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Former Bizarre Creations staff form Lucid Games

Fri 25 Feb 2011 8:13am GMT / 3:13am EST / 12:13am PST
Development

Senior management bounce back from closure and look to staff up significantly

Senior management and ex-staff from Bizarre Creations have announced the formation of a new studio, Lucid Games.

Peter Wallace, managing director, will lead the team as it looks to staff up, creating as many as 50 positions at the dev house.

"With the great history of Bizarre behind us, we are proud to be part of Lucid and are committed to the UK game development community," he said.

"We plan to build a studio which encourages open communication with its partners, customers and other developers."

The new studio is backed by Liverpool Vision, a local economic development company keen to keep the renowned talent from Bizarre in the region.

"Liverpool Vision has been keen to keep what is some of the best games talent in the global games market in Liverpool and from day one we have been very supportive of this initiative," said Steve Smith, digital industry director for Liverpool Vision.

"This world class talent combined with a very credible and experienced management team, we believe offers the best future for a sustainable and viable business within the significant Liverpool gaming sector.

"It should be stressed that Bizarre was very successful and Activision's actions were driven by global economics and not by any failure of the creative talent based in Liverpool".

Activision officially closed Bizarre Creations, creators of Project Gotham Racing, Geometry Wars and Blur, last week.

"Our approach is to create for fun, quality and simplicity – it's how our games make you feel that matters to us. We are committed to hiring character, hiring talent and training skill," added Wallace.

"It's not about qualifications or years in the industry, we are looking for creatives with a positive attitude and plenty of aptitude.

"If you are interested in being a part of something new and feel you can meet or exceed the standards you have seen in our previous games then get in touch."

37 Comments

This new start is a promising one, and hopefully heralds many years of innovative entertainment.

Posted:3 years ago

#1

Paul Ripley Founder, Phasic Labs Ltd.

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That's great news, and I wish Lucid Games the best of luck.

Posted:3 years ago

#2

Terence Gage Freelance writer

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This is bloody great news; probably the best case scenario following Bizarre's closure. I wish them all the best, and for God's sake don't sell the company to any bigger companies or publishers!

Posted:3 years ago

#3

Matthew Hill Head of Recruitment, Specialmove

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Encouraging news - well done to everyone involved for pulling together and using the sad demise of Bizarre as an opportunity. Look forward to seeing the fruits of your labours

Posted:3 years ago

#4

Fran Mulhern , Recruit3D

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Awesome!

Posted:3 years ago

#5

Steve Hird Senior Concept Artist., THQ Digital Studios UK

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This is the kind of news we need to see, Great news not only for the Games industry but for the North West too, Congratulations to the team. Best wishes.

Posted:3 years ago

#6

Stephen Hey Marketing Manager, Connect2Media

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We really need to keep this talent in the North West so this is excellent news - I wish Lucid all the very best.

Posted:3 years ago

#7

John Donnelly Quality Assurance

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Great news.
Looking forward to seeing what you guys do next.

Posted:3 years ago

#8

John Donnelly Quality Assurance

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Great news.
Looking forward to seeing what you guys do next.

Posted:3 years ago

#9

Wai Keen Lam Experienced 3D Artist, Codemasters

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Great news for the guys in Liverpool - here's wishing a fruitful continuation of quality games in the future

Posted:3 years ago

#10

Jordan Woodward Level Designer, Codemasters Birmingham

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Great news to see Bizarre bounce back, reassuring to the industry. Good luck guys.

Posted:3 years ago

#11

James Dobrowski Head of Support, Geomerics

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Awesome news - best of luck to everyone at Lucid Games! I'll be looking forward to your first game announcement.

Posted:3 years ago

#12
@ Terence - I echo that sentiment. Stay indie, stay out of the clutches of bigger companies (although something like EA partners or THQ partners can be a good compromise)

Posted:3 years ago

#13

Terence Gage Freelance writer

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@ Chee - the funny thing is, when Bizarre were sold to Activision they probably thought it was the best thing for the studio's growth and prosperity; multiformat development, a huge publisher and massive financial backing, but it's befuddling just how quickly their demise came about thereafter.

