Featured Articles

5th Generation Broadwell 14nm family comes in three lines

5th Generation Broadwell 14nm family comes in three lines

Intel's 5th Core processor family, codenamed Broadwell, will launch in three lines for the mobile segment. We are talking about upcoming…

More...
Broadwell Chromebooks coming in late Q1 2015

Broadwell Chromebooks coming in late Q1 2015

Google's Chromebook OS should be updating automatically every six weeks, but Intel doesn't come close with its hardware refresh schedule.

More...
New round of Nexus phone rumour kicks off

New round of Nexus phone rumour kicks off

Rumours involving upcoming Nexus devices are nothing uncommon, but this year there is a fair bit of confusion, especially on the…

More...
Nvidia officially launches the 8-inch Shield Tablet

Nvidia officially launches the 8-inch Shield Tablet

As expected and reported earlier, Nvidia has now officially announced its newest Shield device, the new 8-inch Shield Tablet. While the…

More...
Aerocool Dead Silence reviewed

Aerocool Dead Silence reviewed

Aerocool is well known for its gamer cases with aggressive styling. However, the Dead Silence chassis offers consumers a new choice,…

More...
Frontpage Slideshow | Copyright © 2006-2010 orks, a business unit of Nuevvo Webware Ltd.
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 08:20

Black to leave Codemasters

Written by David Stellmack


Focused on completing the design
Stuart Black is apparently set to depart Codemasters in October. The move is a surprise, given that Black has been working on the upcoming release of Bodycount, a FPS title that many believe is Black’s spiritual successor to the Criterion title, Black, which he also developed.

While our sources say that specific information is sketchy, it is known that Black has apparently transferred the responsibility of demoing the product to a colleague so that he can finish completing the design for Bodycount. While Black is apparently departing in October, Codemasters has been quick to point out that the 80-member team at the studio isn’t going anywhere and that development will continue.

We have heard whispers that Black’s departure might be in some way connected to the recent departure of Tom Gillo, a long-time colleague of Black and the executive producer of the Bodycount project. It is unclear why Gillo departed. Andrew Wilson, who was the senior producer on the Bodycount team, will apparently pick up at least some of Black’s responsibilities.

While those in the shadows talk about some post-E3 unhappiness over the reception of Bodycount by the media, this is being denied; and apparently Codemasters is telling anyone that will listen that they are pleased with the press response to Bodycount. It is suggested that this unhappiness about Bodycount is what has driven Black from the project. However, our sources say that despite the rough demo at E3 that was plagued with some technical glitches that you would not expect from a title at this point in its development cycle, Black was still committed to the project until now.

Codemasters has a lot riding on Bodycount, as the company was hopeful that this new title would establish a new FPS franchise for the publisher that the company was planning to grow forward. While most previews of the title at E3 were positive, apparently this has not stopped some from suggesting that the title is in crisis. With Black’s departure, it is hard to know what the end product will be like when Bodycount is released. Still, we are hopeful that it will be the spiritual successor to Black; and we still think the title has that ability, even with Black’s departure from the project.

David Stellmack

E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
blog comments powered by Disqus

 

Facebook activity

Latest Commented Articles

Recent Comments