Codemasters planning Bodycount studio closure

British publisher says increased emphasis on racing IP may result in shuttering of 66-man Guildford outfit.

Codemasters Guildford hit a rocky patch late last year, what with creative director Stuart Black and general manager Adrian Bolton jumping ship prior to the release of Bodycount. That instability was reflected in the final product, as the sci-fi shooter suffered a tepid critical reception upon its eventual release two weeks ago.

Bodycount developer Codemasters Guildford is showing few signs of life.

Following that disappointing release, Codemasters has indicated that it plans to close the studio, a move that could impact up to 66 jobs. In a statement provided to CVG, Codemasters said that it has proposed closing its Guildford outfit and reallocating the resources to other internal, racing-focused studios.

"Codemasters' future product development strategy will see additional studio resource invested to extend its world-class racing portfolio," Codemasters said in its statement. "The company is increasing the size of existing development teams at its on-campus studios in Warwickshire (DiRT, GRID, F1 Online, Central Technology/EGO) while forming a further team to work alongside the F1 2011 team at its Birmingham studio on a new racing title."

"In line with the strategy, the company is proposing to retire from its facility in Guildford, most recently responsible for the shooter Bodycount," the statement continued. "If progressed, the move will affect 66 Guildford studio personnel; staff are now involved in a consultation period to discuss the proposal."

Codemasters went on to note that if it does decide to close its Guildford studio, it will encourage those impacted by the move to apply for positions at its campus in Birmingham. That studio is currently at work on a new installment in the F1 racing series and will soon be expanded to house a second team to develop a new racing IP.

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30 comments
Just-Breathe
Just-Breathe

Now Codemasters can focus on racing games again. Body Count just wasn't good enough.

woodyfr
woodyfr

It's a NEW racing IP, sorry guys it won't be a sequel to Grid but can be like it.

whitetiger3521
whitetiger3521

GRID 2!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Is the only new game that I want from these guys.

DKant
DKant

"...it will encourage those impacted by the move to apply for positions at its campus in Birmingham....." That's nice. If only more publishers could extend this courtesy to the developers they hire and fire so freely. I know this is just a "gesture", but at least they bothered to make it!

Son_of_Bmore
Son_of_Bmore

I don't like seeing this kind of stuff happen but it's not the graphics at the end people can look pass that it's the fact they're not creative

shadowkiller11
shadowkiller11

There is alot of hate towards this game but really if it wasn't for the oversaturated market it would of turned a more successful conclusion.

NoX5
NoX5

these tards are the WORST game developers in history. They release nothing but GARBAGE and charge you full price for it. I really feel for anyone who has purchased any garbage from these LIARS. I was a suckers once... never again.

pszone
pszone

i knew this wasnt going to turn out remeber last year the person made black left studio because codemasters want control od this game. well bodycount was a not gd shooter but could turn things around if they had person made black get control of this game. But at the end codemasters to blame.

Nergil
Nergil

I thought this game would turn out alright...it's kinda fun, but definitely nothing special and not worth 60 bucks by a longshot but maybe I'm just sick of shooters, idk. Anyway, where's Grid 2 codemasters? Where the HELL is Grid 2??

Rocker6
Rocker6

I expected it,Bodycount looked bad since the first time I saw it.As I always say,Codemasters should just stick to racing,their racing games are great.Other genres-mediocre at best.

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

welli think racing is what they do best...whereas the shooter market is very hard to make something stand out.

PodXCOM
PodXCOM

I got Bodycount to try to save it. (Sigh)

jollybest1
jollybest1

@Un4givingAsault i don't totally agree with you, stalker did preaty well on the pc market and bulletstorm was received well but yes cod and bf have a big chunk of the market , i don't agree with halo and gow because that games are specific to one platform and that platform has it's own market as well as Killzone........To make a good FPS with good multiplayer elements you need to do something new and it is harder and harder because it is fulll of shooters. With bf3 and mw3 coming this year next year arma 3 stalker 2 and counter strike go probably metro why would somebody release a new shooter to compete with titans like that games...We do not need more shooters we need new ideas to be implemented and revitalize the fps market like stalker did when it was released or counter strike when it was first a mod for the pc ...........No to more generic fps

charlieboomboom
charlieboomboom

Maybe i will try Bodycount, but i doubt it....U shouldnt hype a basic shooter.

akdiuuuryttt
akdiuuuryttt

looks cool and old school but yea a lil generic

Iridescent406
Iridescent406

I really didn't think that Bodycount was that bad. Shame that all those workers are getting laid off on their current jobs, best of luck to them.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

I know BodyCount didn't review well on this site, but the demo I played was actually pretty fun. Then again there isn't many games that do review well on this site, so I may have to check multiple sources just to see what the overall average is. Sucks to see people laid off though.

Un4givingAsault
Un4givingAsault

Its funny how new IP's can't just phone it in and expect people to like it because they don't have the branding. But call of duty can do it every year and still increase sales. IP's that rely heavely on the multiplayer shooter phenomina seems to begining to stagnate. With games such as cod, battlefield, halo and gears even who take up such a large portion of the multi-shooter market the attempt to introduce a new franchise, unless in sets itself apart drastically will ultimately fail.

XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

If your going to make generic, bullcrap games like Bodycount, don't expect to make it.

SwiftusMaximus
SwiftusMaximus

Yes stick to what you are good at Codemasters ,driving games. However sad to see any family lose an income ,all the best guys.

Master_Turismo
Master_Turismo

Codemasters should stick with what they do best. Racing. They really should make Grid 2.

Tomdogg
Tomdogg

This is what happens when you release sub-par games, especially after taking far too long to release them in the first place.

kweeni
kweeni

Sucks for the people that will lose their jobs but that's what you get for making crap. Codemasters should just focus on racing games...and Overlord lol. I hope there will be another Overlord some day...

blackwingzero
blackwingzero

It was a bad idea making an FPS game that is so heavily dominated by the big boys when they should have stuck with their strength's which is making high quality racing games that blow away the compition.

iamnessie
iamnessie

The studio obviously only knows how to make racing titles so they should've saved the millions spent on Bodycount. At least they didn't go the social gaming only route like a lot of other companies have.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

They never should have released this stupid game. It's an obvious hack of Bulletstorm done in a really stupid game and to be fair all Bulletstorm really has are the Killshots and most of those are funny as heck when it comes to the names.

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

Seems like a good move. I'm move interested in racing games that aren't car collecting games (Forza / GT) than yet another FPS with fbombs in it.

Diophage
Diophage

Attempting to give a *****... Attempt failed. Next time, make a better game, dudes.