|Formerly||Raising Hell Software Limited|
|Defunct||February 18, 2011|
Number of employees
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 phones 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.
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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