Codemasters Closing Bodycount Developer Guildford Studios, Moving Away From Shooters And Strategy To Focus On Racing
The rash of recent studio closing is surprising and has to make one wonder if some of these companies actually know what the consumer is looking for. A lot of times when a game does poorly you have to wonder who gave it the greenlight in the first place. Far too often it seems that publishers let developers work on and deliver games that they know ultimately will not be successful. The company loses money and often times close the studio that made the game. It seems like a real waste for both the company and the people that spent so much time working on it. But to the news at hand.
Codemasters has announced that it is closing its Guildford studios who’s most recent title Bodycount has been by all accounts a commercial flop with barely a 51% rating on Metacritic as of the writing of this article. The studio closing will affect roughly 66 staff. Codemasters says for their part they are deciding to focus their attention on its racing brands including DiRT, Formula One and Grid while at the same time working on brand new racing IPs.
The company has encouraged those affected from the Guildford layoffs to apply for posts in Warwickshire and Birmingham.