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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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