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Black creator developing new FPS

Codemasters working on fresh IP with impressive recruit, CVG learns

Codemasters has confirmed to CVG that it has a new shooter IP in the works - from one of the masterminds behind Criterion's Black.

The firm is set to begin a recruitment drive for developers to join its Guildford Studio and work on the game - teaming up with Stuart Black.

Black was the Senior Designer on Criterion/EA's seminal 2005 shooter. Yes, the clue's in the name on that one.

A rumour of Black's appointment first appeared in this month's Official PlayStation Magazine UK (they've got moles all over the place, you know).

VP of Codemasters development Gavin Cheshire not only confirmed the appointment to CVG today - but added that two more impressive industry vets were working on a new title with Black.

Former Game Director at Sony Computer Entertainment London Studio Tom Gillo has been signed up as executive producer, whilst Andrew Wilson - previously Senior Producer on Split/Second at Blackrock - becomes Senior Producer.

The duo will lead an 80-strong development team working with Codemasters' famed EGO engine.

"Codemasters' Guildford Studio is key to our overall development strategy and this year has opened further positions across its design, programming and art teams," said Cheshire.

"With Stuart Black directing the vision for our new IP in production, deployment of EGO and key development figures heading up a highly skilled team, our Guildford facility offers great potential for development talent based in the South East who want to join a growing studio and work on original titles."

Now, this is where it gets interesting: The 'Next Month' page in the current issue of Official Xbox Magazine UK says that the mag's April edition will feature: 'The world exclusive reveal of the shooter that everybody asked for...'

The release marks Codemasters' first new IP since the reboots of DiRT, GRID and Op Flashpoint.

Could this be to Black what Perfect Dark was to GoldenEye?

Fingers crossed, people. Fingers crossed.