It seems like Codemasters may be faced with quite a large problem.
Codemasters now have the Formula One license and have been at work on their first of many F1 titles. Their first licensed game will be based on the 2009 season and will release on the Wii and PSP, but there are no problems there, the problem lies in their next game for PS3 , PC and Xbox 360 that is set for release in 2010.
If you haven’t heard the news, all Formula One teams with the exception of only two, had formed an association called FOTA (Formula One Team’s Association) and had threatened to pull out of Formula One if the FIA didn’t come to compromise with budget restrictions that started all the fuss.
Well, the doo-doo has now hit the fan, because it seems like FOTA have decided to go through with their threats.
Does this spell disaster for Codemasters?
To be honest, I don’t know what to think. There is a part of me that believes that FOTA is only bluffing, so that the FIA feels the pressure to give in to their demands. The problem is that it seems like they really aren’t, which means that teams like McLaren, Ferrari, Williams BrawnGP and more will no longer be a part of the series.
Codemasters have declined to comment so far, but I think that they are sitting with a huge problem on their hands. If this split really does happen, Formula One will be filled with new teams and new drivers that no one cares about, so the license will become pretty useless.
Until this issue between the FIA and FOTA is resolved, Codemasters will have to just wait and hope for the best. Things may go belly up though, so keep an eye out for more news on the subject in the near future.
Last Updated: June 22, 2009