With an announcement that had already been in the air for a few weeks, the American giant Electronic Arts made official the news that the British software house Codemasters has joined his roster of development teams.
After a first attempt to acquire the group by Take-Two Interactive, in early February EA put on the plate an offer of 1.2 billion dollars (equal to 7.98 dollars per share) , a proposal warmly considered by the shareholders of Codemasters, who would have finally given the final go-ahead) now put in black and white).
A little below, the company’s tweet published just now via social media, which almost definitively announces the start of the partnership between the two companies:
We’re excited to welcome @Codemasters to the EA family! ???????? pic.twitter.com/y3yYB94vmF
– Electronic Arts (@EA) February 18, 2021
Electronic Arts has thus made its another great development house focused on the creation of racing games. The Californian giant has in fact in the portfolio Criterion Games (authors of the Need for Speed franchise) and Ghost Games , as well as Slightly Mad Studios ( Project Cars ).
Codemasters has the rights to the FIA World Rally Championship as well as the WRC series and the Formula 1 license, without forget the DiRT , GRID and OnRush series. In short, by doing so EA has secured a “course package” of a certain weight in one fell swoop, increasing the chances of putting racing games on the market annually.
The American company, already very active in the FIFA, NBA and Madden franchises, now has all the attention of fans of the four wheels.
“We believe there is a deeply intriguing opportunity in bringing Codemasters and Electronic Arts together to create amazing and innovative racing games for fans,” , EA CEO Andrew Wilson said a few weeks ago.
If you want to get your hands on the excellent DiRT 5, Codemasters’ latest four-wheel effort, we recommend you take advantage of the Amazon price.