Bizarre Creations, the development studio behind the Project Gotham Racing franchise, has been purchased by Activision.
Activision was, of course, the #1 publisher for the first half of 2007 over EA and they are using their new position to scoop up some developers.
Bizarre Creations is now completely owned by Activision and will start work on 2 new titles of the AAA caliber for them.
Hit the jump for statements from Bizarre and Microsoft.
Bizarre had this to say about the deal:
"This is fundamentally a different deal than some you've seen around the industry recently," said Bizarre on their website. "Bizarre isn't a developer in financial trouble, and we're certainly not looking to be 'saved' by a bigger corporation. We're a dev looking to take our games to the next level, and make the absolute best products we can possibly make. Likewise, Activision is not in the business of 'buying out' struggling developers either."
Interestingly, this also means the studio is no longer tied to the Xbox and we could end up seeing PGR on the PS3 at some point, but it's more likely that their next game will be multiplatform.
GameDaily BIZ contacted Microsoft and they released this statement:
"Bizarre Creations has been an great partner for Microsoft Game Studios and we wish them nothing but the best in the future. Project Gotham Racing is a signature racing franchise for Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE and we plan to continue the series but we have nothing further to announce."
That PR-speak reeks of a feeling of betrayal! Ouch, Microsoft.
GameDaily BIZ: Activision Makes 'Bizarre' Move, Acquires PGR Studio