Evolution Studios, the developers behind Driveclub, Motorstorm and World Rally Championship is officially shutting down. The English based studio formed in 1999 is a subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment with Sony citing that the developer was only fit for short and medium length plans. Sony has promised to do everything it can to find Evolution Studios employees work. Driveclub was released in 2014 to mixed reviews.
A full statement reads
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.”