Bizarre Creations, the Developer behind the PGR Series, Geometry Wars and Blur, says Goodbye with a wondeful Farewell Video. - 1994 - 2011 - .:: All the best for you ::.
Damn shame, another great studio left the scene. all the best to the devs, great time good games.
WTF is wrong with Activision? They milk something into the ground and then when the series/company outlives its usefulness its over. How about going to other games and creating new IPs. Put COD down for a while. True crime would have been awesome. And now they shoot Bizarre in the face. Seriously this is all going haywire this year. So many set backs. Hope Mirrors edge 2 ends up fine EA.
its probably for the best, hear me out, these devs will likely be snapped up into smaller teams where they can work on fun projects and have better working conditions, im sure working in a team under craptivision can't be pleasant, super tight deadlines and having to work crazy hours etc. sometimes when things sound bad they actually turn out quite good in the end.
tht james bond game had the worst drivin ever dude. horrible ai. some of the levels was just last stand flood the map crap. craigs bond is known for goin off the grid and doing his own thing. yet activision bond games and this includes the one from bizzare, have some dude chattin at you all the time and he can see cameras on a wall in a room you are in. ruined the game an made it nothing like the movies. the fact is they dug their own hole.
"the fact is they dug their own hole" @MeanOldman first off, they didn't decide to create a James Bond game during probably one of the worst times to be James Bond.... in saying that I mean Bond is nothing of the figure that he used to be.. no one wants to be Daniel Craig.... and that isn't Bizarre Creations fault... they made a game for Activision based on a franchise that is almost always doomed on the Video Game level except (Goldeneye)... not even the Bond movies of today can live up to the Bond movies of yesterday.... if anything... Activision... told them to make a Bond game in a very unreasonable amount of time... and that is why it failed... you just can't snap your fingers and make Bond fans happy!! and to be personally honest... the James Bond franchise is at a stand still.. so once again there is nothing a developer could do with this lackluster series.
I totally disagree, Daniel Craig is my second favorite bond, and you would find it difficult to find a bigger James bond fan than me. You should see my room lol And the bond games have had some very fun games over the years, I had heaps of fun with night fire. As much as it sucks to see these devs go belly up, they did make a crappy game with bond, sure the license may have been tossed on them, but some things were wrong with that game in execution, not in refinement and polish. The game was poorly made full stop. Also saying that though, they have made some amazing games over the years, blur being a personal favorite.
I suppose, I can understand that... But I honestly can't pin it on Bizarre... I mean... yeah Bond isn't directly up their alley.. but if they had the time they would have got it done... there wasn't even a Bond movie... so what's the push for the game??? Money... it's the only incentive.... Activision knew Bond would sell... so they tried to cash in... and I'm glad you like James Bond... but Daniel Craig... isn't the way to go... you're getting way too caught up with the glamour of the world.. I mean Bond was great... A classic... but that's not what people want to see anymore.. they want fresh ideas, new characters, new storys... bigger thrills... James Bond can only do so much... after awhile everything bites the dust.... Especially, in the video game industry... So, I'm just going to offer that you sit back and think a little about your fond attachment to Mr. Bond... it's time to think about life and the impending future... Because the world is falling to shit. Basically, don't emulate Bond... Become Bond!!
you must be on drugs jay. james bond is more popular than evr and daniel craig is one of the main reasons. i grew up watching connery but daniel craig has a grit to him others lack. you act like a james bond game woulda doomed any studio when the opposite is true. a great bond game would make any studio. bizzare made a linear formula game with a half ass engine. the driving weas horrible. did you play it. remeber this is bizarre and the drivin sucked bad. bad bad ai on a rail. and this is true for the foot sections too. the game was made for a 5 year old. shoot this glowing area on the crane bond. tons of spawn triggers. even the boat section, that looked okay was marred by the grade school shooting mechanics. this isnt built into bond. this was design decisions. bond has ever thing you need for a great game. built in name recognistion. thas huge. bond can drive cars drive motorcycles, snowmobiles, boats, he can fight, shoot the greatest weapons, ski, scuba dive, freefall, mountaineer, do action, stealth, undercover ops, gadgets (though they should be the point of the mission) you name it and bond is a expert at it or willing to bluff his way through. bizzarre like too many companies got a gift ip on a platter an they blew it. the ip is at a standstill cause ever one makes the same game. still thas no excuse for the crappy ai an the really bad driving.
Activision is to blame, or at least Robert Kotick. They did it with Tony Hawk, then Guitar Hero, and now COD. They're going to keep milking their main franchises and close everything else that isn't a cash cow to them. Forget about innovation and good games, it's all about money at Activision.
dont worry, they cannot keep it up forever, everything ends, even really crappy things.
Yeah. Once Activision loses COD, they will be done for.
17 years of games and they only show games from the last 5-ish years?
that's a real shame :/
I'm crying. :-(
boring, I made it 1 min in
yeah 28 too young. I bet you are 12
Too ignorant then, which is worse, I bet you started playing games with PS2/Xbox. You can't even write Pwned, which is a deformed meme for Owned, prick.
