Bizarre Creations Limited was a British video game development studio based in Liverpool, best known for their racing titles Metropolis Street Racer (Dreamcast) and the follow-up Project Gotham Racing series (Xbox, Xbox 360, mobile phone and Zune HD). The company has also developed games in other genres, including the Geometry Wars arcade series, plus the third-person shooters Fur Fighters and The Club. Bizarre Creations was acquired by publisher Activision in 2007, and subsequently completed its racer Blur in May 2010.
|Defunct||18 February 2011|
|Products||Formula One series|
Geometry Wars series
Project Gotham Racing series
On 20 January 2011, Activision announced Bizarre Creations would close, and later confirmed the date. Bizarre marked the closure by releasing a retrospective video of its work.
Bizarre Creations started as Raising Hell Software, founded by Martyn Chudley. Sega scorned "Hell", and the company went nameless for a short time. In 1994, a pending submission to Psygnosis/Sony forced the decision of a new name. The founder tentatively left "Weird Concepts" on the submission documentation. Then a staff member used Microsoft Word's thesaurus, and "Bizarre Creations" stuck.
The Bizarre Creations team was initially five strong, and worked on a concept project called "Slaughter". After seeing the demo, Psygnosis signed the team onto Formula 1 for PlayStation. Formula 1 went on to become the best-selling game in Europe in 1996.
On 16 November 2010, Activision announced it was considering closing Bizarre and "exploring our options regarding the future of the studio, including a potential sale of the business". Activision later stated that no buyer could be found and that the studio would close.
|as Raising Hell Software|
|1988||Combat Crazy||Commodore 64|
|1990||The Killing Game Show||Amiga, Atari ST, Sega Mega Drive|
|1993||Wiz 'n' Liz||Amiga, Sega Mega Drive|
|as Bizarre Creations|
|1996||Formula 1||PlayStation, Microsoft Windows|
|1997||Formula 1 97||PlayStation, Microsoft Windows|
|2000||Fur Fighters||Dreamcast, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2|
|2000||Metropolis Street Racer||Dreamcast|
|2001||Project Gotham Racing||Xbox|
|2002||Treasure Planet||Game Boy Advance, PlayStation 2|
|2003||Project Gotham Racing 2||Xbox|
|2005||Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved||Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows|
|2005||Project Gotham Racing 3||Xbox 360|
|2007||Boom Boom Rocket||Xbox 360|
|2007||Project Gotham Racing 4||Xbox 360|
|2007||Geometry Wars: Galaxies||Wii, Nintendo DS|
|2008||The Club||Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360|
|2008||Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2||Xbox 360|
|2010||Geometry Wars: Touch||iOS|
|2010||Blur||Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360|
|2010||James Bond 007: Blood Stone||Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360|
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- "James Bond 007: Blood Stone Leaks". IGN. 16 July 2010. Retrieved 16 July 2010.
- "James Bond 007: Bloodstone confirmed". GameSpot. 16 July 2010. Retrieved 16 July 2010.