Codemaster’s Guildford Studio – which is responsible for the poorly-received Bodycount – has begun a 30 day consultation period, at the end of which the studio will close.
The studio has also developed the Operation Flashpoint games. It would seem that instead the publisher now wants to focus its attention on racing games, given its success with franchises like Dirt and F1.
“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. The output from the studios on the Warwickshire campus and in Birmingham is on the increase with multiple continuing,” a statement issued to GamesIndustry.biz reads.
“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.”
As for the 66 staff that are affected by this closure, Codies says they’re just as welcome to apply for positions at other studios.
“Codemasters envisages that it will continue to have a number of open positions within the Racing and Online studio teams at Codemasters’ campus in Warwickshire working on Dirt, Grid, F1 Online and with the F1 team in Birmingham, which is being expanded to house a full second team working on a new racing IP.”
So it would seem that we’re not only losing a developer, but any chance of another shooter from Codemasters.