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Activision to auction off Bizarre?

According to Develop, the UK-based developer Bizarre Creations is facing closure after its racing IP Blur failed to achieve commercial success.

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Mystogan2585d ago (Edited 2585d ago )

Would be cool if MS would buy Bizzare and Harmonix

Edit: Wait a sec aren't they the ones responsible for PGR?...and Wow WAIT A MINUTE DID ACTIVISION CLOSE BIZARRE?... WHY?

aviator1892585d ago (Edited 2585d ago )

Yeah, bizzare were the ones creating previous pgr games but microsoft owns the ip. And I'm guessing Activision is closing and laying off the 200+ studio because their recent games haven't been performing that well like Blur and 007 Blood Stone.
I wish they go back to the PGR series, though Blur was a pretty fun game.

I hope the studio gets a good buyer in the end You'd think that with the success the company has had with cod games, especially black ops, in terms of sales, they would use some of that revenue to nurture and support their studios. However, that's not the case. Activision can suck it.

darthv722585d ago

for making geometry wars. I love those games. So addicting. PGR is supposed to make a comeback so why not have the original team do it right.

Baka-akaB2585d ago (Edited 2585d ago )

That's activision's hypocrisy in a nutshell . Make up all that PR ballhoney about how Blur was still a success , despites contrary indications , make statements about fully supporting bizarre , only to pawn them off a few month later .

Elven62585d ago

A game called Blood Stone did release a few weeks ago you know. And Activision's priority (any publicly traded company for that matter) is to the share holders.

dkblackhawk502585d ago

Bobby payment out of the sell off = X millions...sound right?

FordGTGuy2585d ago

is on Microsoft buying Bizarre and making them a first part studio for PGR, Microsoft is currently looking for a European developer for PGR so it would make sense.

gamekudos2585d ago

What if Sony brought them?

olLANDSHARKlo2585d ago

I think you need to put the controller down and maybe hit the books. If sony brought them, where would they go?

green2585d ago

I doubt Sony would be interested in Bizarre Creations because i don't see what they could bring to the table that existing Sony 1st party studios could not do.

Sony has the arcade section filled with Motorstorm (cant remember the devs), and they have the sim filled with Polyphony digitals GT series.

BLUR was a commercial flop and i dont know what other IP's they have since the PGR IP belongs to Microsoft that would be enticing to Sony to use. So IMO, it would be a waste of money.

Microsoft is a better fit, since they have worked together for a long time. But i don't know how good their relationship is. I remember an article interviewing the head of Bizarre creations during the Activision acquisition that they were not happy with Microsoft including Forza 2 instead of PGR4 in the Christmas bundle after Microsoft put a lot of pressure on them to finish the game for the holidays.

Anyway, i love PGR so i hope the franchise can return. But i think Microsoft will be better of with Harmonix.

Aclay2585d ago

I'd rather prefer Sony acquire Sucker Punch or Quantic Dream... While Bizzare Creations did well with the PGR franchise, in the Racing Game genre, I think both Polyphony Digital and Evolution Studios is more than enough for Sony.

If anything, I think Microsoft should seize the opportunity to get them back so that the Original devs of the PGR franchise can make a new one, instead of finding another studio to do it like recent reports were suggesting sometime over the last week or so.

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