Black Rock studios is closing down

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Another week, another announcement that a talented studio is shutting its doors. The casualty this time? Black Rock studios, the team behind the excellent 2010 racing game, Split/Second.

If you didn’t get a chance to play Split/Second last year, then you missed out on a great racing game. Mixing high speed thrills with baysplosions and a reality TV theme, gamers would race amidst tricky obstacles and well designed tracks.

The studio, which is based in Brighton in the UK, had already cancelled a potential sequel to the racer, as well as laying off staff in May, but this hasn’t been enough to save the developer from demise. Black Rock studios owner, Disney Interactive, later gave this press release;

Disney Interactive Studios confirms that Black Rock Studios’ current project has not been greenlit for further development, consequently the company informed employees yesterday of the intent to enter consultation process on the proposal to close the studios," says the statement.

All is not lost however, as former employees have already formed two new development studios, Roundcube Entertainment, which will have Split/Second Director Nick Baynes in charge, and ShortRound Games.

Source: 1up.com, Eurogamer.net

 

Last Updated: July 4, 2011

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