Sony Closes DriveClub Developer Evolution Studios

Evolution Studios to Close Down

Evolution Studios, responsible for franchises such as MotorStorm and more recently DriveClub is to be closed says Sony.

A year ago, the studio suffered a number of layoffs which affected 55 people and now the studio will be closed completely.

In a statement to gamesindustry.biz, Sony states:

“Evolution has been an important part of SCE Worldwide Studios for over 10 years – working on ground-breaking racing titles like WRC, MotorStorm and DriveClub.

“This decision should not take anything away from the great work that Evolution has produced.

“Where possible we will try to reallocate people onto other projects. If appropriate opportunities are not possible within the company, we will assist staff in any way we can, including speaking with local employers and with other development companies.”

Evolution Studios’ most recent project was DriveClub which went through a troubled development, suffering numerous delays and even after release had lingering issues particularly with its online functionality.

The game was intended as a launch title for the Playstation 4 and was announced at the Playstation 4’s press conference on February 20, 2013 however after several delays the game wasn’t released until October 2014.

The British developer was founded in 1999 and was acquired by Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) in September 2007.

The studio has worked exclusively on racing games, creating the World Rally Championship series, MotorStorm and finally DriveClub.

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