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Black Rock Studio's former studio director, Nick Baynes, tweeted earlier today, marking the last sunset for the developer of Split/Second and Pure. Disney made the decision to close the talented studio in July, after the house of mouse rejected Black Rock's final pitch, a freemium DOTA-style RTS...

September 2nd 2011 at 5:30pm 0 Comments
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Some former Black Rock Studio employees claim the developer never stood a chance of surviving Disney Interactive's new direction. Last week, Disney announced that it's looking to shut down UK-based Black Rock Studio, developer of Split/Second, after the studio's current project was declined by D...

July 4th 2011 at 3:45pm 0 Comments
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Black Rock Studio, developer of Split/Second and Pure, will soon be blasted out of existence by the House of Mouse. In a statement provided to Eurogamer, Disney confirmed that none of the current projects at the studio were given the greenlight, and that employees had been told of an impending "c...

July 1st 2011 at 10:04am 0 Comments
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UK-based developer Black Rock Studio is said to be on the verge of eliminating as many as 40 positions. Eurogamer cites an unnamed source at the company, who says the layoffs are coming Thursday morning "with the aim of reducing the studio to a single game team." The source goes into further det...

May 4th 2011 at 9:05pm 0 Comments
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Some Split/Second DLC is pulling into the left lane -- wait, we can't do this. It's not fair to you and it's not fair to us. We're better and more capable than pulling these types of shenanigans. Let's put it in park, take a second to collect ourselves and take another lap around the track. ... O...

October 12th 2010 at 5:20pm 0 Comments
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As part of a mentorship campaign initiated by Disney's XD channel, England-based developer Black Rock Studio will welcome some young viewers into the exciting world of game development. Kids will get to see what's under the bonnet of Split/Second, the studio's disaster-driven racer that debuted in...

August 24th 2010 at 10:20pm 0 Comments

Split/Second now has a much narrower release window, having been winnowed from a vague '2010' to a much more manageable 'May 2010,' according to CVG (and confirmed by Joystiq with Disney Interactive). For those who haven't been keeping up with it, Split/Second is a racing game that lets players us...

December 18th 2009 at 4:00pm 0 Comments
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Disney Interactive's executive VP and general manager, Graham Hopper, believes that companies can't get by on just a "good" IP in this economic climate and that there needs to be substance in a game -- we're sure the "new THQ" agrees. Hopper tells MCV that he's "excited" about Split/Second, the new...

July 14th 2009 at 6:30pm 0 Comments
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As promised, last night's episode of GameTrailers TV brought our first non-fuzzy look at Pure developer Black Rock Studio's upcoming racing title, Split/Second. Keighley's ominous warning seems accurate -- it appears to be trying to give Burnout a run for its money. However, rather than participati...

March 7th 2009 at 12:30pm 0 Comments
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Disney Interactive Studios has informed us -- by means of a very elaborate musical number -- that its edge-of-the-seat ATV racer, Pure, has shipped out and should be available in "all major retailers" on September 23. Several online retailers are already sending out copies, however, so you'd best c...

September 16th 2008 at 7:30pm 0 Comments

Who said there aren't enough off-road style X-treeeme sports games out there? Black Rock Studio (formerly Climax Racing), who worked on games like ATV Off-road Fury and the MotoGP franchises are back with a new game: Pure. Pure mud, we assume. You'll be able to pull off out-of-this-world stunts on y...

February 13th 2008 at 10:30pm 0 Comments