Black Rock Studio

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Black Rock Studios Limited
  • Pixel Planet (1998-1999)
  • Climax Studios Limited (1999-2003)
  • Climax Studios (Brighton) Limited (2003-2004)
  • Climax Driving Limited (2004)
  • Climax Racing Limited (2004-2006)
Division of Disney Interactive Studios
IndustryVideo game industry
FounderTony Beckwith
ProductsVideo games
OwnerThe Walt Disney Company
Number of employees
ParentClimax Group (1997-2006)
Disney Interactive Studios (2006-2011)
WebsiteOfficial website

Black Rock Studios Limited was a video game developer based in Brighton, England. It is a division of Disney Interactive Studios. The studio was founded by Tony Beckwith in 1998 as Pixel Planet. It was acquired by the Climax Group in 1999 and was renamed Climax Brighton. In 2004, it became Climax Racing, as the Climax Group rebranded its studios.[2] On 28 September 2006, it was acquired by DIS (formerly known as Buena Vista Games in that time) and was eventually renamed Black Rock Studio in 2007.[3] The last game the studio developed for the Climax Group was MotoGP '07, which was completed after its acquisition by Buena Vista Games. The name is derived from a district in Brighton.[4] In early 2011, the company faced lay-offs and was forced to abandon sequels for Pure and Split/Second. Despite good reviews for both games, Disney Interactive Studios turned down both sequels to focus on freemium content.[5]

On 30 June 2011, Disney Interactive Studios announced their intent to enter a consultation process on the proposal to close the studios. It was later confirmed that the studio has been shut down and that several 300 ex-employees have formed new studios, including Studio Gobo, Roundcube Entertainment, ShortRound Games, Boss Alien, and Hangar 13 Brighton.[6]


Developed as Climax Brighton
Name Platform(s) Release date(s)
Gumball 3000 PlayStation 2 2002
MotoGP: Ultimate Racing Technology Windows, Xbox 2002
Rally Fusion: Race of Champions GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox 2002
ATV Quad Power Racing 2 GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox 2003
MotoGP 2 Windows, Xbox 2003
The Italian Job GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox 2003
Hot Wheels: World Race GameCube, PlayStation 2, Windows 2003
Developed as Climax Racing
Name Platform(s) Release date(s)
ATV Offroad Fury 3 PlayStation 2 2004
Crash 'n' Burn Xbox, PlayStation 2 2004
Hot Wheels: Stunt Track Challenge Xbox, PlayStation 2, Windows 2004
ATV Offroad Fury: Blazin' Trails PlayStation Portable 2005
MotoGP 3: Ultimate Racing Technology Windows, Xbox 2005
MotoGP '06 Xbox 360 2006
ATV Offroad Fury Pro PlayStation Portable 2006
ATV Offroad Fury 4 PlayStation 2 2006
MotoGP '07 Windows, Xbox 360 2007
Developed as Black Rock Studios
Name Platform(s) Release date(s)
Pure PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360 2008
Split/Second PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360 2010


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  3. ^ Michael French (2007-07-06). "Studio unveils new identity". MCV. Archived from the original on 2007-12-06. Retrieved 2009-07-01.
  4. ^ French, Michael (2007-07-06). "Climax Racing Studio unveils new identity". MCV. Archived from the original on 2007-12-06. Retrieved 2009-01-11.
  5. ^ Lay-offs at Split/Second Studio - Eurogamer
  6. ^ Robert Purchese (2011-07-01). "Split/Second dev Black Rock to close". Retrieved 2011-07-01.

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