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Ex-Bizarre Creations staffers form new UK studio, Lucid Games

Activision may have killed the Bizarre Creations name when it snuffed out the 17-year old studio last Friday, but ex-studio staffers are looking to carry on the legend with the launch of a brand new UK studio, Lucid Games.

Founded by former Bizarre head manager Pete Wallace, the new studio will carry on in the spirit of Bizarre, as well as provide a new home for some of its 200 former employees who are facing unemployment or a relocation overseas.

“People were aware there were going to be cuts. But the closure of the studio just wasn’t expected at all. Most people didn’t want to move away from the area, even though they’re well-placed to go and work in Seattle or Canada,” explained Wallace.

Speaking to the studio's creative ambitions, Lucid's commercial director Andy Davidson said, “We want to get back to the levels of innovation and creativity at Bizarre that made Activision so keen to acquire it.”

The Lucid team is still securing funds for expansion, with plans to hire up to 50 former Bizarre employees as its initial staff. You can wish them good luck in person at next week's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Just don't mention Activision - it's kind of a sore point.

[Source: Liverpool Daily Post via Edge Magazine]

Feb 25, 2011

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17 comments

  • TheJakeG92 - February 28, 2011 7:48 p.m.

    This is great news! First game these guys put out will be a day-one purchase for me as a sign of support! :)
  • Crimmy - February 27, 2011 6:21 a.m.

    @Querty: There's a company called Neversoft? (jk, but you're probably right) This really is great news, and I wish the best.
  • QWERTYCommander - February 26, 2011 10:10 p.m.

    For some reason, I can't shake the feeling that Neversoft is next on Activision's chopping block... Anyway, good luck to Lucid Games.
  • ThatGuyFromTV - February 26, 2011 7:04 a.m.

    The new name sounds really trippy. I like it.
  • SpikroddNG - February 26, 2011 2:23 a.m.

    This happened really fast haha. Also, is it me, or does it seem like Activision is just buying up smaller companies and killing them off? I see that a lot.
  • reveffect - February 26, 2011 1:54 a.m.

    HELL FUCKING YEAH. This is very good news indeed. Perked me right up when I saw it.
  • garnsr - February 25, 2011 9:21 p.m.

    Would it be possible for them to use a name like Bizzaro Creations, or something? If they can't legally use the name of a company that was dissolved (if it doesn't exist anymore, I don't know why they shouldn't be able to use it again,) why can't they do something similar?
  • Fuzunga - February 25, 2011 9:04 p.m.

    I honestly hope people weren't surprised by this. Anyway, I kind of hope they team up with EA just to stick it to Activision. Although I'd really like them to team up with T2. I love those guys.
  • JugglerofGeese - February 25, 2011 8:46 p.m.

    That is really great news.
  • GamesRadarChrisAntista - February 25, 2011 8:30 p.m.

    This is the best news I've seen all day!
  • tacehtselrahc - February 25, 2011 8:06 p.m.

    Good news, at least the UK games industry won't be losing some talented people.
  • alphaman - February 25, 2011 7:55 p.m.

    StrayGator, I assume by the larger quote in the above article that he meant they could get good jobs in places such as Seattle (Microsoft, Valve, plenty of others) or Canada, but many would rather not have to relocate.
  • AlmightyFuzz - February 25, 2011 7:55 p.m.

    This is really good news. The only question now is whether they'll go independent, or go with THQ or EA. Best of luck to them in all they plan to do.
  • FoxdenRacing - February 25, 2011 7:53 p.m.

    They have a placeholder site up already: Lucidgames.co.uk I plan on sending them a supportive e-mail as soon as I get a free minute.
  • cronoman66 - February 25, 2011 7:52 p.m.

    this is really good news, I was hoping they would regroup somewhere else and not splinter off to several companies
  • Razzamoly - February 25, 2011 7:44 p.m.

    This is great news!
  • StrayGator - February 25, 2011 7:43 p.m.

    So the ex-workers of a liverpool studio are " well-placed to go and work in Seattle or Canada". What did I miss here?

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