Bizarre Creations on the Verge of Closing

By Steve Watts, Jan 19, 2011 8:00am PST After searching for a buyer, Activision has issued a recommendation for closure to Bizarre Creations, which the studio reportedly plans to accept. Develop reports that Activision has been searching for a buyer since November, but was unable to find one.

"I want to be clear, our first choice was to try and keep this group together and find a buyer for the studio," said Coddy Johnson, Activision Worldwide Studios' chief operating officer. "This decision comes after a few months of exhausted examination and a number of different options across the board." Johnson says the company is offering displaced employees "counseling, external placement services and external career fairs."

The studio was offered for sale in November after disappointing sales of Blur. At the time, an anonymous source claimed that multiple companies were interested in purchasing Bizarre. Johnson now says that they've "explored a lot of leads," but has "not been able to find any interested parties."

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  • Cheaper to pay a bunch of ex-Bizarre employees than to buy the company itself. No surprise, there. As soon as Activision stated they were going to close it, it was going to close. Other companies'll just wait it out and poach the talent without having to deal with the backlog of issues in the company itself.

    Next thing you'll know, we'll hear word how a bunch of ex-Bizarre employees are forming their own developer and how they're working on a racer. If they had a sense of humor, they'd call themselves, "Absolutely Normal, Inc." Because that'd just be bizarre.

  • Blur was an amazingly underrated game, some of the most fun I've had in online game. I got friends who weren't even into racing games hooked on this game big time!

    While sales weren't great I wish companies weren't so blind to the fact that the game itself was great and that if they had put more effort into marketing and timing of release it could've done much better.

    Bizarre Creations made some great racing games in their time it would be a utter shame and a huge loss to the gaming community if they are disbanded.

    Its so sad I'll never see a Blur 2 it would've been great.