racing game series. You made the greatest mistake sold out to Acti and start sux after what

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Johnny Cullen

    @PT, YoungZero I did say “to name a few” :)

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Erthazus

    @8, i’m sorry, i could care less about shitty games like James bond or Blur that was made my theese creators.

    GROW THE FUCK UP!

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Prof.Dr.Moertel

    geez…. that´s bad :(

    #18 3 years ago
  19. OwningXylophone

    But nobody has mentioned their greatest work, Wiz ‘n’ Liz on the Megadrive & Amiga. That game was awesome and is as much fun today as it was back when I was 12.

    Here’s to hoping Mr. Chudley and co. find great new jobs and churn out some great new games just to show Activision what they could have had.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. albo88

    R.I.P PGR well it was not on levels of Forza or GT but it was a good game

    #20 3 years ago
  21. LOLshock94

    @10 if they stuck to making pgr then all you faggits will complain about milfing a series you whinnie cock heads

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Epic Fool

    Wow, they made Wiz ‘n’ Liz? Didn’t know that, thought MSR was their first game… Kind of sad this, I enjoyed quite a few of their games.

    #22 3 years ago
  23. Michael O’Connor

    This is what happens when you work for Activision and don’t work on the Call of Duty franchise.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. LOLshock94

    no thats what happens when all you bitches cry about a game being made by activation

    #24 3 years ago
  25. Michael O’Connor

    This guys rank up there as one of my favourite all time developers.

    They created of the best gaming experiences I’ve ever had. I lost half my life to Wiz’n'Liz, and Metropolis Street Racer was one the racing games that was a major driving (bad pun, sorry) forces in seeing them shift from sterile car simulator less than realistic arcade racers, probably one of the best things to ever happen to the genre.

    And hey… Geometry Wars! ’nuff said.

    #25 3 years ago
  26. OrbitMonkey

    /salutes the fallen *cracks open beer* To the future guys…

    #26 3 years ago
  27. xxJPRACERxx

    FUCK YOU Activision! R.I.P Bizarre :~(

    #27 3 years ago
  28. Kalain

    Why don’t some of your guys go out there and make a game on par with what BC did?

    Sorry, but they did make great games but were let down by their publisher for not advertising their games enough..

    #28 3 years ago
  29. Blerk

    /salutes

    #29 3 years ago