The Sony first party developer, responsible for racing titles such as Motorstorm and Driveclub, has been shuttered. Sony confirmed the news to GamesIndustry.biz, saying that the tough decision was based on review of the publisher’s developers. These regular reviews are in place to ensure “a competitive landscape can create and produce high quality, innovative and commercially viable projects.”
The complete statement is 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.
It’s a sad turn of events for the developer. The development cycle of it’s last title, Driveclub, was a troubled one; it was supposed to launch alongside the PlayStation 4, but delays pushed it to late 2014. Upon release, it was met with online issues and late last year, 55 people were laid-off from the studio.
Whether or not Driveclub will continue to receive support following Evolution Studios closure remains to be seen. Unfortunately, the studio was still planning DLC and in the process of working on a virtual reality version of the game.
We extend our gratitude to the developers for their hard work over the years and offer the best of wishes to all those who are affected by the closure.