Evolution Studios Shutting Down

Evolution Studios, the developer behind the DriveClub and MotorStorm series is officially shutting down. The studio was a subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment and Sony has confirmed this information and has said that the developer was only fit for short and medium length plans, basically saying they didn’t see the company as profitable enough going forward.  Sony is promising to help employees find new jobs if they can. The studios last game was DriveClub on the PlayStation 4 and it received mixed reviews.

The full statement can be read below:

“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.”

Source: Gameindustrybiz