It’s just been confirmed that the developer behind racing games Pure and Split/Second, Black Rock Studio, is set to close its doors, following staff reductions at owner Disney Interactive Studios earlier this year.
The news arrives as a result of Black Rock Studio’s next game failing to get the green light for production. An official statement from Disney read:
“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.”
While it should be noted that the closure of the studio is still in a “consultation process,” without a game to work on in the immediate future and poor sales for Pure and Split/Second (despite their respective quality), it’s safe to assume that Black Rock will cease operation in the near future.
Before the confirmation of the studio’s closure, an anonymous source told Eurogamer how Disney had handled Black Rock “clumsily,” and outsourced games to other development companies that the studio was capable of developing itself. The source went on to lament the shortage of advertising for Black Rock’s two racers.
Our condolences to those affected at Black Rock Studio.