Midway Studios Newcastle

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Pitbull Syndicate Ltd. was founded in 1996 in Newcastle, England. In 2005, it was purchased by Midway Games and was renamed to "Midway Studios Newcastle". After the parent company went bankrupt in 2009, the studio in Newcastle was dismissed. Several of its employees then created Pitbull Studio, preserving the name.

Pitbull Syndicate

1st Logo (November 3, 1997-October 23, 2000)

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Logo: We see a circle divided into black and white sections, with the word "pitbull" attached to the right side. "SYNDICATE" is seen underneath. The head of a pitbull takes place inside the circle. The logo zooms in and flickers twice.

Technique: The logo flickering.

Music/Sounds: A pitbull's growling and barking sounds when the logo flickers. On Test Drive 4 (The first game to have this logo), it's silent.

Availability: Appeared on Demolition Racer, Blast Radius, Big Air and Test Drive 4-6. Even though Pitbull Syndicate developed it, this logo doesn't appear on Test Drive Off-Road 2/Test Drive 4X4, as it instead only has the Accolade logo.

2nd Logo (May 28-December 10, 2002)

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Logo: We see a rectangle with an angry pitbull's muzzle inside and "PSL" written in a compressed font. The logo zooms out, and the name is already written below, reading "PITBULL SYNDICATE LIMITED".

Technique: The logo zooming out.

Music/Sounds: Same as before.

Availability: Only seen on TD Overdrive: The Brotherhood of Speed (or simply Test Drive in North America), following the Atari logo.

3rd Logo (October 10, 2005-November 17, 2006)

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Logo: TBA.

Technique: TBA.

Music/Sounds: TBA.

Availability: Seen on L.A. Rush.

Midway Studios Newcastle

(2008-March 24, 2009)

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Logo: We move near a two-layered holographic wall consisting of Midway-licensed franchises. The Midway logo appears over it, with "NEWCASTLE" written below.

Technique: The holographic wall moving.

Music/Sounds: None.

Availability: Appears only on The Wheelman and its trailers.