Fans of high-octane, heart pumping and action packed racing will likely remember Blur—a racer developed by the daredevil minds of Bizarre Creations. Back in February 2011, the UK based game studio was officially shutdown, but not without some work left on the table.
Two videos showcasing promising tech and an expansion on the Blur universe have been revealed by former Bizarre Creations art director, Chris Davie.
The first video titled, “Brighton Storm Prototype”, details some new visual effects the team were testing, as well as some early gameplay additions and changes:
“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).
So we built a load of big storm effects into the Brighton level from Blur and did some fancier animated turn markers.
The ‘Shunt’ power up also got an overhaul from the big red ball in Blur, to a big refractive energy pulse here. This new one would throw tear up the road as it homed in on its target, leaving a trail of broken tarmac and scattered, twisted lampposts.”
The second piece of footage features a Dubai level that was closer to the unannounced, unfinished project’s alpha stage. This was to be the last piece worked on at Bizarre Creations, and Chris Davie fought to get the level finished as one last memory for the team:
“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.”
The track shows off some nifty tech powered by Bizarre’s brand new engine, but sadly, we will likely never see it used to its full potential.