Bizarre Creations is in trouble. And so much so that it may soon be no more.
The studio is currently said to be going through a “90-day consultation, statutory redundancy” that may either end with the axing of approx. 200 staff or the sale of the studio.
After rumors broke yesterday, Activision’s provided an official comment, saying “the fundamentals of the racing genre have changed significantly” since it bought the UK developer in 2007.
The statement continues: “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.”
Bizarre’s latest release is this month’s James Bond 007: Blood Stone.
Activision also confirmed that it’s closing music game developer Budcat Creations and making cuts at its Q&A team in California. “Approximately 88 positions, or approximately 1% of our global workforce, will be impacted by these reductions,” Activision says of the move. “We are working to redirect those employees that are impacted to other parts of the company where possible, as well as offering them outplacement counseling services.”
“Budcat has been a great partner to Activision and has created a lasting impact on the Guitar Hero franchise.”