Black Rock Studio

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Black Rock Studio 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)
IndustryVideo games
FounderTony Beckwith
Disney Interactive
OwnerThe Walt Disney Company
Number of employees
WebsiteOfficial website

Black Rock Studio Limited was a British video game developer based in Brighton, England. It was 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 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, West Pier Studio, Roundcube Entertainment, ShortRound Games, and Boss Alien.[6]


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


  1. ^ "Split/Second dev Black Rock to close". July 2011.
  2. ^ "Black Rock Studio".
  3. ^ Michael French (6 July 2007). "Studio unveils new identity". MCV. Archived from the original on 6 December 2007. Retrieved 1 July 2009.
  4. ^ French, Michael (6 July 2007). "Climax Racing Studio unveils new identity". MCV. Archived from the original on 6 December 2007. Retrieved 11 January 2009.
  5. ^ Lay-offs at Split/Second Studio - Eurogamer
  6. ^ Robert Purchese (1 July 2011). "Split/Second dev Black Rock to close". Retrieved 1 July 2011.

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