Blur fades into 2010

Activision and Bizarre Creations' Mario Kart-meets-PGR racer bumped to next year due to online multiplayer concerns.

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Publishers have offered a slew of reasons for why their games have been bumped from the back half of 2009 to an indeterminate 2010. Today, Activision announced the most straightforward of those reasons, saying that Bizarre Creations would not be making its anticipated November 3 release date, as it simply isn't quite done yet. Instead, the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC editions of the game are now expected in 2010.

Imagine that: a blurry release date.

Specifically, Activision noted that the additional development time will be channeled into Blur's online multiplayer component. As noted in GameSpot's first look at the racer, Blur's multiplayer will allow up to 20 cars to compete online in the game's Mario Kart-meets-Project Gotham Racing-style driving. Online racers will be offered a variety of ways to customize their matches, and the game will also accommodate four-player local split-screen racing.

Blur is Bizarre Creations' first racer since being purchased by Activision in 2007. The game features more than 50 licensed cars, as well as a variety of real-world locales, such as Barcelona, Spain, and San Francisco, California.

For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Blur.

Discussion

84 comments
DennisMenace
DennisMenace

crap. thats another thing off of my christmas list

DEATH775
DEATH775

I hope this is going to be great game.

gnrlstuart
gnrlstuart

hmm, pgr 5 would have been better, blur seems like a step back if anything, looks more like a 1600msp game rather than a $60 one.

Sins-of-Mosin
Sins-of-Mosin

No surprise for this one. Already got some great racers this Fall and with Forza 3 coming out late October, there is no hope for any other racer.

cf_Kage
cf_Kage

Maybe its called Blur, due to the fact that it throws together quite a few concepts? I'll give it a go anyway, as I love arcade style racers. Simulation has its merits, but you do tend to get rather bored of simulation games a lot quicker than a good arcade varient. I don't mind the release date change though. For one thing, it gives them more time to fix any problems/add new things, and 2) it allows them better sales, since a lot of racing games are coming this year that may have hampered them gaining good ground

Qirexian
Qirexian

This game has unfortunately been stuck in the middle of too many wrong concepts. First of all, it has been described as "Mario Kart meets Racing Games", a characterization that has probably filled everyone's minds with thrown banana peels and turtle shells. Sure, the main concept is practically the same: you race and you can blast your opponents. Then, would any one of us really describe Wipeout as a "futuristic Mario Kart"...? The way I see it Bizarre has gone the right way with this. There's not much place there for pure racers today and even excellent racing games, both arcade and sims are bound to look pale in front of the "big boys" known as Forza and Gran Turismo. Their concept isn't original at all, but I know better than to think this is reason enough to condemn a game well before it comes out. And as far as the choice to postpone this, these are my thoughts: We live in an era that downloadable patches are available for consoles and gamers are more worried than ever that developers are likely to "lightheartedly" throw out unfinished games, just by knowing that they can fix them later.. This is definitely a move that shows the decency behind Bizarre.

great_rulo
great_rulo

I thought that idea was fun in Wipeout, but actual real cars with power-ups make it look like a pathetic attempt of "Half naked pretty women with big weapons!", i was expecting more blur, too.

chrisser665
chrisser665

Heh. I like the picture caption. I hate it, but I like it too.

Bufta
Bufta

Did no one tell Bizarre creations that car/gun games are rubbish, im thinking Full auto and twisted metal here.

DFen
DFen

heh who cares, what are we missing from this game anyway lol

q64silver
q64silver

good decision. just look at NFS Shift - it's unfinished thanks to EA politics

Kengonin
Kengonin

The developer said "Being first place is boring, I want to be in the middle of the pack all the way through the race" Yeah, cuz there is nothing better than leading the whole race, then at the final stretch someone shoots you in the ass, or nitroes past you. Seriously Mario Kart meeting anything sounds like a bad idea to me. Nothing against Mario Kart, but let's leave it at Mario Kart. Also this whole concept of a racing game with powerups, this is nothing new or original, it's done a couple of times every year. It just makes Blur look more generic, and unoriginal, hell the game looks just plain boring to me.

datniccah187
datniccah187

I was kind of lookings forward to Blur, but then again who am i really kidding. Once i get my hands on forza 3 i'm going to be all set on racing games lol

duffmanth
duffmanth

Another $20 bargain bin game.

gandalf_storm
gandalf_storm

i dont think anyone really cares to be honest, we have enough amazing racing games this year, forza 3 and hopefully GT 5 (if it comes out this year) to name a few. (lol @ duff)

gnrlstuart
gnrlstuart

and the fact it has been completely unadvertised, so much that nobody exept hardcore racing fans know, or even care, im looking forward to this, but its no wonder the game is being overshadowed by forza 3 and nfs shift.

