Project Gotham Racing developer Bizarre Creations looks to be closing after publisher Activision failed to find a buyer for the studio. Bummer.
To be fair, Activision tried to keep the Liverpool-based studio together in looking for another publisher to buy it. Coddy Johnson, Activision Worldwide Studios' chief operating officer, told Develop that they talked to "pretty much anyone you can imagine in the industry" without success.
"[S]o far we've not been able to find any interested parties," he said. "So we've made as a last resort, a recommendation to the team for closure."
Even if you can stop yourself from blaming Activision, you might be tempted to blame Blur, the last original IP Bizarre Creations put out under Activision. The game wasn't a commercial success -- but by all accounts (especially ours), it was fun to play. So if anything, this is just proof that not even a good game can save a studio from closure if the numbers aren't there.
Here's to you, Bizarre Creations. Thanks for Geometry Wars, Blur, Project Gotham Racing, and even The Club.