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Sony confirms closure of Evolution Studios

By James Brightman

Sony confirms closure of Evolution Studios

Tue 22 Mar 2016 2:55pm GMT / 10:55am EDT / 7:55am PDT
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DriveClub studio is unfortunately no more

Evolution Studios

Evolution Studios was acquired by SCEE in 2008

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Evolution Studios, the developer behind franchises like World Rally Championship and MotorStorm, has been shut down by Sony, we've just learned. The company's most recent DriveClub was a troubled project for the studio and Sony, having seen delays and online problems - 55 people had been cut from Evolution just one year ago. Now, Sony has made the tough decision to make the rest of the Evolution staff redundant.

In the complete statement, which you can read below, Sony said it would try to reallocate some of the Evolution team to other studios, but the company's aware that it may also lose some serious talent.

Regular reviews take place throughout SCE Worldwide Studios, ensuring that the resources that we have in such a competitive landscape can create and produce high quality, innovative and commercially viable projects.

As part of this process we have reviewed and assessed all current projects and plans for the short and medium term and have decided to make some changes to the European studios structure.

As a result, it has been decided that Evolution Studio will close.

It is regrettable that this decision will lead to compulsory redundancies. We accept that this decision will mean that we risk losing high calibre staff but by focusing on other Studios that already have exciting new projects in development we believe we will be in a stronger position going forward and able to offer the best possible content of the highest quality for our consumers.

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 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.

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9 Comments

Jeff Litchford Vice President, idol minds

5 9 1.8
Loved Motorstorm -- good luck to everyone impacted.

Posted:4 months ago

#1
sony is streamlining

Posted:4 months ago

#2

Gary Davies Lecturer in Computing (Games/Programming), St Helens College

6 1 0.2
Sorry to hear Sony has decided to close Evolution, I hope the North West continues to nurture games talent in the area - big loss.

Posted:4 months ago

#3

Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

2,576 1,613 0.6
Those WRC games made by Evolution for the PS2 were all amazing on that old hardware and it's too bad they never got to do another rally game after that. I kept hoping Sony would resurrect the Rally Cross license and let the team have at it just to see what they could have done on the PS3. The Motorstorm games were fun and all, but I go back to WRC 1-4 more than I did any of their newer stuff.

Posted:4 months ago

#4

Carl Hudson Studying Computer Science, University of Adelaide

72 87 1.2
All of their games were gold.

If only Sony hadn't tried to push Driveclub as a launch title when it was nowhere near ready. Once completed it was another gold standard game.

Sad day. I really wanted another Motorstorm. I hope all of the staff go on to great things.

Posted:4 months ago

#5

Lee Hansiel Lim Game Developer - Unity3D, Anino PlayLab

35 3 0.1
I hope everyone affected continues on to be awesome people and get to even better places, both at work and in life. You will never be forgotten Evolution Studios!

*pops in DriveClub for a victory lap*

Posted:4 months ago

#6

Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany

1,139 1,258 1.1
I think I will install Motorstorm Apocalypse this evening for a few races on their memory. Wish luck to all the affected.

Posted:4 months ago

#7
Sad to hear. Best of luck to all those affected...

Posted:4 months ago

#8
I will treasure my Motorstorm T-shirt. That would be a great trilogy to remaster, Sony. Best of luck to all the people in the studio

Posted:4 months ago

#9

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