Codemasters Acquires Project CARS Developer Slightly Mad Studios

By Sean Carey,
Codemasters has announced today that it's acquired the studio behind the acclaimed Project CARS series, Slightly Mad Studios.

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Slightly Mad Studios has been established for ten years and has seen success with the Project Cars series. The first Project CARS title came out in 2015 and was well-received upon its release, while
Project CARS 2 was even better received with its release two years later. The company has also developed Need for Speed: Shift and Need for Speed: SHIFT 2: Unleashed.

Slightly Mad Studios currently has three games in development, the mobile game Project CARS Go, an "unannounced Hollywood blockbuster title" (which some believe could be a game based on the Fast & Furious movie series) and another Project CARS game that is yet to be announced.

Frank Sagnier, chief executive officer at Codemasters, said, “We are delighted to bring such an incredible racing game developer to the Codemasters family, and this unequivocally establishes us as a global powerhouse in the development of racing titles.

“We share the same passion and vision, and our new partnership will accelerate our growth. With more streaming services coming to market and the next generation of games consoles due in 2020, this is the perfect time for Codemasters to take its next step.”

According to, the full 150-person team at Slightly Mad will make the transition. Ian Bell, founder and chief executive at Slightly Mad Studios, said, “My team is excited to be joining Codemasters, and we can’t wait to forge a relationship based on creativity, passion and the desire to create new racing experiences that excite and delight our communities.”

Codemasters recently extended its partnership with Formula One Management until 2025. Codemasters has exclusive rights to develop further F1 games for the next six years with the option to extend the contract to 2027.
Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Hey everyone! I'm Sean. I have been writing gaming content for various outlets over the past few years while studying a degree in Journalism. I grew up on everything PlayStation — mainly Metal Gear Solid, with a brief foray into the world of Xbox. Nowadays, you'll find me mainly playing multiplayer PC games, but with the recent addition of the Xbox Game Pass for PC, I'm looking forward to improving my TA Score.