In Memory: 5 Notable Game Studio Closures of 2011
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Gaming is a harsh business. The following are five of the most notable video game studio closures of 2011. Let's have a moment of silence for these video companies that (mostly) brought us such memorable games. You guys will be missed.
EA Visceral (Melbourne Division) (2008-2011)
Most Notable Games: Dead Space 2, Dante's Inferno, The Godfather 2
Team Bondi (2003-2011)
Most Notable Game: L.A. Noire
The huge amount of negative press that the company received caused the game company to close down before they were able to secure a future project.
Kaos Studios (2006-2011)
Most Notable Games: Homefront, Frontlines: Fuel of War
Propaganda Games (2005-2011)
Most Notable Games: Pirates of the Caribbean: Armada of the Damned (Unreleased), Turok, Tron: Evolution
Bizarre Creations (1988-2011)
Most Notable Games: Geometry Wars 1 & 2, Project Gotham Racing
Bizarre created their biggest hit during the early days of the XBOX 360's life cycle with Geometry Wars. The studio was full of creative ideas, and was also known for the hit racing series Project Gotham Racing. Activision eventually acquired the company, and allowed the team a lot of creative freedom to work on numerous projects. The created Blur, a racing game which was critically acclaimed but unfortunately was not a hot seller. The Club was also created by the team, but once again the game simply did not get the recognition that it needed. After another commercial failure with Blood Stone, a James Bond game that featured a great racing mechanic (hey, these guys know how to make a good racing game) and decent 3rd person shooting, the company's fate was sealed.
Activision axed Bizarre Creations this year when no other company wanted to buy them out. However, the studio lives on in several ways. In February 2011, a group of senior members of Bizarre Creations formed an independent gaming studio called "Lucid Games." Geometry Wars creator Stephen Cakebread, Bloodstone level designer Peter Collier, and former community manager Ben Ward announced that they will be forming another game studio known as Hogrocket.
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