In March, Sony Computer Entertainment announced it would be closing down Evolution Studios, the UK-based development team behind PlayStation Exclusive, Driveclub. The sad announcement came weeks after the decision from Microsoft to close down another UK-based development studio – Lionhead Studio (Fable series). Today, developers, Codemasters have revealed that the company has welcomed the team from Evolution Studios including Mick Hocking who will take over as VP Product Development at Codemasters; a position which will see him become responsible for all of the company’s studios.
Below is an extract from a statement released by Codemasters:
We have very exciting news today. We’re delighted to announce that on the 25th April, Codemasters will be expanding its portfolio of studios to include the highly-respected and very talented team from Evolution Studios.
Why are we so excited? Well, that should be pretty obvious! Over the last 30 years, Codemasters and Evolution Studios have created some of the most successful racing franchises in the industry, including GRID, DiRT, DRIVECLUB and MotorStorm. This expansion will not only see us gain a wealth of racing expertise and skill, but it’ll take Codemasters to the next level as the world’s largest racing-focused games company. With phenomenal racing DNA on both sides, we hope that gamers out there are excited to see what we do next – as are all of us here at Codies.
Mick Hocking responded by stating:
“I’m delighted to be joining Codemasters at such an exciting time in the company’s growth. We have a shared passion for racing, a desire to innovate and a determination to create the best racing games and build the biggest racing community in the market. I’m very much looking forward to working with so many of the world’s greatest racing developers, on new IP as well as exciting franchises including DiRT, GRID, Micro Machines and the FORMULA ONE games.”
Codemasters are known worldwide for their development of some truly great Motorsport titles including the hugely popular F1 series and the latest title in the DiRT Series, DiRT Rally.