Sony has made the decision that it is to close the developer that brought us Motorstorm and Driveclub, Evolution Studios.
Driveclub had a rocky start with Sony unable to fulfill its PlayStation Plus Edition of the game until nineteen months after the game launched. Problems at launch meant that players struggled with server issues well after the game released causing Evolution Studios to repair player confidence with free DLC content.
An announcement from Sony reads
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.
We at Inside Gamer wish everyone affected at Evolution Studios the best in their future pursuits.
Driveclub is available for PlayStation 4 now.