EA has formally completed its $1.2 billion acquisition of Codemasters, and has confirmed to IGN that it will be treating the company's studios as an 'independent group', making their own games.
We’ll see how long it last before they’re adding microtransactions or making battlefield maps.
If EA really is letting them sit in the drivers seat... please bring back motorstorm and driveclub.
Impossible since those are Sony IP, And it's not like Codemasters hired every member of evoution studios. Who knows which former evo employees were even left at the time of this Codemasters purchase
Fair enough. Then hopefully EA lets them take some liberties in making some racing games that take inspiration from those others.
Some of them went with former Liverpool Studios (Psygnosis) staff and formed Lucid Games who made Destruction Allstars. I'd prefer if Sony would licence the MotorStorm, WipEout and Driveclub IPs to Lucid as they have the experience with them
Both are Sony IPs and I doubt very much they'd licence them to EA. If anything, they'd be more likely to hand them to Lucid
They'll be "independent" until EA says otherwise. I hate when companies say things like "they will stay independent" when we know that's a lie. There is no such thing as independent if someone owns your or has control over your finances. Period. I just wish companies would stop with this PR farce of independence that clearly doesn't exist.
Independent that won't last long especially when you are owned by two letters EA they are the grim reaper of studios.
Closely followed by Microsoft, who aren't known for nurturing acquired studios either, they're more interested in the IP than the studio itself
Most (not all) of the studios were shut because they made terrible games. For example, people on here love to pine over Visceral but other than Dead Space 1, they churned out out a bunch of average crap over the years. Fun fact, Sony have shut more studios than Microsoft. Most of them justified. If you make bad games and you're not an indie studio, you aren't going to survive, regardless who your parent company is.
For a period of time. I am so disappointed in Codemasters. There's less and less independent UK developers now, always selling out to bigger companies. Soon the UK games industry will be non-existent
Same as US really. All are owned by mega corps. No small devs anymore.
It is amazing Codemasters survived so long as an indie. They were smart to concentrate on racing games since the start of ps3/360 gen as it really allowed them to focus on a niche that they were clearly very good at. Not many left though (as independent) from the days when I grew up in the early 90s though. Team17 spring to mind.. can't think of any others..
Sounds same as Bethesda they retain self publishing rights. Would love to see a new NFS Shift by code masters. Also how about a new Dizzy 🥚 game not had that ip for yonks
Sure Like Maxis, Bullfrog, WestWood,... Rip codemaster
RIP Codemasters. 😢
F1 2021, bat-mobile dlc incoming.
I wish Codemasters would release a decent MicroMachines game. The last good one they made was V3 on the PS1! Not much chance of that happening now :-(
Ha, yeah, independent until they close you down or run all of your good employees out the door.
Don't care. Not paying EA another penny of my money until 2095. All companies under their umbrella are dead to me and if they happen to make some good games & if I happen to cop a free copy or a used copy of it off craigslist then that's cool.
Independent they said. HAHAHAHAHAHA. That's a good one.
Does anyone believe that? I don't...
They still believe in this bullshit of remaining independent? lol you can't go independent with some else's money.
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