Outrun Arcade studio snaffles the Blur lead designer

Bizarre Creations maestro joins Sumo

Gareth Wilson, the former game design manager at closed Liverpool outfit Bizarre, is said to have quickly found a new job at Sheffield studio Sumo Digital.

When at Bizarre, Wilson worked as a lead designer on both the Project Gotham series and Blur. News site CVG says he will act as chief games designer at Sumo – a studio with a pedigree in racing games.

Sumo, part of the Foundation 9 studio empire, has work on a wealth of racing games including Outrun Online Arcade and F1 2009.

Bizarre Creations closed its doors last week after Activision failed to secure a buyer for the studio.

It was put up for sale in November following disappointing sales of its acclaimed racer, Blur.

Activision Worldwide Studios COO, Coddy Johnson, alleged that a number of studios interested in buying Bizarre had held back so they could instead hire laid off staff.

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