StSk8ter29
StSk8ter29

I like the artistic style with all the neon lights, the only problem is I can see the concept becoming extremely annoying online. In my opinion they are going to have to add more variants in their environments and not be afraid to get a little crazy. Think Crusin' Exotica style tracks. Otherwise I think the powerup concept wont sustain the game on its own.

Deftone21
Deftone21

Why don't we give this Blur racing game a shot and stop creating shattering prophecies about how the gameplay, graphics and whatnot is going to suck because of..well, Kotick ? Damn..IT IS going to suck.

beel-kun
beel-kun

I have no Hopes on this one. Rubbish!!!

bigcrusha
bigcrusha

I wont lie, this game looks outrageously awesome, looks very promising!

19Gam3NErD91
19Gam3NErD91

the graphics didn't look good enough so they better fix that too if they ever fix anything

UnreaLuigi
UnreaLuigi

nothin real interestin about this game anywayz

jgartland
jgartland

Because its Bizarre Creations I have confidence in this game. Looking at the competition, its probably a good idea that they chose to do a fun mario kart esque racing game as all the other racing games at the moment are catering to the realistic/simulation genre (forza, shift, GT5), this could very well fit nicely into that gap in the market and the gap in my games collection!

zzzonked
zzzonked

Looks pretty slick and also reminds me of Fatal Racing!

lilan
lilan

exactly too many games so little time to play them...

ALTAIR360
ALTAIR360

ofcourse its delayed because of forza 3, nfs shift and all the other racing games coming out lately

sj_nehama
sj_nehama

Now all these games bumped to 2010 will go to 2011 as 2010 is already crowded with loads of heavyweights...thats why this hasnt got a date

amkalfus
amkalfus

hope this game is sick and doesn't become lost in the many many games of early 2010... what, like people are gonna have a bunch of money to blow after the holiday season??? stupid game companies...

jimy1475
jimy1475

hope it wont be a fail when people will hawe to wait long

Bufta
Bufta

Activision game Blur, has been put out out of the way to let Cod mw2 shine in all its overpriced glory. Which i still wont buy, if they want to rip off the consumer theyll have to find some other chump to do it to.

Tunza
Tunza

Damn ! 2010 ? I hope this delayed will make the game better in both single and multi player. And some how. is it just me or anyone else ? I kind of like them to make more "Power Up" item. 5 is kind of too less ? may be 8 will better ?

oneofthefall
oneofthefall

I coudnt care less about multiplayer, as long as the single player is good and long and theres a cockpit view, lots of explosions, nice graphics.. id be happy to buy this. everything sounds good heres hoping for early two10 release!

Atari_7200
Atari_7200

What is this "racing genre" you speak of? Is it like Halo 3!?

sonictank
sonictank

thats not such a bad thing multiplayer is a big concern to those who like achivements or what not

Darkon_X
Darkon_X

Meh not too excited about blur, it could've come out yesterday and I wouldn't have cared. Come back when they make something more like PGR, not "Mario Kart meets CoD".

shadoxnova
shadoxnova

Dang. Well the good thing is that is one thing no longer on the list to realse in November...

lostro98
lostro98

here is my race playing Chronology ps2- GT series 1-4 - 1998-mid2005 xbox- Rallisport Challenge 2 - 2004, Forza Motorsport 1 - 2005 xbox360- Forza 1, PGR3 - 2005, Test Drive Unlimited - 2006, Forza 2- 2007, Dirt 1 - 2007, Midnight Club LA- 2008, Racepro 2009 also i would even consider GTA4 racing lol next Forza 3 will be on the list :)

NuKkU
NuKkU

smart move considering stiff competation with Forza and new NFS and even Dirt

enragedrenegade
enragedrenegade

At least they're trying to improve the online features before they release it so that it doesn't cause a crisis when people start playing online

WTFitsPauL
WTFitsPauL

Quote:Activision and Bizarre Creations' Mario Kart-meets-PGR PGR? uhh.. Parental Guidance Relied? LOL :P

D3A7HJ0K3R
D3A7HJ0K3R

probably did it since Modern Warfare 2 is coming out the same month. MW2 got the rest of the year on LOCKDOWN. Nothing will be able to even compete with it.

D3A7HJ0K3R
D3A7HJ0K3R

Game doesn't look all too great, but I can't play any game anyways. (football practice till 6:00 frickin suks!!!!)

robfield
robfield

Blur needed this. There is no way GT5 and the other racing games would make way for a new IP

Zloth2
Zloth2

Yeah - and due to concerns that not enough of you will have the money to buy it.

red-ray
red-ray

disappointed, sounds like I have to stick to Burn out for now

DarkNeoBahamut
DarkNeoBahamut

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