Sony has closed down Evolution Studios – the development studio that created Driveclub and MotorStorm.
Evolution Studios was acquired by Sony in 2007 and released Driveclub in 2014. Driveclub was generally well received, with over 2 million copies sold and an active online community.
Evolution Studios had already laid off 55 people a year ago, and is now being completely closed down. Sony stated that it will do its best to distribute the former employees of the studio to other positions, although it admits some redundancies will occur.
The studio was founded in 1999 and exclusively worked on motorsports games – developing games for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 during its lifetime.
Here is the full statement released by Sony, per gamesindustry.biz:
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.