DriveClub Developers Evolution Studios Closes its Doors

Discussion in 'DriveClub' started by Paul Jeffrey, Mar 23, 2016.

  1. Paul Jeffrey

    Paul Jeffrey
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    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:

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    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:

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    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.

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  2. thatmotorfreak


    So I guess there won't be a new MotorStorm game from them? Very sad, considering that their last MS title wasn't so good. I still appreciate the work they had done.

    Rest In Peace Evo.

    (EDIT: Perhaps I was a little too harsh on my first reply...)
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2016
  3. ThatRacingGuy

    I drove 88 MPH last night... weird stuff happened

    They probably got a whole lot of money from Sony...

    Personally DriveClub had something that other games didn't but it really lacked some succes..

    You Will Be Missed EVO!!
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  4. monsieurjackb


    Is a shame, the turnaround they managed after Driveclub's launch mess was pretty incredible. It shows it can be done with some hard work

    Codemasters, you take note! :roflmao:
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  5. Mr Whippy

    Mr Whippy

    Sony must have sold about £30 x 2 million units, so £60 million squid. That should have kept the studio going for years with new innovative ideas to explore, or new games, or a Drive Club 2 or whatever else.

    This reminds me of the TDU game a bit. A game with great promise that never had it's potential really fulfilled and the staff just seemed to get treated like crap, especially after TDU2 release.

    I feel so bad for the people who actually "do the work" at these places. OK great, jobs elsewhere, maybe... but where? Another country? The other end of the country.

    Sony and the managers just run with the bounty and screw the employees!
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  6. Doug Taylor

    Doug Taylor

    Sad news! Hopefully they will stick together and form and new Studio! Wish all involved luck with what they do next.
  7. Blkout


    I'm about 110% convinced that Sony did this to move resources to speed up development on GT Sport. If Polyphony Digital was left to themselves to finish the game it would be 50% done and released anyway in 2017.
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  8. Hsmmer


    2 million units, unbelievable.

    Imagine what ISI could do with that sort of bread.

    Boggles the mind.
  9. JakOwnege


    I am crying, but, maybe this could be a phoenix rising like SIMBIN merging into Sector 3... It's all about time and support...:(
  10. Mr Whippy

    Mr Whippy

    For a phoenix to rise they need capital.

    The spoils of DC have been taken by Sony and managers, leaving the employees high and dry with 'support' to help them get jobs again.

    With all the money the studio made there should be more than enough to treat people really well.

    Yes the world is imperfect, but thankfully I can vote with my wallet.

    I'd always bought the latest PS to go with the latest GT game... not this time. Sony are all too happy to shaft employee and consumer alike for profit margin for themselves, and I've been shafted one too many times by them now.
  11. Matthew Booth

    Matthew Booth

    They've been acquired by Codemasters. So be interesting to see how that turns out.
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