This is a sad day in gaming for me.I sunk in more hours into the PGR franchise then i have in any other racing game. The local and online multiplayer were super crazy fun and i am really disapointed that the studio behind such an excellent franchise will be gone for good. I hope the rumors of Microsoft making PGR5 is true and if so, i hope Microsoft takes on a lot of the Bizarre creation staff the way a lot of Bungie guys behind Halo are now with 343 industries. Anyway, i wish all of them the best.
If by a lot you mean 2 ex bungie employees then yes 343 industries is made up of a lot........come on 2 is not a lot. All the rest aren't connected to bungie, or so I am aware of at this time. OT: very sad day, loved Blur, and loved PGR, may there talent get found and used to their fullest.
2 senior notable bungie employees (Frank O'Connor cant remember name of the other) moved from Bungie to 343 industries. What you don't know is that a lot of junior staff also moved as well. The field chair at Oxford Brookes university for web development had a brother that was with Bungie for 5 years and moved to 343 industries 3 months ago. He also said that Microsoft has advertised 12 further positions at 343 industries and half of them are being filled by some Halo Wars guys (ex-ensemble) and Bungie guys. So to answer your question, its way more than 2. Anyway, i dont see why you should latch on to that part of my comment for a reply. This is about a good studio Bizarre creations closing down. Think further discussions should be kept on point.
Sweet, thanks for the new info, and by the way the other guys name is Nathan Wapole, he was ana animated I think.......and it was wrong to focus on that, but nothing needs to be said about this then what you said really. This studio has made some amazing, and some not so amazing games, but it definitely deserved better treatment, the game blur was phenomenal. Very sad to see them go. Again thanks for the update on 343, but I finish with a question. Are the ensemble guys the ex bungie guys? Or they mostly just ensemble vets, which would also be great haha
activision killed them
Those murdering basters...
Lets burn and plunder their establishment!
sad to see them go... nice video... but check out the 45-48 second mark.. James Bond gets that extra rub on that guy... haha good luck in finding work gentleman. come find me on Geometry Wars... I'll show you how I've taken one of your games and made it into a lifestyle.
Sad very sad I love PGR and Geometry Wars I hope someone else takes them on as they are amazing developers
All is not lost...these guys have had a few hit n misses like any developer outfit. However, I am sure the talent pool within Bizarre Creations will find a new home. Sony should sign these guys and set up an arcade centric racing studio. Sony could do with a racer that is real life car based, but not so simulated since we have the amazing GT5 already. Motorstorm is okay, but IMO has lost it's way since MS1. Seriously, i'm surprised Microsoft didn't buy Bizzare, was it not Bizarre who showcased the 360 with that spectacular PGR. Funny how Acti-shite canx True Crime based on quality issues, yet allowed the very poor Bond game to hit retail??? Hmmm, license to print money is our Bond franchise.
Yeh, Sony buying these guys would be great..I think when under MS they were rushed in many cases & did not deliver the products they were capable of. Like the PGR series went South when it arrived on 360, & Activision were even worse for these poor bastards.....I mean The Club was quite a good game that just needed more time, polish & more of a mission based story for single player, & then just a online multiplayer mode that offered a ton more variety than most other 1st & 3PS's. In the end it was just too shallow & needed the player movement speed amplified tenfold, along with slightly tighter controls. It also seemed Blur & Blood Stone just needed more time in the oven & play testing & such. Short story though, another great developer suffers due to big business, which killed there spirits by fucking up any creative control they needed to thrive, then when the inevitable happens & they are forced to rush shit out the door (they are probably not happy with the games themselves) just because a bunch of big business suit wearing arseholes decide so & so game needs to see release on so & so date. I was looking forward to Bizarre's effort on a Bond game, I finally thought they could be a developer capable of giving us the best Bond experience this side of the original Goldeneye.
Very sad. PGR was the reason I bought the first Xbox.
What a dick move by activision but they will probably go bankrupt eventually & get theirs when it's all said & done because karma is a bitch!
Bizarre Creations.... what can I say. Excellent company and the games they created were some of my favorites. The entire PGR series, and the geometry wars games.. What a shame to see the company go. Activision, you are making a huge mistake,
This is a sad day and if activision carry on going like this I cant see any studios signing up them anymore. I just hope Bungie dont end up going the same way. I hape the next COD game flops as its the same thing over and over again each year. If activision carrys on like this they will have not IPS left.
I wanted Sony to buy them. :(
When "The Club" came out I saw it for £25 in GAME. I thought I'd give it a chance and so glad I did. I played many hours on single player, then tried multi-player. I couldn't get enough on multi-player, I thought it was great, loved it. Its not a game for everyone, and has no real story, but to just pick up and play its great. Its a pity so many good game developers are closing down. Hope everything goes well for the employees and they get new jobs. Had many great hours playing The Club and Blur.
All of these Activision closures will more than likely be a blessing in disguise. I worked for Activision for over 3 years, and the deadlines and long, almost FORCED hours are brutal. These guys are given such a short amount of time to develop and bugtest a game, it's no wonder that the products ATVI shits out are crap. Hopefully these developers will be able to form their own independent studios, or get snagged up by a publisher/studio that will allow them the time they need to craft some truly quality games. I haven't purchased an Activision game in YEARS, and my game consoles appreciate it.
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