Bizarre veterans form Lucid Games

While Bizarre Creations is sadly gone, things are looking up for several former members, who've formed a new studio named Lucid Games.

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Barely a week after Bizarre Creations shut its doors for good, green sprouts of life have begun to spring from the remains of the Project Gotham Racing and Geometry Wars developer.

New studio Lucid Games formally announced its existence today, featuring former Bizarre employees including development manager Pete Wallace, senior producer Peter O'Brien and an unnamed lead technical programmer. The company was founded by 'media entrepreneur' Professor Paul Morrissey.

"With the great history of Bizarre behind us, we are proud to be part of Lucid and are committed to the UK game development community," Wallace said in the announcement, in his new role as Lucid managing director. Like Bizarre, Lucid is setting up shop around the English city of Liverpool.

Lucid Games "is currently talking to several publishers regarding potential projects," according to the announcement, "and beginning the process of building a world class team of artists, designers and programmers to build innovative products." There's certainly a number of talented people out of games jobs in the Liverpool area right now. If you fancy applying, pop on over to the official Lucid site for details.

Bizarre's owner, Activision, revealed in November that, after disappointing sale of action-racer Blur, it was "exploring [its] options regarding the future of the studio, including a potential sale of the business." Unfortunately, no buyer could be found and the studio closed down last Friday.

From The Chatty

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    February 25, 2011 6:30 AM

    Comment on Bizarre veterans form Lucid Games, by Alice O'Connor.

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      February 25, 2011 6:34 AM

      Summary: Bizarre are gone. That's bad! Several Bizarre people have formed a new studio. That's good!

      There you go, lazybones.

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        February 25, 2011 6:37 AM

        sup alice

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        February 25, 2011 6:38 AM

        Nice, summaries guys.

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        February 25, 2011 6:38 AM

        Yay! :D

        Blur was so awesome

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        February 25, 2011 6:39 AM

        They probably won't be working on PGR5. That's bad! But they'll probably be working on some other racing game. That's good!

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        February 25, 2011 6:39 AM

        I think your summaries may be the best thing on the new shack

        "TL SEMICOLON DR BY ALICE"

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        February 25, 2011 6:40 AM

        I liked the headline better when I thought Bizarre was just an adjective, not a defunct company

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          February 25, 2011 6:41 AM

          what if Lucid was just an adjective too. spoooky

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        February 25, 2011 7:01 AM

        Thanks! This is good news, I wish them every success now they've risen from the ashes already.

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        February 25, 2011 7:21 AM

        I visited the Bizarre team like 10+ years ago. They were a great group. It was sad to hear about the closure. Glad they aren't completely gone.

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        February 25, 2011 7:26 AM

        I got that from the well-written headline!

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        February 25, 2011 8:04 AM

        I had to click the comment to see your second line. Not convenient enough!

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          February 25, 2011 8:06 AM

          sounds like we got a flat-moder, boys

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        February 25, 2011 8:12 AM

        short, sweet & to the point. i like!

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        February 25, 2011 9:33 AM

        i am pretty lazy so i appreciate this!!

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        February 25, 2011 9:37 AM

        Does it come with free Frogurt?

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      February 25, 2011 6:38 AM

      Woop! Good news - maybe they can get MS to hire them for another PGR game.

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        February 25, 2011 6:42 AM

        that would be so awesome. is PGR MS's property or was it Bizzares?

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          February 25, 2011 6:56 AM

          It is owned by MS which is one of the reasons Activision buying Bizarre never made any sense.

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          February 25, 2011 6:57 AM

          MS -- they were looking for a studio to "revive" it at one point.

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            February 25, 2011 8:11 AM

            There were always rumors that Turn 10 was working on PGR5, but I think they were just lies :(

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      February 25, 2011 7:05 AM

      No love for the Bond game? That was their last game.

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        February 25, 2011 7:48 AM

        It was alright. Pretty shallow gameplay though.

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          February 25, 2011 8:12 AM

          it was really weird how it got not marketing (well i didnt see any)

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      February 25, 2011 9:08 AM

      Is Stephen Cakebread there? He's the guy that created the Geometry Wars series, so I'm very interested in seeing what he does next.

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      February 25, 2011 9:10 AM

      I wonder if they maintained ownership of their IP. want GW3