I definitely agree that schemes such as EA Partners seem to be the best way forward for medium-large studios who can negotiate a publishing deal, provided they maintain ownership of their IPs - I'm sure it's a lot more encouraging for the likes of Insomniac, Respawn and Bungie to work on their own property.

Posted:3 years ago

#14

Gerson Sousa Localisation and Compliance Coordinator, Testronic

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It's amazing news!!! Best of luck to everyone at Lucid Games! Hopefully, we'll be hearing about your first game very soon!

Posted:3 years ago

#15

Mike Spence Games Development Coordinator, South Thames College

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Another example of how it is the people in games development, pulling together, that make things happen in this industry.

Posted:3 years ago

#16

Richard Westmoreland Game Desginer, Exient Ltd

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Amazing news! I wish the guys at Lucid all the best for the future.

Posted:3 years ago

#17
@ Terence - I wonder in contrast what the work for hire biz model is like. Are there any successful british studio that can grow through this model, or is owning IP and co development something that has the best profits for both publisher/developer

Posted:3 years ago

#18

Jason Chown Technical Director, Setgo Limited

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Welcome, soon-to-be neighbours! Be sure to pop down to see us @ Basecamp if you need any sugar!

Posted:3 years ago

#19
That's awesome, hopefully they can thumb their noses at Activision one day in return with fantastic games published elsewhere. But...what about the other Lucid Games? Won't that be a problem? :)

Posted:3 years ago

#20
Good luck guys...really hope you make it work and as many as possible of the existing team make the switch.

Posted:3 years ago

#21
Congratulations to everyone at Lucid Games. You can never keep a bunch of great developers down...Am looking forwards to seeing what's next from you guys. All the best guys :)

Posted:3 years ago

#22

Simon Hope Senior Games Recruitment Consultant, Aardvark Swift

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Excellent news! Good luck everyone.

Posted:3 years ago

#23

Hollie Heraghty Programming Recruitment Consultant, Aardvark Swift

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Very excited about this news, good to see new studios in the North West, with so many great developers in the area.

Posted:3 years ago

#24

Helder Pinto Level Artist, Crytek

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That's great news. Grats guys!

Posted:3 years ago

#25

John Court Senior Artist, Codemasters Birmingham

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Good luck guys. Nice to hear some ruddy good news for a change. :)

Posted:3 years ago

#26

William Chan European Media Sales Planner, Electronic Arts

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Great news, best of luck to you all!

Posted:3 years ago

#27

Gavin Matheson Creative Video & Marketing Director, Big Splash Creative

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Superb news! The gaming world is watching you so good luck, guys!

Posted:3 years ago

#28

Andrew Barnabas Composer

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I thought Bizarre were a great developer, a pillar of UK dev and found their closure somewhat inexplicable.

Great to hear that they're sticking together and not buggering off abroad.

From the ashes and all that.... Good luck geeza's!





Posted:3 years ago

#29

Leo Long Studying games design, Train2Game

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Great news, and wish them all the best, also as a student and a overly enthusiastic games fan i am interested to see if i could make a break into the industry with them.

Posted:3 years ago

#30
Great news! All the best chaps!

Posted:3 years ago

#31

Alex McLean Studio Head, Codemasters

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Best wishes with the new venture.
Hope it goes well!

Posted:3 years ago

#32

Thomas Würgler Staff writer, Geek Culture

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Great news. Best of luck lads and lasses.

Posted:3 years ago

#33

Jamie Watson Studying Bachelor of Games & Interactive Entertainment, Queensland University of Technology

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good news!

well done and cant wait to see what awsome games lucid games cooks up!

Posted:3 years ago

#34

Frankie Kang Producer / Consultant, First Post LLC

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Great, great news! Give me PGR5, please!

Posted:3 years ago

#35
"Lucid Games"... How ironic.
Anyway, I can't wait to see their next creation.

Posted:3 years ago

#36

Umar Tahir Studying Designer, Train2Game

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Excellent! I was really sad when i Heard about Bizzare, as they created Fantastic games! They were even on my target list of Developers who id like to work for. Now with their Resurrection in the form of Lucid Games i may well yet! =)

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Umar Tahir on 1st March 2011 3:57pm

Posted:3 years ago

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