Bizarre Creations vets form Lucid

Developers bounce back from Project Gotham, Blur studio's closure with upstart operation in northwest England, stated mission to create "for fun, quality, and simplicity."

Earlier this month, Activision shuttered its Liverpudlian development studio Bizarre Creations. While the racing specialist shop behind games like Project Gotham Racing and Blur only recently ran out of gas, some of its former employees are already climbing back behind the wheel.

James Bond 007: Blood Stone was Bizarre's final project.

Lucid Games today announced its arrival to the world, describing itself as "a phoenix group" rising from the closure of Bizarre Creations, with a stated mission "to create for fun, quality, and simplicity." Currently, the studio is looking to hire artists, programmers, and designers, with an aim to eventually grow to more than 50 employees. Lucid also said that it is talking to a number of publishers about potential projects.

In 2007, Bizarre Creations was bought by Activision, for whom it developed last year's Blur and James Bond 007: Blood Stone. Neither title was a breakout hit, so as part of a round of cost cutting late last year, Activision made the decision to close the studio--which, at its peak, employed around 200 people.

For more on Lucid, check out the studio's official site. The company has set up an e-mail address for prospective employees and is taking meetings for next week's Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

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43 comments
Jamessuperfun
Jamessuperfun

F.ck you Activision! I love Blur, and some of thier other games RULE! I'm still sore at this so much that when looking for a game to buy seeing Activision mentioned makes me want to put it down, no matter how good it looks.

 

That was a stupid decision.

MuffintopX
MuffintopX

Activision can't kill off their developers no matter how hard they try.

steelmouth
steelmouth

I think PGR5 will be their 1st game, you know just to hit the ground running and get things moving, a new IP as much as it will be great will be a tiny little bit risky unless of cause they get some big publisher backing (ms please think about it this could a chance to invest in a new AAA IP)

zulwalks
zulwalks

Activision are just a bunch of idiots.......as long as its not COD it will never advertise properly.............I didn't even know blur and bloodstone was even released........

pudgexd
pudgexd

Dont let Activision buy you guys again.

NoDzombie
NoDzombie

good to know they landed on their feet, lets hope they make yet another great game and give activision a real slap in the face

Novemberfreeze
Novemberfreeze

Thats what I'm talking about! Come back even stronger and make Activision regret that decision to close you!

Pawfalcon
Pawfalcon

Good to know Bizarre isn't completely out

XxchloroformxX
XxchloroformxX

i hate activision, what they think they will run all the way with call of duty, they wont survive with this franchise. Blood Stone is the best bond game till date. go lucid go best of luck

Zloth2
Zloth2

Fun: always good Quality: always good Simplicity: ugh - more games for people who only have an hour a week to play games

mcmesk99
mcmesk99

I liked Blood stone it was fun.

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

Glad they've done this. Bizarre made great games. Looking forward to hearing more from Lucid.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

I understand how having a good relationship with a publisher is critical in order to bring those sales in and the cash injection with which they provide, however im sure these guys have learned an awful lot from their previous experience. Good luck guys!

vasgko2
vasgko2

i didn't like blur but i liked blood stone. they did a solid job on graphics and it is good to have them back. The fact is though that without the support from a major publisher it will be very difficult to keep up in a high level.

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

Good to see these guys back on their feet, and best of luck to them.

hahamanin
hahamanin

somebody should buy activision n close it down......my dream

Angel_Belial
Angel_Belial

All the best to Lucid - I hope this new company works out better for them than the last. Hopefully we'll see some more racing games from them.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

Good luck to Lucid, and don't ever use Activision as a publisher again. I don't know why Blur didn't as well, (maybe the beta ran a little too long, even after launch) but a spiritual successor without Hack-tivision might make some money, especially if it's an XBL or PSN game.

Master_Turismo
Master_Turismo

This is awesome news. I'm glad these guys are still got some fight in them. Bring Project Gotham Racing 5 guys!

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

That's great and they shouldn't let anyone buy them especially the devil of the game industry aka Activi$i$on. I hope their first game is Blur 2 or PGR 5.

IdolConverge
IdolConverge

I really kinda wished that Microsoft would've made the smart move of buying Bizarre for a PGR 5, but it's just another wasted opportunity.

digi-demon
digi-demon

MSR & PGR series was/is awesome. Try to stay alive this time guys - avoid EA, Activision and MS if you value your soul :lol:

NeonNinja
NeonNinja

Heheheh. I can't believe they called themselves Lucid. I know I can't be the only person thinking of Peter Moore. :lol:

seanssss
seanssss

Activision = Butthole farts

EPaul
EPaul

good news, no dont let activision buy u this time

Dmg051793
Dmg051793

Good luck Lucid, former BC! Make some more killer racing games! And more FPSs and games like Geo Wars would be lovely too C:

Darthrocker
Darthrocker

for the love of god... make a fur fighters 2

Hillsy_
Hillsy_

Really pleased about this, good for you guys. Blur 2 wouldn't make sense seeing as most people didn't even buy the first one let alone will pay for a new one. I'll say go with something comfortable for now, keep the finances in the black. Then decide what to do thereafter. Some actual good news for a change.

vadicta
vadicta

Great news. Hope they make another amazing racer.

kerrman
kerrman

*fingers crossed* Blur 2.. Blur 2... Blur 2...

gshell
gshell

blur was a great game and better than split/second....but i couldn't enjoy online beyond 10 players because of my wifi

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

It would be ironic if Activision bought their studio.

doomsoth
doomsoth

Activision doesn't deserve creative developers.

Apastron
Apastron

This is good news for the British gaming industry, and in a way good news for the development studio. No longer can they be suffocated by the perfunctory management of Activision that gives one of the market-leading racing game developers an unwanted film spin-off and an ill-received marketing campaign.

LondonGamer986
LondonGamer986

As soon as I saw 1 update in the top right corner, I knew it had something to do with Bizarre. Great News!!

mrzero1982pt2
mrzero1982pt2

maybe this time they wont sell out to actihell like they did last time. let this be a warning, take 2!

pokecharm
pokecharm

glad they're not taking this sitting down - nice to see a feel-good like story in this industry.

KillerJuan77
KillerJuan77

YAY! Also, I want an HD remake of Fur Fighters right now!

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Nice! I kind of figured Activision cutting them loose was the best thing for them.