EA Completes Codemasters Acquisition

Electronic Arts announces the completion of their acquisition of Codemasters, saying they paid approximately $1.2 billion for the purchase. They say this establishes "a new global powerhouse for racing videogames and entertainment." Here's more on their wedding vows:
The combination of Electronic Arts and Codemasters marks an exciting new era in racing game entertainment. Bringing together two of the most passionate, creative and talented game developer and publishing organizations in the industry will enable further growth and continued success for a stable of the most powerful and popular racing brands in the world, including Formula 1®, Need for Speed, DIRT, DiRT Rally/WRC, GRID, Project CARS, Real Racing and more. With this critically acclaimed portfolio, Electronic Arts and Codemasters will be positioned to bring fans a regular cadence of new and exciting racing content, in addition to reaching across more platforms and more regions of the world.

Codemasters’ critically-acclaimed franchises Formula 1®, DIRT, DiRT Rally, GRID and Project CARS will sit alongside Electronic Arts’ global Need for Speed franchise, fan-favorite Real Racing mobile game, and its EA SPORTS brands, enabling greater innovation and increasing the capability to deliver content and experiences to a truly global audience for racing entertainment.
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eRe4s3r wrote on Feb 19, 2021, 01:41:
jdreyer wrote on Feb 18, 2021, 15:57:
eRe4s3r wrote on Feb 18, 2021, 13:22:
10 years and this will be another Bioware

EA announces Codemasters will be developing Anthem 2.

The problem with predictions like that is that you could be right.... ;p
This *is* EA after all

Odds are 50/50.
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Quinn wrote on Feb 18, 2021, 12:09:
SEVERANCE: BLADE OF DARKNESS 2023 please!
LOL, that's exactly what I thought too Damn shame that'll never happen.
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Feb 19, 2021, 06:49
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Yea, for EA to continue to promote and sell the Codemasters previous driving series while they are still cranking out NFS, should be taken as seriously as Detroit was when it introduced "economy cars" that were purposely made as ugly and crappy as possible so as to not cut into the sales of their mainstay land barges.
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Feb 19, 2021, 02:28
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So less sims and more arcades? Kind of par for the course for Codemasters anyway. *shrug*
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Feb 19, 2021, 01:41
 
jdreyer wrote on Feb 18, 2021, 15:57:
eRe4s3r wrote on Feb 18, 2021, 13:22:
10 years and this will be another Bioware

EA announces Codemasters will be developing Anthem 2.

The problem with predictions like that is that you could be right.... ;p
This *is* EA after all
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Feb 18, 2021, 18:22
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Avus wrote on Feb 18, 2021, 14:56:
Any EA games with "exclusive license" I will not touch. EA just SUCK at exclusive license. Porsche exclusive license was the best examples. (and then Star Wars... FIFA...)

Porsche Unleashed was one of the best Need For Speed games ever. That and High Stakes are the only NFS games I felt were all that good. The later ones are arcadey garbage.
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Welp, guess I won't be playing any more Codemasters games.
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Man, I still remember their very early 8-bit days when the Darling brothers ran the show. BMX Simulator! Ghost Hunters! 3D Starfighter! And, of course, the entire Dizzy franchise.
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eRe4s3r wrote on Feb 18, 2021, 13:22:
10 years and this will be another Bioware

EA announces Codemasters will be developing Anthem 2.
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Feb 18, 2021, 15:55
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Feb 18, 2021, 15:55
 
Well, I'll always have Dirt 2.
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Feb 18, 2021, 15:39
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who is codemasters again
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Any EA games with "exclusive license" I will not touch. EA just SUCK at exclusive license. Porsche exclusive license was the best examples. (and then Star Wars... FIFA...)
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eRe4s3r wrote on Feb 18, 2021, 13:41:
If think that is bad just remember that there are now less viewers in Germany thanks to the new owners of F1 kicking out free watching in Germany... now only on SKY, and I will never ever give that scummy company a single € (just to watch Mercedes winning again)

F1 is dead to me now... one year of no race watching will cure me of any lingering interest...

If you like motorsports, and want less bullshit and predictability, watch MotoGP. Perhaps the best of top-tier motorsports. If you can torrent/find last years season, it is worth it.

Risk to on-track fatality and career-ending injury provide gravitas to the competition. It has bleeding-edge technology innovations, (often) mesmerizing on-track competition in 50min races, astounding physical attrition from the riders as their injuries accumulate during the season/career, and it is a visual showcase of the mental challenges and sways in a rider's confidence from race to race. Oh, and the rain separates men from boys.

Even if you start with this upcoming season, it may be the best of the last 10 years, which is what last year was.
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Feb 18, 2021, 13:43
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eRe4s3r wrote on Feb 18, 2021, 13:41:
If think that is bad just remember that there are now less viewers in Germany thanks to the new owners of F1 kicking out free watching in Germany... now only on SKY, and I will never ever give that scummy company a single €

F1 is dead to me now... one year of no race watching will cure me of any lingering interest...

MAJOR SPOILER: And the winner is... Hamilton in a Mercedes.

See? No need to watch the next F1 season.
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If think that is bad just remember that there are now less viewers in Germany thanks to the new owners of F1 kicking out free watching in Germany... now only on SKY, and I will never ever give that scummy company a single € (just to watch Mercedes winning again)

F1 is dead to me now... one year of no race watching will cure me of any lingering interest...
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Feb 18, 2021, 13:23
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theyarecomingforyou wrote on Feb 18, 2021, 11:17:
Get ready for yearly instalments of games like F1... oh wait, they already do that. Match made in heaven.

This upcoming season should be a pass for the video game. The technical regulations remain largely the same because the teams voted unanimously (during COVID outbreak) to push the major overhaul to 2021. Here's a quick review from James Allison:

  • New tire compounds from Pirelli
  • Various aero changes to make the cars slower
  • 1 Power Unit upgrade during the season, instead of 3
  • Cost-cap financial regulations
  • Wind tunnel & CFD access is now varied, with last place getting 20% more time than 1st, and the rest scaled between
  • Circuit Zandvoort back into the calendar
It will be challenging for Codies/EA to make F1 2021 an enticing purchase, mainly because the motorsport itself could face a dull year with the Mercedes dominance unchallenged, yet again. The other team/driver changes and subsequent drama and media talking points, may be the most entertaining part of the season Brood

I picked up F1 2020 @ 60% off as I anticipate skipping 2021. It has several quality of life updates, like adjustable camera positions of all driving perspectives and removing the most distracting visuals. Unfortunately, in my limited testing so far, the force feedback and handling seem copy&paste from years ago. Can't feel the chassis pitch, the traction near slip angle is on/off, limits of brakes/throttle seem mysteriously muted.

F1 2021 would have to offer major new additions in gaming content and features for me to consider it.
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10 years and this will be another Bioware
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SEVERANCE: BLADE OF DARKNESS 2023 please!
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All your racing are belong to us!
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Get ready for yearly instalments of games like F1... oh wait, they already do that. Match made in heaven.
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