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Bizarre Creations RIP – 1994-2011

Friday, 18th February 2011 10:13 GMT By Patrick Garratt

A staffer has put together a final salute to UK developer Bizarre Creations, which Activision will close today. Words are pointless. The very best of luck to everyone involved.

Farewell Bizarre…it’s been an absolute pleasure! from Eamon Urtone on Vimeo.

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42 Comments

  1. Patrick Garratt

    Metropolis Street Racer was my very first press trip. I didn’t know what to wear, so I turned up in a suit that was about three sizes too small then lied that I’d come from a meeting when I saw everyone was wearing t-shirts.

    End of an era.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. kdogg

    haha

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Patrick Garratt

    And for the record, we were first in the world to get the game’s title. I phoned it back to the bedroom office off the bus. The Edge freelancer thought I was mental. Liveblogging, 20th Century style.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Blerk

    Such a shame nobody stepped in to save them. Good luck to everyone!

    /salutes

    Man, I’ve been doing too much saluting of late.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Heinekeno

    “Over the past three years since our purchase of Bizarre Creations, the fundamentals of the racing genre have changed significantly” -Activision 1 mont ago
    “Oh My God ! They killed Kenny ! You Basterds !” -South Park

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Soong

    Sadly this was inevitable once they signed up with Activision, which nowadays seems akin to making a deal with the devil – only worse. As a gamer with no inside knowledge of the industry I really have to wonder why any developer would willingly want to work for or with Activision at all.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Johnny Cullen

    Basically a bit heart-broken. PGR3 was one of my first true online experiences and PGR4 was a fantastic racer. Nevermore. :(

    #7 4 years ago
  8. frostquake

    Sad…but not surprising…Activision buys you up..gobble gobble gobble, and then shuts you down boot boot boot…Just got the Bond game for $10 US, ewwwwww Fugly Fugly Fugly..looks like a PS1 game…really really bad…not a good way to end it all!! Maybe they should have stuck to XBLA titles…oh well, I wish the staff all the best, and those who got rich selling off the company, well I will reserve my comments to my thoughts…This is Paul Harvey Signing off, and Good Day… ;)

    #8 4 years ago
  9. StolenGlory

    MSR is where it all started for me. When I had my old gaming review website, it was one of the first titles (along with a few others from the Dreamcast launch) that I went all out on with videos, images, an in-depth feature and so on. It was pretty much my life for a few months once I had gotten hold of it.

    Bizarre Creations you will be sorely missed and now there is one less feather in the cap of the UK games industry as a result.

    /salute.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. Robo_1

    Best wishes to all effected by this. I hope they find new positions quickly. Always sad to see an established and talented team broken up though, Blur was excellent.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. dirigiblebill

    These guys made Geometry Wars, and Geometry Wars made Xbox Live Arcade. Simply ridiculous.

    Best of luck to all involved.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Moonwalker1982

    WTF….Bizarre is gone? I didn’t see that coming, why exactly? Wasn’t Blur a success?

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Lloytron

    Good luck to everyone involved. I worked with them briefly back in the Fur Fighters and MSR days. Great guys, good times, top games.

    It’s a sad day for gamers.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. evilashchris

    :(

    Good luck guys and girls.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Zarckan

    @frostquake you don’t have a fucking clue what you are talking about.

    There is NO need to go all fanboi on this thread, show the people some respect!

    #15 4 years ago
  16. StolenGlory

    @8

    It looks like a PS1 game?

    Exaggerate much?

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Michael O’Connor

    Sad day.

    Damn Activision.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. LOLshock94

    really gutted for these guys there racers were amazing and there shooters werent that bad i thought CLUB was an amazing game online

    #18 4 years ago
  19. daytripper

    thought ms or sony might have snapped them up, a real shame. best of luck to everyone who has left there.:-(

    #19 4 years ago
  20. GwynbleiddiuM

    This shows why Independent studios should remain independent. when they’re owned by a bigger firm, there’s always the risk of terminations…

    #20 4 years ago
  21. back_up

    very sad day
    F1 was first game i bought from them
    they should make their own team and start developing small games or
    hope everybody finds new jobs

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Hunam

    @20 Any studio has a chance of getting shut down, independent or no.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. G1GAHURTZ

    Especially in the UK, these days.

    It’s so expensive to run a studio here, so why bother, when you can make exactly the same products with cheaper talent in cheaper parts of the world?

    #23 4 years ago
  24. OlderGamer

    ” so expensive to run a studio here, so why bother, when you can make exactly the same products with cheaper talent in cheaper parts of the world?”

    Thats whats killing our econemy and middle class in the states too. Not just games obviously, but with so many things from manufactered goods to customer services.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. freedoms_stain

    @22, this is true, but at least if you’re independent you live or die by your own decisions, successes and failures.

    There is no mega-corporation overhead saying “we want you to do this like this” then throwing the toys out the pram when it doesn’t work.

