Black Rock Studio

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


Black Rock Studio was a Brighton-based video game studio, originally founded in 1998 by Tony Beckwith as "Pixel Planet" and acquired by the Climax Group a year later. It was purchased by Buena Vista Games (later Disney Interactive Studios) in September 2006 while the studio was named "Climax Racing". Under its new name, it produced two games, PURE and Split/Second, but then went through layoffs in early 2011 despite the games selling well. Their planned sequels were cancelled as well, and the studio was announced to be fully closed by Disney on June 30, 2011.

1st Logo (September 16, 2008)

Visuals: There is a dusty road from top view, where a car passes by, leaving no trail behind. Another car follows and prints the trail with the Black Rock Studio logo inside. The logo flashes on a black screen and shines before fading out.

Technique: CGI.

Audio: Sounds of engines and a bang.

Availability: Seen on PURE.

2nd Logo (May 18, 2010)

Visuals: There is the 2007 Disney Interactive Studios logo, which flickers violently in white noise and color effects, and turns into the Black Rock Studio logo from before as it shakes; now seen in 3D and turned slightly as it pans to another side. The shine appears on the peak. Then the logo flickers and vanishes.

Technique: CGI.

Audio: An aerial electronic sound with distorted squeaks.

Availability: Seen on Split/Second.

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