Ex-staff at the defunct Split/Second studio Black Rock have claimed that the studio’s closure “was the best thing that could have happened”, saying that Disney’s decision to close the Brighton-based developer created “a dream opportunity”.
“As disappointing as it was, the closure of Black Rock was the best thing that could have happened,” said Black Rock’s ex-Studio Outsource Manager Vassos Shiarlis speaking to GamesIndustry International.
“Don’t get me wrong, we loved working for Disney, but we loved the people in the studio more and that’s what we still have. Though we’re no longer all in the same building, most people are still around and a fair few are now running their own studios, a good thing.”
Black Rock’s closure last year sparked an overnight surge of independent development studios as ex-staffers went on to create their own studios.
Shiarlis started up WestPier Studios. The studio is currently developing its own IP.
Other studios to come out of Black Rock’s closure incude The Trailerfarm, Boss Alien, Spooky Moon Studio and Big Bit, the latter headed up by Split/Second’s Director Nick Baynes.
The majority have since gone on to develop various iOS titles.
Disney closed Black Rock’s doors in September 2011. Analysts speculated that the closure was due to the publisher “no longer [seeing] consoles as a priority”.
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