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OpFlash, DiRT, GRID sequels on way

Plus a "massive" unannounced EGO 2.0 title.

New Operation Flashpoint, DiRT and Race Driver: GRID games are in production, Codemasters has confirmed.

The UK-based developer also teased a "massive" new game based on the latest evolution of its EGO engine technology.

"In Southam it's full steam ahead with the next iteration in our Flashpoint series, as well as the next DiRT and GRID. It'll be interesting to see how it all pans out," senior vice president of production Jamie MacDonald told Develop.

Simulation shooter Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising received a warm but not scorching reception upon its debut last October and hopes will be high that its successor can build on that result.

DiRT 2 scored highly last September while the older GRID, released in May 2008, was a critical darling and first brought us the race-rewind feature that became so useful in subsequent driving games such as Forza Motorsport 3 from Turn 10.

Elsewhere in the interview, MacDonald's colleague, VP of studios Gavin Cheshire, suggested that investment in technology would be critical to the success of the Southam titles and indeed F1 2010, due out this September.

"The next F1 will show where EGO has got to at this stage," he said. "I think people will agree that it has probably got the best weather of any game ever seen. It is very powerful, but is also in an intricate stage right now."

Offering a glimpse of the future, he added: "We are focused on EGO 2.0 at the moment, which will be coming in with a massive title that we can't talk about just yet. That will really keep us cutting-edge." Bring back Dizzy!

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