Bizarre Blur-ing 360, PS3, PC this fall

Project Gotham dev's newest action-oriented racer officially unveiled, will integrate social networking features with exotic locales in the US and Europe.

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Activision's post-earnings conference calls are always worth a listen. Aside from giving updates on just how the publisher continues to rake in gobs of cash--$981 million during the first three months of the year--the company's executives have no qualms about informally announcing upcoming games to enthuse shareholders and investors alike on the company's growth potential.

Sorry, this screenshot is a little blurry.

One such tease came earlier this month, when Activision Publishing president Mike Griffith dropped the first official mention of Bizarre Creations' newest racer, Blur. Today, Activision officially announced the driving game, saying Blur will cruise to the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC this fall.

Described by Griffith as the title that will "do for racing what Call of Duty did for shooters," Blur is as much a combat game as it is a racer. Elevating the term battling for position, Blur tasks gamers with taking both an offensive and defensive stance in getting to the finish line, with cars swapping paint and energy bursts to impede their opponents. The game incorporates "photo realistic" cars, as well as tracks from real-world locations, such as US destinations Los Angeles and San Francisco, as well as Hackney, UK, and Barcelona, Spain.

Activision promises a unique single-player experience with Blur, one that will be driven by a community-based social network. As described by the publisher, the network "evolves dynamically as players compete in different races, make new friends, rivals and fans, and connect with other racers both in-game and in real life." The community component also extends to Blur's online component, which accommodates up to 20 racers in one race as well as four-player split-screen local action.

Bizarre is best known for its Microsoft-platform-exclusive racing franchise Project Gotham Racing as well as the top-down shooter Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved. Activision purchased Bizarre shortly before the studio shipped Project Gotham Racing 4 in 2007.

Activision plans to show Blur for the first time during the 2009 Electronic Entertainment Expo, which runs June 1-4.

Discussion

50 comments
Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

"this screenshot is a little blurry" hahaha :D funny, can't wait..

dth_dlr
dth_dlr

i'm a big fan of the racing genre so have high hopes for this. we need some gameplay footage of this to be shown.

hhap52
hhap52

looks interesting...

AKADreyadigg
AKADreyadigg

hmmm... this game might be good- wish there was more info on it tho... the whole community thing is cool tho- i like how it creates rivals and friends thing

Jettero-Heller
Jettero-Heller

"single-player experience community-based social network." I don't get what they mean by this. Am I going to have to endure some kind of retarded Fakebook/Twitheader social bullcrap in order to play thus thing. If so GTFO Bizarre/Avtivision you will NOT get my money.

hamedinho
hamedinho

CoD4 was was one of the best shooters, thats why he qouted it

TexasAnMGrad2K
TexasAnMGrad2K

I'm sorry...but this game looks just plain retarded.

makchady
makchady

im sorry, somebody please tell me what call of duty did for shooters that no other shooter has done before? because last time i checked, call of duty was yet another run of the mill first person shooter that implemented no authentic or original components besides a leveling system that includes perks online, but even that addition isn't in the least bit groundbreaking. im not stating that call of duty isn't a quality game/series. call of duty is a phenomenal series, but the fact of the matter is, call of duty did not revolutionize or reinvent first person shooters in any way shape or form. the original halo, yes, call of duty, no.

q64silver
q64silver

Blur is as much a combat game as it is a racer. Activision promises a unique single-player experience with Blur ================ EA, how's about NFS as much a combat game as it is a racer? Pass...

ultralesus
ultralesus

I'd rather a Project Gothem Racing 5 for PS3. If there is licence issues with the name and MS, I'll settle for Motropolis Street Racer.

Glokwerk
Glokwerk

Why doesn't someone resurrect the Twisted Metal games, they could make an awesome online racer/shooter game.

maverick_76
maverick_76

This potentially could be a good game, I will wait and see.

shani_boy101
shani_boy101

sounds like a Burnout ripoff to me, it just on tracks. Burnout are the kings of fun, aggression (or 'battling') based driving, theres no way i'm buying this.

LightR
LightR

Aslong as it introduces something new I'll at least rent it.

