Codemasters announces new studio

New development facility in Surrey opens its doors with Adrian Bolton at the helm.

UK publisher and developer Codemasters has opened a new studio in Guildford, Surrey, bringing its total number of studios to three. The new studio, imaginitively named Codemasters Studios Guildford, will be headed up by Adrian Bolton, previously development director for Electronic Arts Criterion, which is known principally for the Burnout series.

Codemasters Studios Guildford is currently recruiting "with an emphasis on programming" and is aiming for a total of 35 staff this year, with more hires predicted in the future.

The company's headquarters is in Southam, Warwickshire, and it also has the art-focused Codemasters Studios Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Games developed by Codemasters include DiRT, Brian Lara International Cricket 2007, and TOCA Race Driver 3.

The new studio will first be collaborating with the other two offices on projects including Race Driver One and Operation Flashpoint 2, and expand to start developing its own intellectual properties from 2008.

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26 comments
bananas
bananas

I second slayaz comments. Adrian is very competent, but sadly has minuscule wedding vegetables. And he's rubbish at Bomberman - but you can't have everything.

slayaz
slayaz

Adrian is a lovely guy and totally deserves it. Shame he is so small in the trouser department

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

With Mr. Bolton leading them, I think we can expect some decent things from them, even if it is only programing.

Betaslayer
Betaslayer

after the good jobs they did with overlord and dirt im glad

masterCylinder
masterCylinder

PLZ let OPF 2 be as awesome as the first!!! so many hours with that game, so much fun!!!

yaminoshadow
yaminoshadow

woah, i never knew there was ever a game studion in malaysia for all the time i lived there!

NagasH_Malkavia
NagasH_Malkavia

I hope they make Micro Maniacs for next gen systems, we still play that game @ club. 8 player fun. O:!

runstalker
runstalker

They sold a ton of DiRT, decent amount of Overlord, and both Jericho and Turning Point: Fall of Liberty look very interesting this fall. Codemasters is slowly making a comeback.

StephenHu
StephenHu

I hope they stop using Starforce

Bloodhawk_DX
Bloodhawk_DX

Operation Flashpoint 2, huh? Interesting...

Prtofdacrowd
Prtofdacrowd

Yey Codemasters returns after hiding for a...few years...i think its a few!

azizrulez
azizrulez

codemasters have suddenly upped their game recently, they went into hibernation mode for a few years but seem like they mean business now

Agreb91
Agreb91

Awesome studio name by the way. ;)

Riddle015
Riddle015

Flashpoint looks just like socom or Ghost recon advanced warfighters.

playstation_wii
playstation_wii

Hopefully, the games will be better because of this! :D

Pastehunter
Pastehunter

Will this help Codemasters ? Doubt it :?

HK-47-M4
HK-47-M4

Good maybe if they can make some good games other developers (I'm looking at you EA!) will put more effort into their games.

manmade
manmade

i live in guildford and more and more studios are coming here. lion head, criterion, EA and now codemasters.

waza000
waza000

codemasters doesn't make good games they cut the corners A LOT

Jokul
Jokul

Excellent news, more and more places are opening which will hopefully mean more and more games for us all

NinjaMunkey01
NinjaMunkey01

cool. more developers means more games which to me is good. good lick newbies.

ashuncc2
ashuncc2

I wish the new studio well. It's always good to see more developers. Hopefully, they will pump out some decent games.