If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Learn more.

Project Cars studio pull into the Codemasters garage

Vroom goes the dynamite

Codemasters, the makers of many zoom 'em ups, apparently want more power under their hood. They purchased the entirety of Slightly Mad Studios, developers of the Project Cars and Need For Speed: Shift games, this week to the tune of £23 million. The entirety of Slightly Mad's 150-person team will reportedly join the company.

Codies said in the announcement that the purchase will help them better take advantage of the streaming market and whatever changes next-gen consoles bring. "This unequivocally establishes us as a global powerhouse in the development of racing titles," said CEO Frank Sagnier. Codemasters are best known for their F1, Dirt and Grid games.

Unfortunately, nobody had anything to say about Slightly Mad's, uh... hotly anticipated proprietary console, the Mad Box.

The announcement also quickly noted "an unannounced Hollywood blockbuster title" as part of the deal, which could certainly not be Fast and the Furious related. But I wouldn't take that bet.

This acquisition certainly boosts Codemasters' prestige within racing games, if not the size of their shadow. Slightly Mad were already busy creating whatever comes next for Project Cars, so it will be interesting to see what an influx of resources from their new owners does to the finished product. Stirling Matheson found in our Project Cars 2 review that it was well shy of perfect but a lot of fun, regardless.

Join the Rock Paper Shotgun supporter program

Sign up today and get access to more articles like these, an ad-free reading experience, free gifts, and help us create more great writing about PC games.

See more information


We love having a friendly, positive and constructive community - you lot are great - and we want to keep it like that. Our main commenting rule is "be excellent to each other". Please see our code of conduct, where you can find out what "be excellent" means. TL;DR? Respect others, think before you post, and be prepared for puns.

More News

Latest Articles

We've been talking, and we think that you should wear clothes

Total coincidence, but we sell some clothes

Rock Paper Shotgun Merch