Late last year it became clear that Activision would be forced to re-evaluate its investment in Bizarre Creations, the Liverpool-based developer behind the Project Gotham, Blur, and James Bond 007: Blood Stone games. Given the lack of a "commercial audience" for Bizarre's racing titles, Activision resorted to exploring options like selling off the studio to a potential buyer.
Unfortunately, the publisher confirms today that the chances of finding another publisher to buy Bizarre proved slim after all, and will be forced to issue a "recommendation for studio closure".
The motion would seal the fate of Bizarre Creations as we know it. Activision Worldwide Studios' COO Coddy Johnson explained to the website that his company "explored a lot of leads – pretty much anyone you can imagine in the industry... But unfortunately, so far we’ve not been able to find any interested parties.". Speaking with Develop Online:
“I want to be clear, our first choice was to try and keep this group together and find a buyer for the studio. This decision comes after a few months of exhausted examination of a number of different options across the board."
The recommendation for closure was made as a "last resort". Activision has indicated to Develop that the remaining staff at the studio will accept the recommendation.