Update: Black Rock Studio officially closes today

Friday, 2nd September 2011 21:11 GMT By Andrew Groen

The developer of the tragically underappreciated Split/Second has officially closed its doors today according to its parent company, Disney Interactive Studios.

The explosive racing title Split/Second (or Split/Second: Velocity depending on your territory) was critically lauded, but underperformed at retail after it released in a month dominated by Red Dead Redemption (which performed far beyond anyone’s predictions.)

The studio was announced to be closing months ago, but did not officially close until today. There is currently no word on what the studio had been doing since Split/Second 2 was cancelled in December 2010.

Update: New information from Eurogamer points to a F2P RTS called Champions Alliance as the project Black Rock was working on just before closure. It was apparently akin to League of Legends.

Thanks, Eurogamer!



  1. The_Red

    Fuck you very very much Disney.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. xino


    to the staffs of Black Rock Studio
    good luck

    i hope you’re reading this because I really love Split Second and Pure.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. The_Deleted

    What Xino said:
    Split/Second was a great game that really should have positioned itself in the releases away from Blur. A great shame.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. tenthousandgothsonacid

    @3 Blur got delayed to being at the same time as Split/Second so even that wasn’t Black Rock’s fault.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Ireland Michael

    “…in a month dominated by Red Dead Redemption (which performed far beyond Michael Pachter’s predictions.)”


    Anyway, sad day. Loved Split Second, and it was a far better game that Blur as well. Good look to everyone in the company in finding a new job.

    #5 3 years ago

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