MaxPower15
MaxPower15

I'm hoping for a wreckless type game as opposed to twisted metal. Bizarre has too much talent with the stunt driving gameplay to resort to weapons.

Roger_Smith
Roger_Smith

Don't worry twztid13, there's more than enough people interested in this game to fill your gap. If this reminds me even slightly of Twisted Metal: Bought.

webdoom
webdoom

sounds pretty good! cant wait

twztid13
twztid13

car COMBAT!? that seals that deal & ensures BC has lost me as a die hard PGR fan. :(

superdance14
superdance14

Thank you for not neglecting split-screen like so many other developers do.

chappy_man
chappy_man

make it cross platform online and you got me :P

Zombie07
Zombie07

alexlmx, same here i was hoping for PGR 5, oh well this seems like it could be fun.

athenian29
athenian29

Kewl, something else to look forward too. Can't wait!

enix165
enix165

@alexLmx6:Oh, wow, I never saw that paragraph(but now another question...what the heck's swapping car paint going to do to help you out in a race?!)...thanks for the help, now I won't be blowing $50 or $60 on this...XD

alexLmx6
alexLmx6

@enix165 - doesnt sound like our type of game.. im not a fan of car combat gah i was hoping for another pgr game

X-Playkid
X-Playkid

I had no idea they were doing this well.

enix165
enix165

So...is this some sort of MMO racer or something? If it is and it's like Gran Turismo/Forza, I'll be looking at this. =)

guynamedyeah
guynamedyeah

hmm, as long as its complicated in a simple way where theres a lot that can be pushed. aka super smash-esque strategy. come on you know what that is.

gnrlstuart
gnrlstuart

hackney? id be more cautious of the pedestrians than the other racers lol.

Gifted_One
Gifted_One

It's not like Activision is having Blizzard work on Modern Warfare 2.. cmon now... use ur head silly

Gifted_One
Gifted_One

btw... its the activision side that is developing. Just because its called Activision Blizzard doesnt mean that they both work on the same projects. They are just able to use resources jointly.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

I'm not really into the whole racing and destroying each other type of game. I didn't really care for Full Auto that much, but Blizzard is a really good developer, so I guess we'll have to wait and see how this comes out.

Gifted_One
Gifted_One

Sounds exciting... I hope in terms of gameplay that it is a cross between the old destruction derby on the 64 and maybe a little Twisted Metal Action... Hopefully its bigger... and way more bad ass... We love you Activision Blizzard...

blazey09
blazey09

Call of duky didnt do sh**** for shooters only thing that did is attract of bunch of noobs so we wouldnt have to deal with them in real shooters

2bitSmOkEy
2bitSmOkEy

"do for racing what Call of Duty did for shooters,"......so that means it will stagnate the f**** out of the genre. And I believe it to boot, its activision after all.

Darkon_X
Darkon_X

Race battling? Nah.. I'll skip on this one. I wanted something more like PGR... not burnout.

HardcoreBunni
HardcoreBunni

Sounds kinda like Destruction Derby, one of my favourite games of all time. Since I doubt there'll be a sequel to that game, this game will have to suffice to quench my destruction lust xD

Ice_man_1985
Ice_man_1985

so much game that i don't know where to start.

nate_c-12
nate_c-12

I just hope it's not an over the top cheeze fest. I still hope they're working on PGR5.

CyberAltair5
CyberAltair5

I love these games. I suck at races so the shooting no matter how cheap allows me to win at times.

Vexx88
Vexx88

No PGR 6 :(....then again its nice to see them make something new. Still driving oriented so its all good ^^.

Pepper_Brooks
Pepper_Brooks

Sounds like destruction derby for the next generation, which can only be a good thing... I hope.

DarkNeoBahamut
DarkNeoBahamut

a racing game? so long since the last one was released :shock:

ThAdEa82
ThAdEa82

cod of racing huh? "as much a combat game as it is a racer"? hmm. Deathrace anyone? Nice they have different locales in both US and Europe

great_rulo
great_rulo

I just want to know if it's going to have another Geo Wars, hehe