Sony have announced the closure of popular PlayStation 4 developers Evolution Studios following a review of its European operations. Based in the UK, Evolution Studios have been responsible for a number of console racing games since the studio's inception back in 1999. With titles such as the WRC series of games and the lesser know MotorStorm franchise Evolution upped the stakes in 2014 releasing promising arcade racer DriveClub to PS4. Initially struggling with a number of issues on release Evolution have worked tirelessly (no pun intended) to bring DriveClub up to a high standard and achieve over 2 million units sold. DriveClub Community Manager Jamie Brayshaw made the following statement following the announcement of Evolution Studio's closure: Taking to Twitter to share the news with fans Director Paul Rustchynsky was full of praise for his former colleagues at the Cheshire based studio as well as the many local fans who helped deliver over 2 million sales for the PS4 title: While redundancies are unfortunately inevitable in these situations, Sony have confirmed they will look to place staff with other teams under the Japanese corporations vast umbrella of games development companies as well as helping open up opportunities outside of the companies immediate control. "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," it said in a statement. "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." With a high volume of proven talented racing game specialists now looking for work following the closure it could prove an opportunity for Sony stablemate Gran Turismo to boost its in house talent prior to the launch of both the as yet unannounced GT7 and the incoming Gran Turismo Sport due to release in the next months. Its never good to hear of established games developers shutting up shop and the uncertainty the many local staff face in the coming weeks. All at RaceDepartment wish the guys and girls over at Evolution the very best of luck and best wishes with whatever future opportunities and adventures they embark upon as one era comes to an end and another one is yet to begin. Time to have your say. Leave your comments below.