A TEAM from former video games firm Bizarre Creations has launched a new studio to help keep talented video games developers in the region.
Bizarre was closed this month by owner Activision, putting some 200 people out of work.
But now a team led by one of Bizarre’s senior managers, Pete Wallace, has opened Lucid Games. And Mr Wallace hopes the studio could soon employ as many as 50 former Bizarre staff, by winning contracts to develop games for studios around the world.
He said: “The idea is to take the spirit of Bizarre Creations and see if we can improve on that.”
Speke-based Bizarre was founded in 1994 and developed high-profile games including Geometry Wars and the Project Gotham Racing series, which has sold more than 6m copies.
Bizarre was bought in 2007 by US giant Activision, in a deal reportedly worth tens of millions of dollars. But last year’s big release, racing game Blur, sold disappointingly, leading Activision to announce in November that it was reviewing the studio’s future. Last month, it said Bizarre would close.