I'm with you guys on this, Pure and Split/Second are both amazing racing games, both very unique and with excellent controls. If you're going BlackRock, I will miss you.
Split/Second shop's future looks dim as Disney informs Black Rock Studios staff of its proposal to close the development house.
Two months ago, it became clear that Black Rock Studios was in trouble when Disney Interactive, the outfit's parent company, said it was letting 100 of the staff there go due to lack of work for them. While a number of those who left have set up their own handheld studio, Shortround Games, the future is looking somewhat bleaker for those left behind.
Disney Interactive today confirmed to GameSpot UK that it was entering "a consultation process on the proposal to close the studios." When news of the layoffs broke in May, it was indicated that sequels to the studio's two racing games--which both launched to generally positive reviews--had been shelved and many of the studio's other ideas had been rejected by Disney.
Black Rock was reportedly working on a "promising" game described as "new and risky." However, it seems that that risk may have been too great for Disney, which said that the studio's current project "has not been greenlit for further development." The decision to end that project has led directly to the decision to start the process of shutting the studio down.
The racing studio, based in Brighton, was founded in 1998 as Pixel Planet. It has produced 13 different racing games across the PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, Xbox, and GameCube. It had also been known as Climax Brighton and Climax Racing before its acquisition by Buena Vista Games--itself later rebranded as Disney Interactive--in 2006.
i hate the way oarent companys seem to be just tossing developers about like rag dolls of late. I give anything to hear some good news now.
Doesn't surprise me to see disney shutting down those two studios. Disney has been sliding down a slippy slope for a very long time with their movies and cable channel. Some big wig probably thought they could open up a gaming divison and make a killing on developing video games... Short sighted like always disney will most likely suffer even more losses in the years to come...
Stick to movies and TV shows, Disney. Stop insulting creative talent. Oh and, by the looks of the article, they seem excited about shutting down Black Rock.... yea well, I'm excited to see you going bankrupt very soon, cutting precious talent like that.
@ Agent-M LOL wut? Pixar has always been owned by another company since it was founded back in 1979. First, it was owned by Lucasfilm, then Apple, then Disney. To suggest it was some glamorous indy company is a bitter irony. As for Marvel, yes, Disney owns the comics publisher but has agreed to stay out of its day-to-day business. Frankly, it's good another company owns Marvel since Marvel can never keep its financials straight and has kissed Chapter 11 on more than one occasion. And finally: WTF are you yammering about? All of those shows have been released on DVD. Even Darkwing Duck.
I like split/second. it have a lot of potencial if they make de second part with better graphics and new ideas it will be great.
Split/Second wasn't great but wit more time wit the sequel it could.ve something special like Burnout
@LordRaymond Lol, it's funny to see Jack Sparrow show his opinions about Disney!! Oh sorry... CAPTAIN Jack Sparrow...!
I was never really a fan of Split/Second but it definitely had a lot of potential. I hate to see them go.
Just shows how stupid Disney is. Shutting down a company that made some gems like Split Second and Pure is not a good idea.
I HATE Disneys owners. They control Marvel which is bad enough. They now control one its strongest competitors - Pixar which sucks. Disney also does not respect any of its original TV shows that helped the company during a time when its movies usually sold very poorly, shows such as Aladdin, Duck Tales and Chip N Dales, etc. Yet they refuse to release DVDs or any video games of these shows, or even reboot them after 10-15 years of them being off air. Disney, YOU SUCK.
Dang. I really like Split Second and I was surprised to see Disneys logo on that game. Disney does not realize that when you enter the gaming world, you have to commit yourself. If a game, like Split Second, does not sell well, then take your losses and try again. Dont just suddenly bail out when it has potential. Its understandable if a small publishing company had to do this, but Disney is a mega corporation and Im sure they have plenty of money to keep their development studios going. But I guess they would rather blow their money on their pop artists.
I don't play many arcade style racers, I'm more into the simulation racers like Forza Motorsport but seeing that Black Rock has had 2 major hits on their hands it makes no sense for Disney to axe the developer.
*shakes head. I think it silly to sell your company to a big company like disney, as they just end up shutting you down. Look at Pandemic studios and EA.
Disney are morons. The only good games they've put out are from Black Rock and Propaganda. Who do they shut down? Those two! I hope Disney's entire game division goes bankrupt.
So pretty much Disneys game division is dead. I think the only one that is really left is Junction Point.
i liked Split/Second also, but enjoyed Pure more.. It was baffled as to why they didn't make pure 2 and grew there fan base.. People are more likely than not to buy games from reputable dev's and seeing a pure was sucessful, some might see it as a one hit wonder, it would have been awesome to release pure 2 next and blow the first pure out of the water, Maybe then people would have want to look what the studio has lined up next... Also someone tell Disney to get out of videogame stuff, if you are not prepared to take a few losses then get out, not every game is goona be a break out hit..
Breaking up a talented and successful team doesn't make good business sense to me. But I'm a gamer, not a businessman.
Sony hurry buy them! Have you seen their explosions? They're like right outta a Michael Bay movie! Buy them and make theme help Jaffe!
Cool, they made the best Disney game ever and they are going to close. I can see why Disney has no success on gaming.
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