Black Rock now officially closed

Split/Second developer shuts its doors for the last time

Black Rock Studios officially closed its doors today, Eurogamer reports

Disney's intention to close Black Rock was announced earlier this year, but former studio director Nick Baynes confirmed this as the company's final day via his Twitter account.

"@blackrockster officially closes its doors today," he wrote. "Thoughts go out to all facing their last day. A bright future awaits all though I'm sure!"

Signs of trouble at the studio started in May, when rumours of as many as 100 redundancies began to surface.

"It seems Disney have been unable to provide us with a project to work on, and our concept pitches clearly haven't gone down well (despite there being many of them)," a source told Eurogamer at the time.

Disney confirmed that the studio would close the following month. Black Rock's last project was due to be an RTS in the vein of League Of Legends, based in an alternative world and starring a god called Loki.

"The idea was that you had to do PVP and PVE to gain XP to somehow escape," the source said. "The game was intended to be released quite quickly, in beta anyway, in about six months or so."

At least two studios have been started by former Black Rock employees: ShortRound Games, which is focusing on iPad development, and Roundcube Entertainment, which is led by former studio head Nick Baynes.

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Lewis Brown Snr Sourcer/Recruiter, Electronic Arts6 years ago
A real shame, Good luck to them all and the new studios!
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Christoffer Radsby Environment artist - 3D artist 6 years ago
Aw man, sorry to hear that. I hope everybody lands on their feet okay.
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Patrick Frost QA Project Monitor 6 years ago
Good luck to everyone. Met a few people from the studio a while back whilst still at Uni and they were a really great bunch.
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Ashley Stephens6 years ago
hm definitely a shame, that concept sounded pretty interesting and despite the rise of the dota rts style that's only going to get bigger as time goes on It's certainly a mostly unexplored genre
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Terence Gage Freelance writer 6 years ago
Good luck to everyone affected.

I was going to say something like I'd boycott all Disney's games from now on, but nothing in their line-up holds any appeal for me anyway so it would be a bit of a hollow threat. It's a real shame, as a couple of years ago they were looking like doing great things as a publisher, but it all seemed to dry up so quickly.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Terence Gage on 5th September 2011 6:19pm

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You mean DIS?
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Terence Gage Freelance writer 6 years ago
Yeah, sorry - should have made that clear. I did mean Disney.
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