“Significant interest” shown in buying Free Radical

Friday, 19th December 2008 15:38 GMT By Patrick Garratt


As reported by Edge, Free Radical’s administrator – Resolve – has claimed there’s already been good interest in buying the developer.

“We are very confident that we will achieve a sale if we decide to market the business,” said spokesman for Resolve, Cameron Gunn.

“It’s a testament to the employees and the regard of the company that a significant interest has already been shown.”

That report says that “well over 100” people have already left the firm, and that a number of companies were in Free Radical’s home city of Nottingham yesterday to pay condolences and network with the staff.

Realtime Worlds, Codemasters, Monumental and Eurocom all had a presence in the area, according to sources.

Free Radical was confirmed as having gone into administration last night. Staff arrived at the company’s offices to find them locked yesterday.



  1. GordonR

    Realtime Worlds are in Dundee, which is – last I checked – a long way from Nottingham. I assume the Edge report actually means Rebellion, who have the old Core Design studio in Derby, very close to Nottingham.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. mart

    “Realtime Worlds are in Dundee, which is – last I checked – a long way from Nottingham”

    He doesn’t mean RTW is in Nottingham, just that someone from RTW was there. At least I think so.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. GordonR

    Yeah, reading it back, I thought the same thing. It’s not very well put, though.

    Yesterday, whoever wrote the Edge report on the FDR collapse still didn’t even seem to realise Core Design had been bought over by Rebellion more than 2 years ago.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Robo_1

    I think Codemasters would be a good fit with FRD. Timesplitters 4 has got to be worth something.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. FatFreddy

    It is Realtime Worlds that are in Nottingham today/tonight – Dundee’s actually not that far away, and take a look at the website to see we’re constantly on the lookout for as many good people as we can find.

    #5 6 years ago

    Yeah, it’s only about 400 miles.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Psychotext

    Without being harsh… would you want them after arguably most of their best staff left / got poached? Unless you’re after the IP of course, but you might as well pick that up off the corpse rather than buy the whole company.

    Wow, that was a depressing paragraph. :(

    #7 6 years ago

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