Gaming giant Codemasters have today announced the addition of recently earmarked for closure Evolution Studios in a move designed to bolster the developers of the successful Formula One series of games. News of this new acquisition for Codemasters comes as a boost to the gaming industry in Britain following the shock announcement as reported by RaceDepartment that after a rationalisation of its games development portfolio Sony decided to close the team behind open world driving title Drive Club and MotorStorm games. Frank Sagnier, Codemasters CEO had the following to say following news of the new arrangement: “The success of F1™ 2015 and DiRT Rally over the last 12 months has re-positioned the company for growth the addition of the Evolution team to our studio group will allow us to scale our business and strengthen our leadership as the world’s premier racing game developer. I’m thrilled to have Mick Hocking join Codemasters as VP of Product Development. His experience in building AAA IP and leading great teams made him a natural choice to head the development of all of our products. I am equally thrilled to welcome his talented team to the Codemasters family and I look forward to the great games and brand new IP we will develop together.” Former Evolution employee Mick Hocking has also joined the Codemasters group as new VP of Product Development, a role that will oversee all of the studios under the Codemasters umbrella: “I’m delighted to be joining Codemasters at such an exciting time in the company’s growth. We have a shared passion for racing, a desire to innovate and a determination to create the best racing games and build the biggest racing community in the market. I’m very much looking forward to working with so many of the world’s greatest racing developers, on new IP as well as exciting franchises including DiRT, GRID, Micro Machines™ and the FORMULA ONE™ games.” Undoubtedly great news for all the employees moving over to Codemasters the latest announcement will come as a boost to the Birmingham based concern who are currently hard at work developing 2016's addition to the officially licenced Formula One series and supporting newly released to console DiRT Rally. Sony have previously announced that they will continue to support Drive Club going forwards and it is currently unknown if rights to that title will transfer over with Evolution Studios or if Codemasters have other plans for the talented individuals newly welcomed to the group. One thing is for sure, this news is a very positive move for the gaming industry in general and many fans of motorsport games on PC and console will be excited to see exactly what this means for future output from the Codemasters group of companies. Don't forget to check out our RaceDepartment Codemasters forums for both the Formula One series of games and of course hot rally favourite DiRT Rally for club racing and all the latest news and discussions. Are you interested to hear of this new acquisition by the developers of the popular Formula One and DiRT Rally franchise? What impact on future games from the studio do you think this latest announcement will have? Let us know in the comments section below!