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UK-based studio Codemasters has announced that they are shutting down their small, Malta-based team. They are shutting it down to focus on the racing genre doing forward.

A spokesperson for Codemasters told Eurogamer that “while it’s been great to explore projects outside of racing, we know that our hearts belong to racing in all its many glorious forms.” Codemasters feels that their success of Dirt Rally’s Early Access and the success of F1 2015 in many regions they have a solid foundation to keep moving forward in the racing genre.

The Malta-based operation for Codemasters worked on developing the recent card combat game Battle Decks. Production has wrapped on Battle Decks, and they have started the process to mold the team with their most successful UK studio allowing them to “double-down on racing to develop future titles that will demonstrate our absolute commitment to the category.”

In 2012, Codemasters released the plans to rebrand its publishing arm to reflect better its commitment to delivering the highest quality of racing games available. This announcement comes one month after the release of Overlord: Fellowship of Evil. Overlord has had a mostly negative impact so far. The negative response is a complete contrast to the extremely positive reviews to Dirt Rally. F1 2015 did not receive as many positive reviews as Dirt Rally is receiving, but it still proved to be a positive seller Codemasters.

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