British racing game developer Codemasters has made the surprise announcement it’s taking the Project CARS creator Slightly Mad Studios under its wing.
According to Codemasters, by joining forces with Slightly Mad Studios, the group can now cement itself on the game-making stage as a “world-leading games developer and publisher of racing games“.
The acquisition also helps create an impressive roster of racing game franchises. Codemasters already makes games in the DiRT, GRID and licensed F1 series, with Slightly Mad Studios bringing to the table the Project CARS series and “an unannounced Hollywood blockbuster title” which is most likely the rumoured Fast & Furious game.
Taking on Slightly Mad now means the ever-expanding Codemasters Group portfolio now has five game studios, and around 700 employees between them.
While Slightly Mad Studios is now a fully owned subsidiary, Codemasters says the founder and chief executive Ian Bell will retain his position at the studio.
“We are delighted to bring such an incredible racing game developer to the Codemasters family, and this unequivocally establishes us as a global powerhouse in the development of racing titles,” said Frank Sagnier, Chief Executive Officer at Codemasters. “We share the same passion and vision and our new partnership will accelerate our growth. With more streaming services coming to market and the next generation of games consoles due in 2020, this is the perfect time for Codemasters to take its next step.”
“Our combined racing games portfolio is the envy of the industry and this new partnership will enable us to learn from each other, share resources and take advantage of emerging platforms and technology,” said Ian Bell, Founder and Chief Executive at Slightly Mad Studios. “My team is excited to be joining Codemasters and we can’t wait to forge a relationship based on creativity, passion and the desire to create new racing experiences that excite and delight our communities.”