After EA’s successful acquisition of developer Codemasters last year, we knew we were in for a racing bonanza of sorts. Codemasters is known for its consistent work in the genre, and now that the studio is part of EA, the publisher has a fairly robust line of racing games in the pipeline.
We already knew some of them, like the WRC series and the sequel to the F1 games, but a new one computer report describes a whopping six racing games currently in development at EA. Not all of these are edited by Codemasters, but their contributions certainly strengthen this lineup.
First, project cars 4. This one is born from an acquisition within an acquisition, as Codemasters has acquired Slightly Mad Studios before they are bought by EA itself. In any case, the series will now run under the EA banner and will reportedly return to its hardcore sim roots as a next-gen-only game. However, the report states that this is not expected before 2024.
World Rally Championship
Another, born of a deal before a deal, is the WRC series. Back in 2020, Codemasters secured the rights to develop the Rally franchise from 2023 onwards. As KT Racing has done for the past few years, Codemasters reportedly plans to convert this to a year, giving us a game every year from 2023 to 2027 could see.
The report also states that the developer is moving to Unreal Engine with this one and that a separate mobile game is also being reviewed. If you’re a rally fanatic, it looks like you’re covered for the years to come.
F1 is another annual series, and Codemasters is still at the top even after the EA deal. F1 2022 has already been announced for this summer, but the following game sounds really interesting. F1 2023 is reportedly a true next-gen experience and could even add a more in-depth lifestyle mode called “F1 WORLD”. Sounds interesting!
Finally two Need speed Titles are said to be in the works. The one we know about – which Criterion and Codemasters Cheshire are working on – set for release later this year after the series has been on a bit of a hiatus since Need for Speed Heat. Second, a mobile title is also said to be in the works, using Heat as a launch pad for its multiplayer-focused open world.
There’s a lot to do here, and it looks like racing fans have a lot of upcoming titles to look forward to. However, there is some disappointing news in this report. It sounds like GRID and Burnout have been put on hold as neither series is currently in the works at publisher EA, the report said.
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