Codemasters to focus purely on racing games

New label, Codemasters Racing, to launch alongside DiRT Showdown

Codemasters is ceasing development on all non-racing titles, abandoning the Bodycount and Operation Flashpoint IPs in favour of sequels to F1, GRID and DiRT. There are no future plans to develop any non-racing titles at the company's studios.

A new label, Codemasters Racing, will be launched alongside the forthcoming DiRT Showdown, although the company name remains Codemasters. All future releases are believed to be coming from this racing label.

"Racing is the absolute razor focus for all titles currently in development and those slated for future development across the studios in Warwickshire and Birmingham," said a Codies spokesperson.

"The focus is an exclusive one, there are no other genre properties in development at this time; racing is everything. We are also increasing headcount across the operation, which currently employs around 700. We are expanding the teams by a further 100+ development positions, which are opening over the course of the year across the sites."

Accompanying the launch of Showdown on 25 May will be a new racing game portal, Race Net. This will give players the opportunity to create a single, persistent driving persona which carries across all Codemasters Racing titles.

Also attached to that profile will be achievements and the chance to compete in various community events. A preview version of the site will accompany Showdown's 1 May demo.

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Pier Castonguay Programmer 5 years ago
If they create a new engine just like they did with GRID years ago it will be wonderful. I just hate how they re-used the same engine for over 10 games afterward.
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robert troughton Managing Director, Coconut Lizard5 years ago
They should add "Racing" to the end of every game's name - like they did decades ago with the "Simulator" series (
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Terence Gage Freelance writer 5 years ago
I'm still waiting for GRID 2! /Taps foot.

I can see the logic behind this though - Codies have had some very mixed success with other genres, so why not play to your strengths? On the other hand, it's a shame they're now limiting their horizons and abandoning other genres.
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Morville O'Driscoll Blogger & Critic 5 years ago
I can see why they're focusing on racers, but it's just a shame they're not looking at doing a "proper" rally game. Dirt is more Sega Rally than a true rally game, like Colin McRae or Richard Burns Rally. F1 I find "meh", which just leaves Grid.
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Fran Mulhern , Recruit3D5 years ago
I loved their Flashpoint games:(
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Liam Wong5 years ago
I was always a big fan of the Flashpoint games as well, though Codies know how to make racing games for sure :) DIRT 2 is my favourite racing game and I'm not even really a big fan of cars!
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Jamie Read 3D Artist, Neon Play Ltd5 years ago
I don't think Bodycount or Operation Flashpoint were as successful as they imagined, it just seemed they felt like FPS's were popular, so they decided to jump on the bandwagon. In my opinion, Codemasters' racing games are definitely their strongest titles in recent memory, so it makes sense to stick to those for the time being.
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Alex Byrom Studying Multiplayer Online games design, Staffordshire University5 years ago
Yeah i would love a grid 2 please have split screen co-op every racing game needs it
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Luke Harris Studying BSC Computing, Open University5 years ago
I love their racing games and like the way they keep improving the game engine. Splitting into Showdown and Rally is a good idea in my view. More rallies with earlier F1 season expansion packs please with more difficulty levels is a must in my opinion.
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Fran Mulhern , Recruit3D5 years ago
No, Flashpoint didn't get the reception they hoped - neither of them. It's a shame because they were actually very solid games and, IMO, much better than the likes of COD in single player and co-op. Hey ho. Maybe the name will be resurrected down the line - BI's titles just don't do it for me.
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