Disney Shutters Black Rock, But Three New Studios Arise
It's sad when bad things happen to good studios.
Earlier this year, Split/Second and Pure developer Black Rock Studios suffered a big "reduction in workforce," a move that left only 40 employees on the team. But obviously, that was only the first step, as Disney has now confirmed to Eurogamer that Black Rock will be closed down completely.
"Disney Interactive Studios confirms that Black Rock Studios' current project has not been greenlit for further development, consequently the company informed employees yesterday of the intent to enter a consultation process on the proposal to close the studios."
One inside source complained that Disney did a poor job handling the Brighton studio, as the massive corporation typically outsourced games to other companies Black Rock "was more than capable of producing." The source also cited a lack of advertising and support for their titles.
But there is a silver lining in all this; actually, there are three silver linings: Roundcube Entertainment, led by Split/Second director Nick Baynes, ShortRound Games, created by four former Black Rock department directors, and Boss Alien, started by Pure director Jason Avent. You just can't keep good designers down.
7/1/2011 10:31:55 AM Ben Dutka