Codies are a now a subsidiary of Take-Two (pic: Codemasters)
One of many oldest and largest impartial builders within the UK is to be bought to Take-Two, giving them management of Dust and the F1 licence.
Nearly all of the UK video games trade has been owned by outdoors firms for many years now, with Uncommon a subsidiary of Microsoft, Tomb Raider writer Eidos purchased out by Sq. Enix, and GTA creators DMA Design acquired by Take-Two and become Rockstar North.
And now the identical factor has occurred to Codemasters, one of many nation’s longest surviving builders, who’ve agreed on an acquisition take care of Take-Two for $994 million (£750 million).
Take-Two claims that Codemasters’ racing video games might be, ‘extremely complementary to our sports activities portfolio and improve additional our group’s long-term development’.
It’s unclear whether or not the Codemasters will stay outstanding, however the way in which Take-Two are speaking it seems like their video games may turn out to be a part of the 2K sports activities label.
Dirt 5 was launched solely this month however Codemasters additionally owns the F1 licence, and is well-known for franchises equivalent to Grid, Toca, and, within the 16-bit period, Micro Machines.
Codemasters additionally just lately acquired Undertaking Automobiles and Quick & Livid Crossroads developer Barely Mad Studios, which Take-Two can even now personal.
Higher recognized to its followers as Codies, the developer was established in 1986 by the Darling brothers and was initially recognized for budget-priced video games the place the builders themselves wrote the glowing evaluate quotes on the again of the field.
Collaborating with the Oliver Twins, Codemasters additionally printed the Dizzy video games after which moved onto the Micro Machines franchise and the notorious Recreation Genie cheat cartridge that noticed them unsuccessfully sued by Nintendo.
Within the transition from the 16-bit period to the trendy Codemasters started specialising in sports activities video games equivalent to Pete Sampras Tennis and Brian Lara Cricket, earlier than ultimately focusing virtually completely on racing video games.
Main acquisitions equivalent to this have already turn out to be a serious characteristic of the brand new era, with Microsoft having just lately bought Bethesda for $7.5 billion and hinting that they’re on the look out for Japanese companies as well.
Sony has additionally mentioned that they’re contemplating new purchases, because the video games trade appears destined for a interval of speedy consolidation.
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