Codemasters grabs F1 license, new game next year

By Patrick Garratt, Friday, 9 May 2008 09:40 GMT

Codemasters has acquired the F1 license, with the first game based on the franchise shipping for 360 and PS3 in the new year.

“Formula One is ambitious in expanding its reach with more circuits planned beyond recent additions in the Middle East and China. It is also ambitious in expanding its reach via technology,” said Codemasters CEO Rod Cousens.

“As a world-leading creator of driving games, this alliance with F1 is the jewel in Codemasters’ racing crown and creates an undisputed segment champion.”

Chris Deering, Codemasters chairman, added: “Codemasters’ success and recent innovations in the racing game space makes the company more than appropriately tuned for the challenge. The combination of F1’s new momentum of expansion and Codemasters’ contemporary technology and past experience is the breaking of a new dawn for the sport, on the track and on the HD game screen.”

The company has also revealed that an update version of EGO (DIRT) engine will be used to drive the game.

By Mike Bowden

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