Codemasters have acquired Driveclub developers, Evolution studios.
Sony had announced in March that it would be shutting down Evolution Studios, leading to fears of mass retrenchment as the studio’s future hang in the balance.
In addition, Sony’s Mick Mocking, who spearheaded Playstation’s 3D gaming division and acted as a liaison between Evolution and Sony, will also be making the jump to Codemasters.
“We want the team to remain to remain the team that they are,” Codemasters CEO Frank Sagnier told GamesIndustry.biz. “We want to benefit from everything that they’ve learned as a team together, we want them to create their own games.
Of course there will be synergies, of course we will share stuff, but we would like to make sure they retain their identity and stay together as a team to do what they’re good at.
What we don’t want to do is bring in a team of 50 people and start having some work on one game and some on another, on existing IP. The whole point is to keep their DNA and build a new game.”
Sony will retain the rights to both the Driveclub and Motorstorm brands, but this will mark the first time Evolution Studios could develop on non-Sony platforms.