Disney has confirmed that it is closing the Brighton, UK-based Split/Second developer Black Rock Studios after not greenlighting its current project.
Back in May, the Brighton-based Black Rock Studios was hit with a round of layoffs, and fans were disappointed to hear that a sequel to the company’s excellent arcade racer Split/Second had been canned. Today, Disney has confirmed that the studio is to close after its current project failed to get the green light from its publisher parent.
“Disney Interactive Studios confirms that Black Rock Studios’ current project has not been greenlit for further development,” the company said in a statement to Eurogamer this morning. “Consequently, the company informed employees yesterday of the intent to enter a consultation process on the proposal to close the studios.”
Since the initial round of layoffs, ex-Black Rock staff have been courted by Runescape developer Jagex, and a number of ex-staffers have formed two new studios.
It looks like that cliffhanger in Split/Second’s ending is never to be resolved, then. Mourn the studio’s passing by downloading the soundtrack legally and for free from SoundCloud.