Bizarre Creations releases retrospective video as its doors close forever. Noooooo!

Metropolis Street Racer. F1 '97. Project Gotham Racing 4. Freakin' Geometry Wars. Do none of these names matter any more? Apparantly not, as today, Activision closes the doors of Bizarre Creations, breaking the hearts of thousands of gamers across the world. And, in case you avoided such pulmonary discomfort, the team has signed off with a farewell slow motion montage. With piano. Sniff.

The impact Bizarre Creations has had on the industry is not to be taken lightly and I'm sure you'll have fond memories of at least one Bizarre game. From a personal point of view, I was so impressed with Formula One '97 on PSone, I actually sold my Sega Saturn and 18 games to buy the game and a PlayStation to play it on. Anyone who knows my love of Sega will understand that that's a massive accolade. It may look a bit dodgy now, but consider how old it is, eh?

Later, I remember dashing through Bournemouth from the hotel from hell (well, it was at the time - it looks really nice now, dammit) to wait outside the local game shop for its 9am opening so I could pick up my copy of Metroplois Street Racer - the first racing game to recreate real life cities in ridiculous detail. The series became Project Gotham Racing and became one of Xbox 360's brightest shining lights. Here's the Dreamcast version doing its thing:

We're talking about the developer responsible for major chunks of our gaming lives, lost like a teardrop under the thrashing rain of the Activision stormcloud. Sure, recent times haven't been the best for the team. The Club came and went without much fanfare, Blur's troubled development tarnished its reputation before the final, excellent product finally emerged, and James Bond games just don't get people excited any more.

But Project Gotham Racing 4 remains one of the best racing games I have ever played and all that was needed was a little re-evaluation of the kind of games the team should be making. Instead, after a failed attempt to sell the studio, the answer was closure.

We're all shocked and hope the employees affected by the closure form a new team soon. One that gets picked up by a publisher that nurtures their creativity and gives them the chance to shine again. As for the farewell video, you can watch it right here:

Let us know what you think of it all in the comments.

18 Feb, 2011

Source: CVG


  • BALLSTOTHEWALLET - February 21, 2011 10:52 p.m.

    Yet another reason I will not be buying anymore Activision products, seriously Activision were the ones who orchestrated Bizzare Creations' downfall, it's like a they're a Death Star, and the Devs are the Planets. Apologies, my profile pic is somewhat inappropriate.
  • shyfonzie - February 21, 2011 8:11 p.m.

    What a BIZARRE turn of events!
  • soulreapermarco - February 19, 2011 4:34 p.m.

    Another day for Activision.
  • Crimmy - February 19, 2011 6:54 a.m.

    No more Boom Boom Rocket? *cries* ... ... *crickets* Jk, but in all seriousness, they were awesome. Activision, I hate you dumbfucks. Blur is an awesome game, but go online 3 months later, and ther's literalyy 300 people playing. Worldwide. Sad, really. I'm going to play some more soon. RIP Bizarre.
  • nomnom52 - February 19, 2011 6:52 a.m.

    Oh shi- If Activision is doing this to Bizarre... What's going to happen to Bungie?!
  • theintellectual - February 19, 2011 6:44 a.m.

    Activision will go down in a few years once COD burns out, that much is certain. sadly they will likely take half the industry with them by that time.
  • ElDudeorino - February 19, 2011 1:20 a.m.

    Strong men also cry.
  • ThatGuyFromTV - February 18, 2011 11:55 p.m.

    I hope these guys either make a new studio or join up with Criterion if it's possible. This kind of talent can't go wasted, and Criterion seems like it would be a fantastic match for them.
  • Manguy17 - February 18, 2011 11:21 p.m.

    sure hope more devs are hearing about this stuff, ill be shocked if anyone sells into activision now.
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - February 18, 2011 10:30 p.m.

    Dammit out of everything that Activision has done, this is what I feel the most strongly about. PGR was the first racing game I ever got, and I fell in love with it and the entire franchise. This is one of the reasons I won't buy another Call of Duty game, and will laugh when Activision finally crumbles to the ground. Really though, this was the ONE racing series I ever paid attention to, so it just feels like a part of my childhood died. The same goes for Raven. I loved Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast, and I know that Raven was so great back then. I wouldn't be surprised if *knock on wood* they close down someday. One more thing, I just wonder what's going to happen with Bungie, now that they have a contract with Activision. Sorry for going on like this, I just haven't been this depressed since they shut down Halo 2 on Xbox LIVE.
  • squat_and_rot - February 18, 2011 10:12 p.m.

    This is really a terrible loss for the gaming community. Not only because another studio closed, but one that yet again, Activision was a part of. I wouldn't be surprised to see Raven close down, due to the fact Singularity didn't sell shit. Not that it had anything to do with lack of advertising or anything...
  • QWERTYCommander - February 18, 2011 10:05 p.m.

    @nyef Neversoft is next. I just know it.
  • 510BrotherPanda - February 18, 2011 9:51 p.m.

    I've never played any of their games; I'm not a big racing fan. But 17 years... That's like killing Mozart before he could finish writing all his music... ;_;
  • TJP75 - February 18, 2011 9:19 p.m.

    I lave the same history with Bizarre as Justin - fell in love with Bizarre Creations games with Formaula One, was blown away by F1 '97 and then each successive game they made. PGR 2 and PGR4 are the two best ssim/arcade hybrid games ever created, while Blur is the most addictive mutiplayer racing game since PGR 2. Their work was always of a high standard, none of this 50 patches to get the game working BS we endure now and a technical know how nearly unmatched in videogames (see any number of Digital Foundry articles on Blur). Very sad day to see the studio close, I hope eveyone at Bizarre finds work.
  • Elrekka - February 18, 2011 9:07 p.m.

    It happens you guys. Studios close down. I mean, what is there to hate about Activision and their financial and artistic decisions? ...oh yeah, everything.
  • Xenos - February 18, 2011 9:01 p.m.

    Agree with both CoryRX8 and reveffect. If I could tell you how many hours of my life I spent playing MTR (now known as PGR) I'd probably have to spend the rest of this lifetime doing it. wasn't that long but I have spent many a day in amazement at how fun and detailed that game was. I remember racing in the cinematic mode and actually seeing the calipers squeeze on the rotors, or when it rained you could see vivid detail of not only your car but other cars on the track. Those games were a true labor of love and it showed. Such ashame to see a talented group close down, but hopefully the team will be able to show their talents elsewhere.
  • TerminX - February 18, 2011 8:46 p.m.

    I am now convinced Activision is doing everything in their power to kill the gaming industry.
  • 435 - February 18, 2011 8:14 p.m.

    Nulla e reale; tutto e lecito. Requiescat in pace. ._.
  • Spybreak8 - February 18, 2011 7:40 p.m.

    This one gamer got a lot of entertainment from the quality racing titles BC created but that same gamer is very sad right now.
  • kyle138 - February 18, 2011 7:18 p.m.

    Complete joke... seems that my favourite developers are getting canned every other weekend... how can we rely on only the major developers.. i reckon by 2014 we will see only the major developers.... its a sad day for all gamers... :(

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