Codemasters shifts exclusively to racing games

Codemasters is to abandon shooter IPs like Operation Flashpoint and focus solely on racing games.

While the UK publisher will keep its name, future entries in the F1, Grid and Dirt racing franchises will be released under a new publishing label, Codemasters Racing. Its debut game will be Dirt Showdown, which today received a May 25 release date.

“We have kept our reputation for delivering best-in-class racing games,” Codemasters communications boss Rich Eddy said in a statement issued to MCV. “And best-in-class racing games is now our razor focus going forward.

“In racing, we are No.2 in Europe and that’s not good enough. We want to take racing games across multiple platforms and genres. So that players can play anytime, anywhere and on any device. Racing is our DNA, it is our heritage, it is our specialisation and it is our absolute focus going forward.”

Codemasters also announced a new online gaming hub for its racing properties called Racenet. Due to launch alongside a Dirt Showdown demo on May 1, the free community service will let players create a Driver Profile which carries across all of its future racing games. It’ll feature in-game community events and prizes, and enable the company to cross-promote its titles.

The publisher closed its internal Guildford Studio, which developed firstperson shooter Bodycount, late last year.

Earlier this month Codemasters announced plans for an ambitious expansion that will see it create 125 jobs in the UK, with the majority of the new roles to be established at its Warwickshire studio.