Split/Second devs open new shop - Report

Four former Black Rock staffers open new Brighton micro-studio; iPad, Vita development to be a focus.

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Last month, Disney Interactive Media Group cut as many as 100 staffers from Brighton, UK-based Black Rock Studios, the team that developed the well-received racing game Split/Second. Now, some of those staffers have formed a new shop in the same city.

ShortRound rises from the ashes of Black Rock Studios.

GamesIndustry.biz is reporting today that a number of ex-Black Rock employees have formed a "micro" studio called ShortRound Games.

Based in Brighton, the team is composed of game director Andrew Hubbard, technical director Kim Burrows, technical art director Stuart Pharoah, and creative and art director Steve Uphill.

As for what the studio is working on or on which platforms its first project will release, few firm details were offered. However, the report states that ShortRound has two game demos underway and that it is "keen" on developing titles for the popular iPad and the PlayStation Vita.

For more on the nascent studio, check out its recently launched website.

Discussion

10 comments
Levi221
Levi221

Good luck to them I bet they will snatch up more people sense the studio is pretty much done.

plm3d_basic
plm3d_basic

I loved Split second. I hope they make a sequel.

souravgames
souravgames

Spit second is the most unique pc game on pc. its fast its no nonsence and non repeative+ plus superspeed when is sp2 coming...

ShockG707
ShockG707

Seems like a new studio pops up every month. Can the industry support this. Good luck to them.

devrindare
devrindare

split second is a very ambitious game even though it has no nitro, time stopping facilities or some other things but it is great great game. Now I am playing Dirt 3 but Split second is present in PC and I used to play it when I want some rock hard speedy race with building crashing, falling dam & bridge. I am unable to forget this game, I HOPE THEY MAKE A DESCENT SEQUEL SOON FOR THIS AMAZING UNDER-RATED GAME. I am waiting. :)

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

Hope they make a new racing IP for Vita.

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

loved both Pure and Split/Second so I'm hoping they do something like that for the Vita :D Good luck to them!

Raxyman
Raxyman

Too bad because now disney won't make a decent sequel. But it's good because original developers are now free of a giant enterprise demands. Always nice to have another indie developer on the market.

agpickle
agpickle

Pure and Split Second are both under appreciated greats. Good luck to the new studio, I hope they do well.

woodyfr
woodyfr

Split/Second was a really fun and new racing game (and I play a lot of racing games). You deserve more attention and don't need Di$ney.