Codemasters' EGO has landed

Proprietary middleware behind Colin McRae: DiRT is renamed; set to power upcoming Race Driver title, GRID.

The proprietary middleware game engine previously known as Neon is now to be referred to as EGO. The Codemasters engine is under the hood of Colin McRae: DiRT, and is also being used in the upcoming titles Race Driver: GRID and Operation Flashpoint 2: Dragon Rising.

The middleware is the base technology used in DiRT, drives the new damage and physics systems in GRID, and is used for the huge battlegrounds in Operation Flashpoint 2.

Bryan Marshall, chief technology officer at Codemasters Studios, commented, "Particularly for Operation Flashpoint 2, we simply could not fulfill the ambitions we have for the game with any off-the-shelf middleware; certainly not one that enabled us to develop across the major fifth generation consoles simultaneously with PC, rather than as an afterthought, and no one was doing that."

EGO has been three years in development at Codemasters. The company decided to rename the engine to better "befit its accomplishments and future potential."

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46 comments
goppizzi
goppizzi

we're still waiting for the release date of operation flash point 2. plssssss

beatles5
beatles5

I loved the first ofp. I cant wait till the 2nd one comes out.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Operation Flashpoint will tottally rock, and if its anything like the Original PC version (realism wise etc) it will make a lot of FPS devs very envious, as well as showing them how to make a trully great 'Modern Combat' shooter.

Delta-1984
Delta-1984

Will this bee like TOCA 3 or more like DiRT???

shazam_lp
shazam_lp

Codemasters > EA. Rock on guys! GRiD is a game that just won't be able to fail. I cannot wait to race using my Logitech G25 Racing wheel!

iminsanescott
iminsanescott

CodeMasters can't screw this up... i just cant wait. YEA! Another fun racing game! Bring on the competition!

brain20035
brain20035

Operation Flashpoint, DiRT, Overlord,etc. I love this company!!

kaziechameleon
kaziechameleon

what i want to know is will the multiplayer suck like dirt?

Philo350
Philo350

The graphics in the trailer looked really good. But i reckon it will look like NFS prostreet, not good. Prostreet crashes were ****

jaflash
jaflash

I don't like it graphics look like pgr4 but with game play of toca and damage but im not sure the graphics in that trailer are like the graphics in the dirt intro fake so we will see

renknram
renknram

OFP2: RR & RACE DRIVER: GRID are on my most wanted List, As Makavelo mentioned "wide open areas that you can explore, not like many of the shooters today that got small open areas". & everything is interactive on the Battlefield, what you see or come across you use. I never bothered with Armed Assault, as I still play OFP: GOTY still to this present day, OFP2 : RR will be a BIG HIT!!!

mechworrior762
mechworrior762

OF2 looks pretty good so far. I'll be keeping an eye on it.

Makavelo
Makavelo

I like OF because of the wide open areas that you can explore, not like many of the shooters today that got small open areas.

hardworker321
hardworker321

Operation Flashpoint 2 looks like a very interesting game and one to keep an eye on.

NND1
NND1

I love street racing...

tjdeep_2007
tjdeep_2007

dirt rockss..........but still codemasters need to improve their games quality..........

GunGriffin
GunGriffin

Yeah CodeMasters rocks! They know how to make killer Raceing games thats for sure! I just hope there next PS3 game is a Motostorm2 not another Drit game. I mean that was a good looking game and all, but it had no real online play with other players ingame. They tryed to be more competitive then fun, and it failed big time.

munkymatt
munkymatt

I've always been a fan of codemasters and own the majority of there games. I rate Dirt highly although after hearing about codemasters recent law suits against individuals, including many minors, for downloading their games via file sharing sites, I have lost respect for them. I am against illegal downloads of games as it is clearly damaging the industry but threatening people with court action if they don't pay codemasters a fine ranging from £500-£5000 ($1000-$10000) is not the right way about stopping it in my opinion. Bankrupting hundreds of familys a month before christmas is hardly going to give Codemasters a good public image.

sharpshooter188
sharpshooter188

after codemasters little stunt with the "charging for cheat codes" on jericho i dont think im gonna be buying anything from them for a while. not that one person really matters but..ya know.. had to rant.

Dryker
Dryker

Ok... Now use that supposed powerhouse of an engine to give us a next-gen Micro Machines. Now that would be cool.

mashom
mashom

after successfuly DIRT we have GRID, good to know codyyyy

Star_Wars117
Star_Wars117

OFP2 is going to be GOTY for 2008. Its simply amazing,

turb06
turb06

GRID should be great. Hopefully the vehicle dynamics are as good as Forza 2's.

Mercanis
Mercanis

Just don't let your "ego" get in the way. Zing!

Rob_101
Rob_101

DiRT was tons of fun. GRID and operation flashpoint look very good and I can't wait to play them :D

postbox
postbox

wow! i hope they will design operation flashpoint for the console not the pc.

default9308
default9308

DiRT is my favorite racer on the 360. Definitely pumped about GRID

jamesallenyz431
jamesallenyz431

i was hoping they would release some downloadable content for DiRT, i dont think im gonna get GRID. the racing was awesome on dirt but there wasnt alot of it

polsci1503
polsci1503

DiRT looked great... will look into GRID.

Coldkilla9
Coldkilla9

When I got the email update I thought there really was some OFP2 news... ARRR!!

TECMONGOOSE
TECMONGOOSE

Odd how many people link EGO to Dirt. I have to admit this is a great game. But what we seem to forget is the impact this will have of the successor of THE best war sim ever made, OFP. Though Armed Assault was a nice snack in between, Codemasters will definately amaze us by going a couple of steps further. For all you sim fans out here, keep an eye on OFP2 as the BF series and everything alike will turn pale when this jewel hits the stores Goose

StanBlocker
StanBlocker

A new name on a great engine. DiRT looked great and the screens from GRID look even better. Eager to see videos from that game. Nice backgrounds and scenery too. If the damage system is as good ad DiRT then some then that's fantastic. Especially when it comes to multiplayer game types.

KingKoop
KingKoop

Cool, it should go into competition with Criterion's Burnout engine and Rockstar's RAGE. It'll be interesting.

Spartan1017
Spartan1017

awesome, grid looks pretty sweet and codemasters has been around forever, so, well, um, i don't what else to say. w00t!

MasterChief725
MasterChief725

GRID looks awesome. Since my boycott of EA, I am missing out on burnout, and this game will help make up for it

uklegendkiller
uklegendkiller

Looks like great things are on the horizon for codemasters the engine behind dirt was fantastic. So i'm expecting great things from them.

Drower
Drower

So, does that mean we will get StarForce in OFP2?

LoSeL
LoSeL

Multicore and vista 64 suport?!?

Shmoe82
Shmoe82

I don't care what they call it. Its a great game.

dn3datomiced
dn3datomiced

The engine behind DiRT? Ooooooh. That was a pretty engine!

gmax
gmax

A name to live up to, maybe...