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Ex-Black Rock staff form ShortRound Games

By Matt Martin

Mon 20 Jun 2011 7:30am GMT / 3:30am EDT / 12:30am PDT

New Brighton-based micro studio springs up following major downsizing at Disney racing team

Black Rock Studio

Black Rock Studio, formerly known as Climax Racing, was established in Brighton in early 2000 and is...

A small group of ex-Black Rock staffers have formed a new micro studio in Brighton, ShortRound Games.

The team is made up of game director Andrew Hubbard, technical director Kim Burrows, technical art director Stuart Pharoah and creative and art director Steve Uphill.

ShortRound has two demos already underway and plans to release a video of footage in the next couple of weeks to highlight the projects.

"We've just been made redundant from Black Rock which has given us a great opportunity to achieve what we all came into this industry to do; make games that we want to play and in the way that we want to make them," Hubbard told

"We're all really privileged to have worked on some great games like the Burnout series and Split/Second and have now got the chance to take what we've learnt and apply it to our own creations."

The company was officially formed in August last year, way before Disney made public any decisions to cut staff at racing studio Black Rock.

According to Hubbard, ShortRound is not ruling out any formats, and is eager to work on portable/handheld hardware.

"As for publishers and platforms, we're in talks with various publishers but not ruling out being self published and are keen to release on iPad or even Sony's Vita," he said. "One thing that we know is that we want to make games that really suit the platform, there's too many iOS games that don't feel natural on a touch screen and leave you yearning for a joypad."

The announcement of ShortRound comes a few weeks after Nick Baynes and Ian Monaghan left Black Rock to form RoundCube Entertainment.

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Neil Soane European Publisher and Developer Account Manager, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe

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Good luck guys, show 'em how it's done!


Posted:5 years ago

Indeed, show everyone else how its done!

Posted:5 years ago

Good stuff guys, looking forward to the demo!

Posted:5 years ago


Alex Wright-Manning Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist, Datascope

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Great news! Glad to see some great indie studios springing from the ashes of the teams at BlackRock, Bizarre and Realtime Worlds. Good luck chaps; looking forward to seeing what you've got up your sleeves.

Posted:5 years ago


Kingman Cheng Illustrator and Animator

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ShortRound? Ah memories of Goonies and Indiana Jones!

In any case good luck!

Posted:5 years ago


Lee Walton Co-Founder & Art Director, No More Pie

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I know all these chaps (except Kim), and it's awesome news to hear they are teaming-up! Another UK mini dream-team. :-)

Posted:5 years ago


Charlotte Snowdon Programmer

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Looking forward to seeing what they come up with!

Posted:5 years ago


james brooksby Studio Head, doublesix

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Go Steve and team :-)

Posted:5 years ago


Steven Pick Lead Graphic Designer, Atomhawk Design

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Good luck!

Posted:5 years ago


Stephen Hawes Senior Artist, Ubisoft Massive

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Yes, best of luck - look forward to see some stuff from you I hope!

Posted:5 years ago


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