Last year Digbeth welcomed one of the biggest UK based game developers to the midlands. Codemasters moved to Birmingham and was seen as a massive boost for the area. Since then Codemasters has gone from strength to strength. Last year, F1 2016 was a massive success exceeding its sales expectations and gaining critical acclaim. In 2017, the developer is set to grow even further with two major announcements coming from the company this month.
The first is the newly announced Micro Machines World Series which will be releasing on all major platforms in April 2017. The original game was legendary back in the early gaming console days and many still have a soft spot for the classic franchise. The newest entry in the franchise is set to retain the social play that made the original series such frantic fun and bring it into modern times. Building upon the highly successful mobile version that launched last year, Micro Machines World series will feature 12 player online multiplayer support along with 4 player split screen. The game will also feature brand new, never before seen racing environments and a huge range of customisation options featuring some of Hasbro’s biggest brands including Nerf and G.I. Jo. All the classic game modes are present and there are even some new ones including a brand new Battle Mode. Codemasters have released a trailer to celebrate the announcement of the newest entry in the franchise.
Codemasters also announced that it is moving into the realm of virtual reality games with a new update for DiRT Rally being released for Playstaion VR in the coming weeks. The new update makes all the in-game cars, modes, tracks and more compatible with the virtual reality headset. The new updates also includes a social element to the VR experience allowing a second player to join in using a DualShock 4 controller to operate as the role of co-driver. Codemasters released a new video to show off the feature running on the Playstation VR.
It seems the newest games developer in Birmingham has got its hands full for now but 2017 promises to be a packed year for fans of the developer. These announcements mark the start of the year of a very busy year and that is before we look to the next Formula 1 racing game instalment from the Birmingham based office. We look forward to seeing more from Codemasters in the coming year.