    And indeed successful studios get cut simply to make savings.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. ManuOtaku

    This is so sad, such a talented developer being throw to the trash can, i dont know what is worst, activision, or us gamers that we didnt do anything in order to place and statement on this, i know this people will find jobs (pray to god), but the precedent that this is making is big for our industry, i know is done before but not like this.

    In other note, also this month Hudson(bomberman, lost in shadow) shut their doors too, sad month indeed T_T

    #26 4 years ago
  27. KBST

    Oh, bad bad Activision. Why are you closing a studio that is known for not reaching milestones in time and was willing to even take money from the marketing budget, in order to finish their games. Bad Activison! You know this is a charity, not a business. Bad Activision! Good luck Bizarre. I hope you get a new job….and get fucking organized this time.

    #27 4 years ago
  28. ManuOtaku

    @ 27 i prefer i studio or company for that matter, that not reach his milestones in time, that the one whoe does forcing his employees, treat them bad in the process and doing mobbing, just saying. and this it has nothing to do with business, you can make good amounts of profits, treating your employees the way they deserve, humanly speaking of course.

    #28 4 years ago
  29. DSB

    Lament of the unsubsidized Euro games developer, like Giga says.

    It’s great that politicians want to do a lot of talk about globalization and protecting the high tech employer, but when it comes to putting a bit of investment into those claims, they’re nowhere to be found. As usual.

    @27 That’s not really neccesary.

    #29 4 years ago
  30. Broncanus

    Kudos

    #30 4 years ago
  31. ManuOtaku

    @30 or your meant not Kudos to that(the closing of bizarre i mean), i hope is the later,

    #31 4 years ago
  32. Grimrita

    Another one bites the dust. The best of luck to all those losing their jobs. It proves that Big publisher = hasnt a fucking clue

    #32 4 years ago
  33. artistadam

    wow, i feel bad for the bond series as blood stone was left open for a sequel… and i thought bizzare did a brilliant job of recreating the world of james bond… they revived the bond franchise IMO and then the doors close… wow, this is the second studio to close where i loved their last game they ever made… bizzare with blood stone and pandemic with the saboteur…

    i guess i’ll just have to cling on to blood stone as i am not so sure we’ll see another decent bond game for many many years…

    #33 4 years ago
  34. Bloodyghost

    The saddest thing was that they didnt deserve this. Blur was addicting and WAY underrated and Blood Stone wasnt that bad. Actually was the best MODERN James Bond game.

    Activision grabbed Bizzare like a sponge and left the studio falling and needing a home.

    Should of stayed with Microsoft. Just saying.

    Bungie might be next…

    #34 4 years ago
  35. Kalain

    Bizzare’s games weren’t marketed enough, hence why their sales where low, due to them wanting to pump up Call of Modern Warfarre of Duty Honour 234.

    The guys didn’t deserve it as they are some of the most talented people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting.

    #35 4 years ago
  36. ManuOtaku

    Just think what will happen if Activision ends up buying 2K, rockstar should take a hard look in the mirror in order to dont let that happen.

    #36 4 years ago
  37. Freek

    Blur had potential. It could have gone the way of Dead Space. Solid but not spectacular reviews for part 1 and then 90 ratings all round and mega sales for part 2.

    You need to give a franchise room to grow, for atleast one sequel if the frist game is good.
    EA gets that, Activission is more foccused on short term proffit. That works great for the shareholders and is a viabel buisenss strategy.
    Unfortunatly a side effect of that is a graveyard full of franchises prematurely run into the ground and a a serial killer style studio body count.

    #37 4 years ago
  38. Tallon 4

    beautiful vid

    Thanks Bizarre, for all those great games!

    #38 4 years ago
  39. xino

    so they made those games…that is bad man!
    Now that they’ve closed down, Microsoft have nothing to go against GT series

    #39 4 years ago
  40. DaMan

    er, the second Dead Space got basically the same reviews as the original.. the games have a 0.1 diff on Metacritic ;o

    and, RIP. they were an exceptional developer.

    #40 4 years ago
  41. Freek

    That’s because meta critic is a nonsensical way to gather information, it agragates everything untill the nuance is gone.

    EG is more representative of the general response Dead Space 1 got, 7/10. Good but has some issues and is repetative. Sales reflected that.
    Dead Space 2, 9/10, improved the game in the right places, lots of positive buzz, great sales.

    The new Medal of Honor, same thing. The reboot was a verry mixed bag but there was something there to build on. The second one will probably be excelent.
    Or long story short: it often takes a sequel for a developer to get it right.

    #41 4 years ago
  42. DaMan

    @Freek
    ‘That’s because meta critic is a nonsensical way to gather information, it agragates everything untill the nuance is gone.’

    ah, that’s true then, I agree.

    although I don’t see how it could possibly affect the sales.. going by games like Sniper GW or K&L 2. I would rather believe it was the recession being at it’s peak in 2008.

    #42 4 years ago

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