Brighton-based Split/Second developer, Black Rock Studios is to be completely closed by Disney, the publisher has confirmed. 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. An offshoot studio, Roundcube Entertainment, has already been founded by several senior ex-Black Rock employees, including Split/Second game director Nick Baynes.
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” and also that there was a “lack of advertising” for its otherwise decent racers Pure and Split/Second.
I’m very disappointed by the closure of this studio as I thought that Split/Second was a really good game which was made by a clearly talented team but it looks like once again another developer has bit the dust.