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Codemasters Confirms Closure of Japan Office Later This Month
Codemasters has confirmed that it plans to close up shop in Japan later this month.
Passing a statement to VideoGamer, a company spokesperson thanked the Tokyo-based staff “for all their hard work representing Codemasters in Japan.” It however was not mentioned as to just how many employees will be effected by the closure, and whether Codemasters plans to shift some – if not all – to other divisions.
The DiRT and F1 developer now plans to hook up with a “major publishing partner” in the territory.
“In line with Codemasters’ existing international distribution strategy for boxed titles, which sees our physical products being taken to market by valued publishing partners in key global territories, such as Bandai Namco for Europe and the Americas, the Company is now implementing that strategy in the Japanese market with the appointment of a major publishing partner in the region,” said the developer.
“As a result of the move to a partnership model in Japan, Codemasters is retiring from its Tokyo office and bids farewell to Miyake San and his team who previously represented our titles in the region. We thank them for all their hard work representing Codemasters in Japan since 2008. Codemasters will announce the details of its new Japanese publishing partnership in due course.”
Earlier this year, a report claimed that around fifty jobs were under review at the company’s UK offices, with thirty positions set to close.
Codemasters is currently working on F1 2015 which is pegged for release on the PS4, Xbox One and PC in June.