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Unreleased Racer from Bizarre Creations – Blur 2

Hello folks,

Some Blur 2 development footage was released by Bizarre Creations former art director Chris Davie, a couple of days ago on his Blog. The video(s) show what could have become the follow-up to 2010’s epic racing game Blur. Particularly one of the video(s) shows a level in Dubai which looks quite impressive and another one another one shows a level called Brighton Storm. Now, Activision didn’t seem to like that at all and shut down the videos on Youtube, meh!!! Chris erased any traces of the posts on his blog… Don’t we like Activision… More COD and chips, please, NOT!!! I salvaged what I could for your enjoyment. I will add more to the post if I can get more off Tumblr 🙂

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The Brighton level was in Blur already, this is what Chris had to say on the first video:

‘We took tech and assets from Blur, and used them to try out some new ideas. This video shows us trying out some new visual effects, partly just because we thought it would be cool, and partly to see how more intense effects would effect the player’s experience (i.e. is driving through a storm shooting and dodging weapons fun and exciting or stupid and annoying),’

One of the videos, the Dubai level, survived on YouTube, there are quite a few copies lying around, here is one of them, Kudos to the uploader 😉 :

The Dubai level looks really impressive, shame nobody will ever be able to touch it 😦

“We were using a whole new engine at this point that had been developed internally, it was really nice tech that we sadly never got to ship a game with. When we were told the project was being canned and that the studio was facing closer, I bloody mindedly decided to keep working on the art on this track, so much work had gone into the game already, it seemed a shame that nobody would get to play a finished track, even the dev team, so my goal was to get this Dubai track as close to final as I could before the lights went out for good.”

More screenshots:

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That’s all I have for now, I think looking back at the footage and the screenshots, it’s a real shame Blur 2 never saw the light of the day, I did Beta test the initial Blur, found it really fun but for some reasons I didn’t end up buying it… Shame on me… As soon as I get a chance I will get a copy though… Time to dust off MSR and PGR, Bizarre you are sorely missed ;(