Rumor: Bizarre Creations Closes Down

Our friends over at VG247 are reporting that they have been told by multiple sources that racing game developer Bizarre Creations has been shut down, resulting in the loss of 200 staff.

Bizarre is the team behind Blur, Activision’s competition based racer, as well as games like Project Gotham Racing and The Club. The also developed the recently released James Bond title, 007 Blood Stone.

Details are a little scarce at the moment, but as soon as we get more, we’ll get it to you immediately.

UPDATE: GiantBomb has just posted a quote to their website, saying “Bizzarre Creations will be going through a ’90-day consultation period, statutory redundancy.’”

It appears a press release may be forthcoming. If so, we’ll post it here.

UPDATE 2: From the good folks over at Evil Avatar, this is the statement they received from Activision:

Over the past three years since our purchase of Bizarre Creations, the fundamentals of the racing genre have changed significantly. Although we made a substantial investment in creating a new IP, Blur, it did not find a commercial audience. Bizarre is a very talented team of developers, however, because of the broader economic factors impacting the market, we are exploring our options regarding the future of the studio, including a potential sale of the business.

Sounds like this is nearly confirmed. Hopefully someone can swoop in at the last minute and buy the company, saving those jobs and a damn fine developer. Hey, it worked for us!

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