Bizarre Creations' former creative director, Martyn Chundley, has gone on record as saying that the takeover by Activision negatively affected the entire company.
When speaking to Edge, Chundley said: "We were always proudly independent. However, when Activision took over, we really felt that they would leave our culture alone, and for a while it was fine, but slowly the feeling did start to change."
He then went on to say that they didn't feel like they were making the games they wanted to any more, just games they were told to. "We weren't an independent studio making 'our' games anymore "“ we were making games to fill slots. Although we did all believe in them, they were more the products of committees and analysts."
It's a shame too, Bizarre had some great years developing under many different publishers, like Sega and Microsoft. Many of Bizarre's former staff have now set up their own studios.
Source: Edge Online