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Ex-Bizarre Creations employees form indie studio Hogrocket, will make iOS games.

03-23-2011, 06:11 PM
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Ex-Bizarre Creations employees form indie studio Hogrocket, will make iOS games.

Three ex-Bizarre Creations (Project Gotham Racing, Blur, Geometry Wars) employees form indie studio Hogrocket. Will start targeting iOS.

http://fingergaming.com/2011/03/23/k...dio-hogrocket/
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Three former employees of recently-closed UK-based Blur and James Bond 007: Blood Stone developer Bizarre Creations have formed the independent game studio Hogrocket.

The new studio, based in North West England, was founded by Bizarre senior level designer Pete Collier, Bizarre community manager Ben Ward and Geometry Wars series creator Stephen Cakebread.

Collier, who will be taking on design duties at Hogrocket, said in a blog post that founding an independent studio is “very scary,” but “a challenge that I could not live with myself for not attempting.”

He also noted the changes happening in the UK games industry. “…Mainstream game development here has been utterly devastated,” he said.

“This is through a combination of advantageous tax relief programs in Canada causing brain-drain in the UK and traditional large publishers in a flight to the safety to their established, biggest selling brands,” he added.

While large game companies are struggling, Collier said a “brave new world of game development” is emerging, fueled by the creativity of former employees of large studios.

Ward said on his blog that the studio is working with freelancers that will contribute to Hogrocket’s games, and that the studio’s first project is underway. Cakebread said Hogrocket’s first titles will target iPhone and iPad.

Collier added, “Say what you like about developing for Apple iOS devices (discoverability, etc.) but now there is the opportunity to make smaller games for low development costs and make a living. This state of play simply hasn’t existed in the industry for decades.”

Last month, other former employees of Bizarre announced that they formed the new studio Lucid Games.
Hopefully they come here to the forums to have dialog with posters.
03-23-2011, 08:09 PM
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This is awesome news I love all their games, especially Blur, so this is awesome news.

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03-23-2011, 09:11 PM
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This is entertaining news. Cakebread and company will go far with iOS.
03-24-2011, 05:58 PM
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Here is the website:
http://www.hogrocket.com/

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Hogrocket is an indie game developer based in North-West England. We make games for multiple platforms and we're currently working on our first. Soon you'll be able to track our progress and activities over the web. For now though, we'd love it if you signed up to our mailing list, or became a friend/follower on your choice of social network. If you'd like to talk to us directly, send us an e-mail. We'll give you a shout when we get this little piggy airborne...
03-25-2011, 04:19 AM
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Why is Cakebread such a familiar name (and not because of GW)?

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04-06-2011, 12:03 PM
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Originally Posted by MasterChief3624 View Post
This is awesome news I love all their games, especially Blur, so this is awesome news.
It's good to see them doing their own thing, especially in light on the creative pressure they were under Activision:
http://www.next-gen.biz/news/bizarre...out-on-closure
04-06-2011, 06:01 PM
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I haven't yet subscribed to their YouTube channel because I don't want them to think I'm their number one fan, but I did register for their email game notification - something I do very rarely even when a developer's work has been outstanding. Whatever comes from Cakebread is sure to be better than many iOS crumbs.
08-08-2011, 04:35 AM
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Also some blog posts: http://hogrocket.com/

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08-08-2011, 04:53 AM
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Blur just rocks And Geometry Wars, so can't wait for this!

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