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Codemasters Cancels Inxile's Heist

UK publisher Codemasters' upcoming renegade-robbery title Heist has been cancelled, as the publisher says it wants to focus on "high quality titles" largely developed in-house.
UK publisher Codemasters' upcoming renegade-robbery title Heist has been cancelled, the publisher says. The title, which had been in development by Inxile Entertainment, was canned as part of the publisher's quality initiatives. "After a much extended development period, Heist has been terminated as a project and removed from our release schedule," a Codemasters spokesperson told media outlets including C&VG. "Codemasters is focusing its future portfolio on high quality titles that will, in the majority, be developed and produced by our internal studios," the spokesperson added. Heist's original developer Inxile is based in California, and has worked on the recent Bard's Tale game as well as owning rights to the Line Rider franchise, from which it made Wii/DS title Line Rider 2: Unbound. The Ashes Cricket and Formula 1 publisher is currently rethinking some of its business strategy after high-profile flops such as Damnation, and producing a smaller portfolio of games developed in-house appears to be part of its new tactics. In addition to current investors Balderton Capital and Goldman Sachs, online reports indicate that the company is set to receive a cash injection from a new, undisclosed investor.

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