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Hogrocket rises from the ashes of Bizarre

New studio focusing on iOS and PC opens this month

Three ex-members of Bizarre Creations have founded new studio Hogrocket, with an unannounced project already in the works.

Ben Ward, Stephen Cakebread and Peter Collier have founded the studio, alongside a number of contractors. Currently, plans are to focus in iPhone, iPad, Mac and PC, with long-term aims to widen platform reach further.

"It's extremely exciting to be starting a studio right now, but massively daunting too," said Ward via the studio website. "Luckily we've spent a lot of time making plans and scheduling our time, and we've got to the point where we almost know what we're doing! Hopefully they won't be my famous last words!

It's extremely exciting to be starting a studio right now, but massively daunting too.

Ben Ward, Hogrocket.

"Our first project is under way, but we're keeping quiet as to exactly what it is for a little while longer yet. Don't get me wrong - we're keen to share as much as possible publicly though - part of the reason of running an indie studio is to be more open and closer to gamers.

"We're currently prototyping a cool idea and it's looking really nice, but the next stage (now that we're announced) is to let our friends play the game and take their feedback on board."

Previously, Ward was the studio communications manager at Bizarre, whilst Collier was a senior level designer. Cakebread is credited as being the creator of the Geometry Wars series.

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Andrew Ormandy Functional Test Lead, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe5 years ago
Good luck to the three of you! I hope it becomes a very successful venture for you. I've signed up to the mailing list too see how things progress.
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Nick Burcombe CEO & Co Founder, Playrise Digital Ltd.5 years ago
Hooray! New Northwest Devs. Good luck with everything you're doing guy.
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Fran Mulhern , Recruit3D5 years ago
Awesome chaps, well done and good luck!
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Dan Lowe 3D Animator, Ubisoft Montreal5 years ago
Great news! Three of the nicest, most talented guys at Bizarre, who all deserve every success. Definitely one to watch; I predict great things. :)
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Jason Stewart Associate Producer, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe5 years ago
Best of luck fellas!
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Andrew Goodchild Studying development, Train2Game5 years ago
Awesome studio name
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Barrie Tingle Live Producer, Maxis5 years ago
Congrats to the guys there, I remember when I used to be Ben Ward's line manager at EA UK. They grow up so fast :)
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Antony Cain Lecturer in Computer Games Design, Sunderland College5 years ago
"Awesome studio name"

and logo! Good luck to them
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Neil Aldis Assistant Manager, Mobile Project Development, Capcom5 years ago
Some good news? On a Wednesday? Outrageous!
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Gareth Wilson Design Director, SUMO Digital5 years ago
Good luck gents - I'm 100% certain you wont need it :)
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