Bizarre Creations, developers of the well-received Blur and the not-so-well-received 007: Blood Stone, have shut shop today. Messages sent between several games industry figures over Twitter suggest that Activision’s closed down the studio, laying off all 200 of its employees.
“Sad Day for games developers. Really glad I didn’t sell my company to Activision,” wrote Traveler’s Tale director Jon Burton on his Twitter account.
While Activision’s yet to officially confirm the shutdown, it’s pretty much a fact. Bizarre Creations have been established since 1994 and are most highly known for their work on the Geometry Wars and Project Gotham Racing franchises. Activision purchased the studio in 2007; they released three titles under their name.
We hope those fired in the studio closure find work elsewhere. It’s never good for one to lose their job.