Just over a week ago, the much loved games developer Bizarre Creations announced that it would be shutting it's Liverpool based doors for the last time.
Formed in the late 1980's as Raising Hell Software, they went on to create some of the most well loved games of the new millennium, including the acclaimed Project Gotham Racing series, the addictive Geometry Wars games, and more recently, Blur and 007: Blood Money.
Unfortunately, a combination of poor sales of their last two games, Blur and Blood Money, and the current economic climate has resulted in Bizarre Creations parent company Activision deciding to close the studio for good.
To say goodbye, Bizarre created a fair well video for its fans to thank them for their support over the years.
Sad news indeed, I loved the PGR series and Blur is underrated.
The good news, however, is that a majority of the team have reformed under the new development studio, Lucid. What they create and who may publish it is unclear, but I hope they're able to return to the racing genre very soon. Perhaps Microsoft will get them on board to revitalise the PGR license. One can dream.
Given that Lucid is made up of ex-Bizarre employees, it is safe to say that we can indeed dare to dream of great things from them.
I take it that is is MS that hold the rights to the PGR rights now? would really like to see another...
Better Microsoft than Activision. They're more likely to license it again to the new old team than Activision who tried to get rid of them... although as these things go, if the Lucid guys wanted to make a new PGR, they'd probably do it with or without the original title (like the Gothic guys did Riven after losing the Gothic license).
Daniel Saner Wrote:
Seconded. PGR is not one of those franchises that deserves to become just another Activision cash cow. Way too good for that.