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Disney to close Split/Second dev

Brighton-based Black Rock Studios told it's to close doors

Brighton-based Split/Second developer, Black Rock Studios is to be completely closed by Disney, the publisher has confirmed.

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Black Rock, which has already seen a reduction in workforce, assembled staff in Brighton Town Hall yesterday where Disney bosses stated the entire studio is to be closed, according to Eurogamer.

One "anonymous source" has claimed that Disney handled Black Rock "clumsily", outsourcing games to other companies that the Brighton studio was "more than capable of producing".

The same source also bemoaned the lack of advertising for its otherwise decent racers Pure and Split/Second.

A Disney statement on the studio closure reads: "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."

An offshoot studio, Roundcube Entertainment, has already been founded by several senior ex-Black Rock employees, including Split/Second game director Nick Baynes.

[ SOURCE: Eurogamer ]

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