According to Develop, the UK-based developer Bizarre Creations is facing closure after its racing IP Blur failed to achieve commercial success.
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?
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.
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.
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 .
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.
Bobby payment out of the sell off = X millions...sound right?
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.
What if Sony brought them?
I think you need to put the controller down and maybe hit the books. If sony brought them, where would they go?
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.
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.
SONY DO IT
I thought Blood Stone was a great game, one of the best Bond games since Goldeneye on the Nintendo64. Just another reason to hate how Activision runs their show. Best of luck to those 200 staff.
Sony does not buy studios, they entice developers to work for them for free ;)
I thought the headline said blizzard and I almost shit a chicken
Microsoft should definitely buy them since they made PGR.
PGR doesn't generate enough sales for MS and that's why they didn't buy them back when they went multi
i would get ea would want another developer for it's nfs franchise. but then again, ubisoft doesn't seem to release much racing games, so i would bet on them buying bizarre just to create a racing franchise for them. i think given a proper marketing, their games could sell decently.
MS talks sh*t about having more first party games- well here is a chance to snatch up a team - last few games have not been great, but they have been ok and anything MS can add to have exclusives would help
Jesus, I certainly hope not, I love Bizarre for Geometry Wars alone.
Made the F1 and F1 97 for the PS one.. they were brilliant games! They also still own the Metropolis Street Racer name i think, so they could use that i suppose if they cant use the PGR name. Fur fighters was also class! :D
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