Codemasters Closes Guildford Studio As Game Sales Lag

By Alastair Stevenson on September 14, 2011, 1:46PM EDT
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Veteran British games development studio Codemasters has revealed plans to close its Guildford off-shoot, putting as many as 70 jobs at risk.

Codemasters revealed its plans regarding the Guildford studio earlier today. It clarified the move was intended to allow the company to increase investment in its Birmingham and Warwickshire studios.

"Codemasters' future product development strategy will see additional studio resource invested to extend its world-class racing portfolio.

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

The decision was reportedly made after the Guildford studio's games continued to underwhelm critics and consumers. Most recently, despite a large development and advertising budget the studio's Bodycount title failed to break into the UK top 20 in its opening week.

Following its announcement Codemasters did not clarify how many of the studio's staff would remain employed with it stating: "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."

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