While it may be tempting to think developing games is possibly one of the best jobs in the world it is worthwhile to remember that virtually all development houses are one bad game away from shutting down.
And even more worrisome is that most of these places are completely at the whim of the gamers and even if they create a solid exciting game like Blur they could still go bankrupt.
Blur was released a couple of months back to generally good reviews (Nick gave it a 8.9) and while it wasn’t a GT5 or Burnout Paradise City it was still a bucket load of fun and well worth adding to your collection.
Unfortunately for Bizarre (the developers) though it wasn’t a retail smash hit and thanks to the title having to be delayed for massive bug fixing the end result at retail doesn’t appear to have been enough to stave of bankruptcy.
Activision have just released a statement saying
â€œOver 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.â€
And according to Neogaf all 200 staff members have been given notice of redundancy which is UK talk for â€œYou’re goneâ€â€¦
It’s a sad end to a thrilling story and hopefully someone will see a benefit in buying out Bizarre and creating a Blur styled FPS with zombiesâ€¦ it’s a guaranteed smash hit.
Last Updated: November 17, 2010