Black Rock Studios Set to Close its Doors
Written Friday, July 01, 2011 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
Split/Second and Pure developer Black Rock Studios is closing its doors, with Eurogamer breaking the story earlier this morning that Disney had delivered the news to the remaining 40 staff in a meeting at Brighton Town Hall yesterday.
Disney issued an official statement to GamesIndustry.biz regarding the closure: “Disney Interactive Studios confirms that Black Rock Studios' current project has not been greenlit for further development, consequently the company informed employees yesterday of the intent to enter a consultation process on the proposal to close the studios.”
In May, Disney had made layoffs and cuts to the workforce, but had stated that "the studio will continue its work on its current project." That no longer seems to be the case however, with Disney now apparently outsourcing projects. An anonymous source accused Disney of handling the developer "clumsily", outsourcing when the dev was more than capable of coping internally and failing to provide adequate marketing for its racing games.
Two new studios have already formed in the wake of the recent staff cuts however, with Split/Second Director Nick Baynes founding Roundcube Entertainment and Game Director Andrew Hubbard, Art Director Steve Uphill, Technical Director Kim Burrows and Technical Art Director Stuart Pharaoh all now working at ShortRound Games.