Codemasters Closing Guildford Bodycount Studio
Written Wednesday, September 14, 2011 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
Staff working at Bodycount developer Codemasters Guildford were called to a meeting earlier today in which they were informed that Codemasters is proposing closure of the studio, closing down its action and strategy teams to focus more on successful racing IPs like DiRT and F1 at the company's Birmingham and Southam studios, with the Birmingham studio expanding to include a second team.
"The company is proposing to retire from its facility in Guildford, most recently responsible for the shooter Bodycount," Codies confirmed in an official statement issued to Games Industry.biz. "If progressed, the move will affect 66 Guildford studio personnel; staff are now involved in a consultation period to discuss the proposal."
The Guildford studio also worked on Operation Flashpoint, but its most recent project, Bodycount was poorly received - we gave it 55 out of 100 in our own review - and went on to achieve disappointing sales numbers. Some staff from the closing Guildford studio will be able to apply for jobs with in the company though, as noted in the same official statement.
"In the event that staff working within the Guildford site are affected by the current proposals, they will be encouraged to apply for suitable positions on campus and in the Birmingham studio," it states.
Bodycount launched on August 23rd in North America and September 2nd in Europe.