In a statement to Games Industry, Sony confirmed that Evolution Studios, the developer behind DriveClub and MotorStorm, is closing down.
After suffering layoffs at this time last year, Evolution is now closing, but as Sony explains in their full statement, they will try to reallocate affected team members to other projects:
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.
Members of Evolution Studios posted messages on Twitter:
— Paul Rustchynsky (@Rushy33) March 22, 2016
— Jamie Brayshaw (@PhenomEvolution) March 22, 2016
It remains to be seen what the closure means for the future of DriveClub, which received two new pieces of DLC today and has a VR prototype in development. Update: As Brayshaw said in his tweet, “DriveClub will live on under the care of the awesome team at PlayStation.”
What do you think of the closure?
[Source: Games Industry]