UK indie studio Relentless Software - best-known for its Buzz! series of quiz games on PlayStation 2 - has closed its doors for the final time.
Buzz! inventor Relentless Software is making three-and-a-half new games, co-founder Andrew Eades told me this afternoon - including a new game in the successful Blue Toad murder mystery series.
Sony is facing a legal headache over its Buzz! series of quiz games.
The first Buzz was a great game. No, shuddup. It's the only game my parents played last year. It's the game which people - even more so than Singstar - turned up at my house, stinking of booze, and demanded an opportunity to play. Hell, I spent the last six months in an increasingly estranged relationship with my girlfriend, but no matter how bad it got and how the hatred simmered, we could always play Buzz silently until it lightened our mood. When I finally got around to returning the game to the person I borrowed it from, we split two weeks later.
Don't dismiss Buzz. It serves its purpose well.
Buzz! The Big Quiz continues to serve the purpose. Just not quite as well.
Sony's PS2 quiz show game Buzz! is coming round for another (in the) series this March, and this time the game features eight-player support and promises to include questions on everything from film and sport to music and "Buzz's own brand of crazy general knowledge". Hopefully nothing to do with the PS2's Vector Units?
"Buzz!: The BIG Quiz" also has pictures, audio and video to support the questions, as well as new rounds like "Hitman" and returning ones like "Pass the Bomb". There'll also be more chances to nick points from your foes, and more "help" from "Buzz's celebrity friends"
Sony takes Buzz the character relatively seriously, of course. "After the success of my groundbreaking new format show Buzz!: The Music Quiz, I knew that SCEE would soon be back knocking at my door. I have of course had other offers but am delighted to stay with my friends at SCEE... of course this is about more than money, it's about giving full flow to my creative genius!" said, er, Buzz.