Bizarre Creations, the Liverpool-based developer behind the likes of Project Gotham Racing, Geometry Wars and Blur, shuts up shop this Friday, reports claim.
According to Develop, it floats off to game developer heaven on 18th February, after being formally disbanded by owners Activision.
Back in November, the publisher announced its intent to offload the developer, citing poor sales of its excellent Blur racer.
"Bizarre is a very talented team of developers, however, because of the broader economic factors impacting the market, we are exploring our options regarding the future of the studio, including a potential sale of the business," said a statement released at that time.
However, no buyer came forward and last month its imminent termination was confirmed.
Activision exec Coddy Johnson explained that the publisher had "explored a lot of leads – pretty much anyone you can imagine in the industry. But unfortunately, so far we've not been able to find any interested parties. So we've made as a last resort, a recommendation to the team for closure."
It's sad to see any developer go to the wall, but given the quality of its output this one hits particularly hard. Eurogamer wishes all staff well in whatever comes next.
To mark its passing, here's a small visual summary of some of the studio's finest work. Enjoy.