Sad news this morning. Codemasters has announced that it'll close its Guildford studio after a 30 day consultation period, with 66 staff expected to be out of a job.
Codemasters Guildford is the developer of Bodycount, the ill-starred arcade shooter that scraped a top 40 UK software charts entry earlier this week. We enjoyed it, but plenty didn't. Ed has a few theories on why.
Codemasters is redoubling its efforts in the racing genre, where it has already achieved considerable success. "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," goes the release. "The output from the studios on the Warwickshire campus and in Birmingham is on the increase with multiple continuing."
"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."
Those laid off are being encouraged to apply at the latter two 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."
OXM handed F1 2011 a 9/10 the other week.