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Namco Bandai to distribute Codemasters games starting with 'GRID 2'

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Namco Bandai will distribute Codemasters games in Europe.

The deal will begin with GRID 2, releasing on Xbox 360, PS3 and PC on May 31.

'GRID 2' pre-order content screenshot

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As well as the racing sequel, the agreement also covers future releases from the British firm.

"Our partnership with Codemasters started a few years ago with a few number of territories," said vice president of third party titles Alberto González Lorca.

"Throughout the years, we have built a trustworthy relationship leading us to add key countries every year in our partnership.

"Today we are taking a new step by adding the United Kingdom and Ireland to our distribution agreement offering Codemasters the full potential of our network but also support in marketing and communication."

Gallery - the latest images of GRID 2:
Codemasters CEO Rod Cousens added: "As the dynamics of interactive entertainment change and evolve, then the shift to collaborative support via structured agile partnerships, which extend cost efficiencies and provide for stronger alliances, is the way forward.

"We have progressed our relationship with Namco Bandai Partners for more than two years and, during that time, we have expanded territorial reach, which has worked well.

"We are now able to build on this and further extend our relationship to embrace more countries, including the UK and functions.

"By working together in this fashion we play to each other's strengths and are trail-blazing an arrangement which is likely to become more prevalent in a borderless industry."

Last month Codemasters announced 80 redundancies, mainly at the online departments of its Southam branch.

Codemasters is also known for releasing the DiRT and F1 games.

> Hands-on preview of GRID 2: The last hurrah of current generation consoles

Watch the trailer for GRID 2 below:

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