Britsoft publisher Codemasters has confirmed rumours that its Guilford studio is working on a brand new first person shooter IP headed up by creative director Stuart Black – who, as has been noted, was the man behind Criterion's 2006 outing Black.
The title will be built using the EGO Game Technology Platform, which is the same engine that has powered recent hits such as Dirt 2, Race Driver: Grid and Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising.
The game's 80 man+ development team also includes former SCE London game director Tom Gillo and Andrew Wilson who previously was the senior producer of Black rock's Split/Second.
Codemasters' multi-site studio network has seen a significant rise in headcount to over 450 people and growth at the Guildford Studio is key to our overall development strategy,” Codemasters development VP Gavin Cheshire stated.
With Stuart Black's new shooter in production, deployment of EGO and key development figures heading up a highly skilled team, our Guildford facility offers great potential for development talent based in the South East who want to join a growing studio and work on original titles for our future portfolio. This current hiring phase is just the beginning as we look to build a further full team and create additional original IP on site.”
The Guilford studio is currently 12 months into its first project, which remains unannounced.