Updated: Apr 7, 2021
Video Games You Might Not Know Were Created In Liverpool
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The Liverpool City Region has a prosperous video games heritage with major Triple-A developers, smaller studios and indies having called the city home. Here are eight video games developed in Liverpool that you might not know where created in The Pool of Talent and gained both national and international attention.
The Playroom (2013)
This delightful Augmented Reality (AR) title was co-developed by Firesprite Studios, who are housed in Wood Street, in the heart of Liverpool City Centre. The Playroom formed part of the Astro Bot series and was a headline title for PlayStation 4 to demonstrate the use of the PlayStation Camera and the new DualShock 4 Controller. The Playroom is an AR video game that shows off the hardware vibrantly; it also showcases the Liverpool-based developer's superb capabilities.
James Bond 007: Blood Stone (2010)
Starring the Liverpudlian James Bond himself, Daniel Craig, this action-packed 3rd person shooter was developed by Bizarre Creations, released in November 2010 and published by Activision. Blood Stone was available on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 with a full-length campaign comprising of seven missions and online multiplayer modes.
In this fast-paced, neon-lit racer developed by the now legendary Liverpool developer, Bizarre Creations. The game released in May 2010 and gained exceptional reception from both players and critics, gaining either a rating of 8/10 or 9/10 from some of the most well-respected gaming magazines such as Eurogamer, Game Informer and GameSpot, as well as receiving a Metacritic score of 82%.
A sequel and more expansive franchise was planned for Blur; however, Activision who acquired Bizarre in 2007 closed the studio in February of 2011, after 23 years of gaming excellence from the Liverpudlian games company.
Goat Simulator (2014)
It was developed in collaboration with Liverpool's Lucid Games for the console ports and other UK game developers such as Double Eleven and Coffee Stain Studios. Goat Simulator is an icon of brilliant, co-operative fun; filled with purposely unpatched glitches and goat shenanigans in a chaotic and destructible open-world series.
The game's console port was developed by Lucid Games; a team of Liverpool gaming veterans made up from a selection of staff from Bizarre Creations after its closure in 2011. Their office is located in Elevator Studios in the City Centre's creative district, The Baltic Triangle.