Closure beckons for Codemasters Guilford

Codemasters has announced that it is proposing to retire” its Guildford based development studio.

The most recent game to come from the outfit was console and PC FPS Bodycount, which has proved to be both a critical and commercial flop.

66 people are employed by the studio, all of whom are currently engaged in a 30-day consultation period that will likely end in the facility’s closure.

Those affected are being invited to apply for roles in Codemasters’ Warwickshire studio, which is home to its racing IPs such as DiRT, GRID and F1 Online.

Codemasters Birmingham is currently engaged with F1 2011 and a new, unannounced racing IP.

As Codemasters looks to take greater leadership in the racing category, the company is proposing a studio structure that adds resource and strengthens our best-in-class racing teams,” a Codemasters spokesperson stated.

The output from the studios on the Warwickshire campus and in Birmingham is on the increase with multiple continuing game series, brand extensions and new racing IPs in production.

Both the Warwickshire and Birmingham studios have won BAFTAs for their critically acclaimed, multi-million selling titles and the company is adding resource to ensure they constantly over achieve in this competitive sector.”

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