We revealed last month that developers Black Rock, the outfit who brought us racers Pure and Split/Second, had cut almost a hundred jobs in staff reduction efforts. Disney hadn't officially shuttered the studio, but it was teetering precariously on the brink of closure. Well, we're very sad to report that Disney has now decided to close Rock Rock with immediate effect.
"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," explains a statement direct from Disney. It's unclear quite what Black Rock's 'current project' was, although rumors point to it being another high-octane racer.
Having already cut over a hundred jobs in May, the 40 remaining staff at Black Rock have been made redundant. It's sad news, but we have no doubt they'll be back at work very soon. Just this month, we reported that former Black Rock staff who lost their jobs in May had set up a new upstart, ShortRound games. [Develop]