Keywords Studios expects to have earned over $570 million in 2021

Keywords Studios 2021 growth

As we approach the end of the year many game companies are beginning to tally up their earnings. Amongst these is Keywords Studios, an Irish-based company that had a very successful 2021. It details just how well the year went in its latest financial forecast as covered by Gamesindustry.biz.

The report states that Keywords Studios expects to have made just over $570 million this year. That is a 35% increase from last year’s tally. This rapid growth is somewhat due to COVID-19. The pandemic saw many more people than usual working from home and taking time off work. This increased opportunities for the Irish technology company to thrive.

Keeping it up

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Even with the current trend of COVID becoming more common it seems unlikely that another year like 2021 will happen again. Governments across the world are becoming increasingly cautious of enforcing lockdowns as they harm the economy. Despite this Keywords Studios believes it will continue to grow and outperform its 2021 numbers.

The reports predict that next year will see Keywords Studios make more than $640 million. This prediction has been made based on the company’s potential to secure new opportunities. Furthermore, Keywords CEO Bertrand Bodson believes that his “highly driven,” team will provide a platform for growth.

The belief that Keywords Studios will grow is supported by the company’s recent actions. In 2021 alone it acquired three different studios: Tantalus Media, Climax Studios, and AMC. Climax Studios in particular was an interesting pick up with its development of Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China, a very well-received spin-off of Ubisoft’s iconic action series.

These acquisitions were made off the back of 2020, a year that saw Keywords Studio acquire a further eight companies. Its rapid expansion is fascinating with very few companies being brave enough to take those risks. Perhaps soon we will see Keywords Studios take the next step and become a AAA games publisher.

The Summer Game Fest is set to return alongside hundreds of new games

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Normally gamers rally around the Electronic Entertainment Expo for big announcements. Better known as E3, it is the premiere video game conference that attracts millions ever year. However, due to COVID restrictions last year saw E3 replaced with the Summer Game Fest, an online only alternative.

It was unclear until today if E3 2021 was going ahead but we now know that isn’t the case. Instead, a second Summer Game Fest has just been announced. Much like last year’s this event will host most of 2021’s biggest game announcements. From AAA blockbuster titles to exciting indie projects, just about every upcoming game will be showcased in one form or another.

Plenty of support

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Being this year’s largest gaming event, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that most of the industry titans are supporting it. We already know that the likes of 2K, Activision, Electronic Arts, Microsoft, and Sony will all be attending. In fact, the only major publisher that probably won’t make an appearance is Nintendo. The Japanese tech giant has moved away from traditional conference events in favor of its own Nintendo Direct format in recent years.

Furthermore, you won’t have to wait too long to see the Summer Game Fest in all of its glory. It has been announced for June 2021. Once June arrives the festival will be broadcasted across several popular livestreaming website such as YouTube and Twitch.

The main appeal of the Summer Game Fest is that it is where publishers come to announce their biggest titles. Last year’s festival saw highly anticipated titles like Skate 4 and Crash Bandicoot 4 announced. Equally, Sony and Microsoft used the event as an opportunity to showcase both of the new next-gen consoles.

It’s clear then that even the largest companies in the industry won’t hesitate to show what they have made. Expect the Summer Game Fest of 2021 to house the biggest announcements of the year. To keep updated you can sign up to the official SGF website for more information in the near future.

Codemasters delay DiRT 5 release to November amongst COVID setbacks

DiRT 5

British game developer Codemasters today announced that DiRT 5 is set for its second delay. The rally simulation game was previously delayed until October 9 so that Codemasters could smooth out the gameplay. However, it seems that initial delay wasn’t enough so another setback to November 3 has been greenlighted.

In the announcement posted on the official Codemasters Twitter, the racing game developer apologies for the inconvenience. It states, “The start line is now a little further away, but it’s still very much in sight.” Also, Codemasters has now confirmed that owners of DiRT 5 on current-gen will get a free next-gen upgrade when the new consoles launch.

Why DiRT 5 was delayed

DiRT 5 buggy racingAlthough an official reason for the delay wasn’t stated, it doesn’t take a genius to take a good guess. The ongoing COVID -19 crisis has been a disaster for the games industry. Many large scale studios have had to push back big projects due to the transition from office work to working at home.

DiRT 5 is the latest victim of the pandemic but by no means the first. Perhaps the biggest industry casualty yet was Halo Infinite which received a lot of criticism due to its underwhelming reveal last August. 343 Industries apologized for the state of the game and confirmed that COVID played a big part of Infinite’s troubled development.

Codemasters is coming off of a relatively successful year having launched multiple well received titles. For many, the latest F1 game is probably the best we’ve had in years. On top of that, earlier this year it acquired Project CARS developer Slightly Mad Studios. Adding such a prolific racing game developer to its portfolio says a lot about Codemasters’ ambition to grow as a publisher.

The DiRT 5 delays may be frustrating but all in all they should be taken positively. When a publisher delays a game it usually means it actually cares about putting out a good product. Hopefully with the extra time Codemasters are given on DiRT 5 it’ll be able to take it to the next level.