Codemasters has opened the doors to its new state-of-the-art development studio in the heart of Birmingham, UK. The new office in the Grade II listed Alpha Tower, formerly the headquarters of regional television company ATV, is now home to the BAFTA award-winning F1 game development team which currently boasts 108 employees. The office space spans 14,000 square feet and has been equipped with the latest technology including a D-Box race simulator which delivers the ultimate driving experience. The new studio replaces The Custard Factory, where the company spent three years having previously been based in Tricorn House.
Codemasters’ ties to Birmingham dates back to the mid-1990’s, as a development studio for the now defunct Rage Software. The studio lived-on as independent developer Swordfish Studios and was acquired by Codemasters in 2008, collaborating on titles including Jonah Lomu Rugby and World Championship Rugby. The studio’s first F1 game was the BAFTA award-winning F1 2010 and the studio has produced F1 video games through to the present day.
“Birmingham continues to be a hub for attracting talented developers and, as our studio continues to expand, making Alpha Tower our new home is testament to the quality of the people who want to work for Codemasters in this incredible city,” commented Ian Flatt, Head of Studio, Codemasters Birmingham. “Creativity is at the heart of every decision we make and we wanted a new home that inspires people, offers our employees the best working facilities and enables them to fulfil their potential.”
F1 2019, the official videogame of the 2019 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, will ship a full two months earlier into the F1 season and launch worldwide on Friday 28 June 2019.