|Industry||Video game industry|
|Defunct||18 February 2011|
|Products||Geometry Wars series
Project Gotham Racing series
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 followup Project Gotham Racing series (Xbox, Xbox 360). The company has also developed games in other genres, including the Geometry Wars arcade series, plus 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 life's 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.
Activision announced that Project Gotham Racing 4 would be Bizarre Creations' last game for Microsoft Game Studios, and Activision did not pursue the rights for the Project Gotham Racing franchise.
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
|1990||The Killing Game Show / Fatal Rewind||Amiga, Atari ST, Mega Drive (1991)|
|1993||Wiz 'n' Liz||Amiga, Mega Drive|
As Bizarre Creations
|1997||Formula 1 97 / Formula 1 Championship Edition||Yes||Yes||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No|
|2000||Metropolis Street Racer||No||No||Yes||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No|
|2001||Fur Fighters: Viggo's Revenge||No||No||No||Yes||No||No||No||No||No||No||No|
|2001||Project Gotham Racing||No||No||No||No||Yes||No||No||No||No||No||No|
|2003||Project Gotham Racing 2||No||No||No||No||Yes||No||No||No||No||No||No|
|2005||Project Gotham Racing 3||No||No||No||No||No||No||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|2005||Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved||No||Yes||No||No||No||No||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|2007||Boom Boom Rocket||No||No||No||No||No||No||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|2007||Project Gotham Racing 4||No||No||No||No||No||No||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|2007||Geometry Wars: Galaxies||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||Yes||Yes||No|
|2008||Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2||No||No||No||No||No||No||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|2010||Geometry Wars: Touch||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||No||Yes|
|2010||James Bond 007: Blood Stone ||No||Yes||No||No||No||No||Yes||Yes||No||No||No|
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- Studio News – Bizarre Creations Archived 5 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
- "Bizarre Creations for Activision_Blizzard (ATVI)". Wikinvest.com. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
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- Rainier (16 November 2010). "Activision Looking To Close Or Sell Bizarre Creations". WorthPlaying. Retrieved 16 November 2010.
- Fred Dutton (19 January 2011). "Activision finalises Bizarre closure News – - Page 1". Eurogamer.net. Retrieved 15 May 2011.
- "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.