Codies adds new Surrey studio

Ben Parfitt
Codemasters has opened a new UK development studio.
Joining the publisher’s existing operations in Southam and Kuala Lumpur, Codemasters Studios Guildford is headed up by Adrian Bolton who was previously development director for EA Criterion. Bolton will report to Gavin Cheshire, VP of Codemasters Studios.

The studio will initially target a staff level of around 35, with an emphasis on programming resource. Codemasters Studios already boasts some 255 staff, with 185 on site at the Britsoft publisher’s Southam HQ and a further 70 at the art-focused site in Malaysia.

The Guildford team will initally collaborate with Southam and Kuala Lumpur on key projects such as Race Driver ONE and Operation Flashpoint 2, and with the company’s central technology group which is responsible for the company’s proprietary middleware engine Neon.

“Following our investment announcements and recent product successes, it is clear to see that these are very exciting times for everyone within the expanding Codemasters Studios group,” said Cheshire.

“With Codemasters Studios in Southam, Kuala Lumpur and now Guildford, we can continue to grow our business and bring additional titles to the portfolio. We look forward to welcoming a new wave of development talent to Codemasters as we continue to grow both our product range and technology assets with projects such as Neon.”

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