No extra Undertaking Automobiles video games, says EA

No extra Undertaking Automobiles video games, says EA

The Undertaking Automobiles video games have been attractive, detail-obsessed, and at first partly crowd-sourced. Then in 2019 Codemasters purchased builders Barely Mad Studios and in 2021 Digital Arts purchased Codemasters. Now EA have introduced internally that they will not be making any extra Undertaking Automobiles video games, and that they’ll transfer workers engaged on the collection into “appropriate” roles “wherever [they] can.”

“Right this moment we introduced internally an replace to our racing portfolio. Following an analysis of the following Undertaking CARS title and its longer-term progress potential, we’ve got made the choice to cease additional improvement and funding for the franchise,” EA stated in a press release given to at the moment.

“Choices like these are very onerous, however permit us to prioritise our focus in areas the place we consider we’ve got the strongest alternative to create experiences that followers will love. We’re specializing in our strengths in our racing portfolio, notably licensed IP and open-world experiences, and increasing our franchises to be extra socially-led with long-term dwell providers that may have interaction world communities. Video games are on the coronary heart of sports activities and racing leisure, and with shifting fan expectations, we recognise the necessity to evolve our video games past pure play, offering experiences for followers to additionally watch, create and join with their pals.

“We’re working with everybody impacted by this choice to position them into appropriate roles throughout our EA Sports activities and racing portfolio, in addition to different elements of EA, wherever we are able to. Our precedence now could be on offering as a lot assist as doable to our folks by means of this transition.”

That is, in fact, what occurs because of video games trade consolidation. Studios which will have been profitable in their very own proper – profitable sufficient to amass! – are deemed surplus to necessities when half of a bigger organisation with an already heavy load of racing video games. Which means much less competitors within the discipline and fewer selection for gamers.

Earlier this yr, Undertaking Automobiles 1 and a pair of have been delisted from Steam as a result of expiring monitor and automobile licenses. All that continues to be of Barely Mad’s work is the poorly acquired Undertaking Automobiles 3 on Steam and a dim reminiscence of that point they introduced they have been making their very own console known as the “Mad Field”.

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