F1 2012 News

Codemasters confirms job losses, but doesn't expect Grid 2 and F1 series will be affected

UK publisher and developer Codemasters is currently in consultation with a number of staff who were told yesterday they were at risk of losing their jobs.

Codemasters confirmed to Eurogamer this morning that the proposed layoffs are not company wide, but internet reports suggest 80 people will be made redundant. A restructure of the business, with particular regard to publishing and digital, is ongoing.

A spokesperson for the company told us "it is not anticipated" that development of core PC and console games, such as Grid 2 and the annual F1 series, will be affected.

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EGXReal-life Formula One car at Eurogamer Expo

Plus playable F1 Race Stars and F1 2012.

As you may have noticed from the way Martin writes love letters to obscure corners at Spa Francorchamps at every opportunity or the almost sexual way that Oli and I tend to describe the tactility of simulated vehicular interaction with tarmac, we like driving games at Eurogamer. We especially like Formula One.

F1 2012 dated, trailered

Codemasters' F1 2012 has been dated and properly trailered with some fresh gameplay footage, with this year's official racer confirmed to be out on September 21 - just prior to the Singapore GP.

A new developer diary gives a swift runthrough of the features that adorn this year's model, including hot-laps with commentary provided by former F1 star and Toyota prototype driver Anthony Davidson, as well as a Young Driver's Test that works in place of a tutorial.

There's quite a bit more besides, which I ran down recently in our preview earlier this week. I also mistakenly had Maldonado down as a Colombian, when he is of course a Venezuelan - sorry about that, but I'm not sorry for pointing out that he's a bit rubbish.

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Codies looking to introduce classic F1 cars

"It won't be in 2012, but I wouldn't be surprised if it turns up not long after."

Codemasters is looking into bringing classic F1 to its officially licensed take on the sport, saying that while it won't make the cut for this year's game it'll likely turn up soon after.

Codemasters announces Codemasters Racing label

Codemasters announces Codemasters Racing label

Operation Flashpoint KIA as publisher focuses exclusively on racing games.

UPDATE: Codemasters has been in touch to clarify its Codemasters Racing announcement.

Codemasters remains the name of the company. Codemasters Racing is a new label, which launches alongside DiRT Showdown, and will be the home of Codies' racing brands: DiRT, F1 and GRID.

ORIGINAL STORY: Codemasters is no more: meet Codemasters Racing.

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Codemasters unveils F1 2012

Codemasters unveils F1 2012

First details on this year's model.

Codemasters has officially announced that it's working on F1 2012, with the official game of this year's season coming to Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.

The announcement comes prior to the season's opening race in Melbourne (go Kimi!), and in the wake of Codemasters' announcement earlier this week that it's secured a multi-year deal to continue its partnership with the sport.

Though few details were announced on the game, Codemasters used the occasion to unveil one of F1 2012's Young Driver Test mode, a feature inspired by the sport's real-life testing programme for up and coming talent. It'll offer a tutorial through a young driver's eyes, going step-by-step through driving a car before players get the chance to try out for a seat in one of the teams.

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