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Evolution Studios Find A New Home At Codemasters

Back from the brink.

Two weeks ago Sony announced that they would be closing Evolution Studios, sadly bringing to an end a fifteen year legacy and closing the book on some excellent racing games. That’s not to be the end of Evolution though, with Codemasters announcing today that they are bringing Evolution as a whole into their small family of studios, with Evo’s co-founder Mick Hocking becoming VP of product development for Codies as a whole.

It’s a quite remarkable and unexpected turnaround to preserve the Evolution team, with a view to creating a new racing game IP as their previous series remain in the hands of Sony. This was a deal purely between Codemasters and the team at Evolution,

Speaking to GameIndustry.biz where this was announced, Codemasters CEO Frank Sagnier said, “We want the team to remain to remain the team that they are […] 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.”

Source: GameIndusty.biz

20 Comments
  1. PoorPaddy89
    Member
    Since: Aug 2009

    That’s pretty awesome news. Good to hear that it’s turned around for them. I enjoyed a couple of the MotorStorm games and need to get around to DriveClub having bought the Plus pass in the sales.

    Comment posted on 11/04/2016 at 11:12.
  2. TSBonyman
    Member
    Since: Dec 2009

    Brilliant news, Evolution get to continue as their own entity, Codemasters add to their racing-centric stable and going multiplatform means everyone can enjoy the results.

    Comment posted on 11/04/2016 at 11:32.
  3. badger3078
    Member
    Since: Feb 2015

    Great news.

    Comment posted on 11/04/2016 at 11:46.
  4. Temascos
    Member
    Since: Jan 2013

    That’s bloody fantastic news, Codemasters are the big racing publisher so they’ll be a good fit there. It’s a shame that Driveclub is unlikely to get any more big updates, but for the sake of the careers of the people there its brilliant.

    Comment posted on 11/04/2016 at 11:51.
    • bunimomike
      Member
      Since: Jul 2009

      Couldn’t agree more. Talk about a theoretical match made in heaven. The pedigree of both should put the “new” Evo team in the best position possible going forward.

      Comment posted on 11/04/2016 at 12:12.
  5. camdaz
    Member
    Since: May 2009

    Fantastic news. My two favourite developers working together should produce a great new racing IP.

    Comment posted on 11/04/2016 at 11:59.
  6. ron_mcphatty
    Member
    Since: Sep 2008

    Great news! Two excellent racing game studios merging, what more could we ask for?

    Comment posted on 11/04/2016 at 12:10.
    • Stefan L
      Community Team
      Since: May 2009

      Ice cream?

      Comment posted on 11/04/2016 at 12:22.
      • Tuffcub
        On the naughty step.
        Since: Dec 2008

        Hugs

        Comment posted on 11/04/2016 at 12:46.
      • ron_mcphatty
        Member
        Since: Sep 2008

        Alright, Codevolution and ice cream and hugs, that’s all pretty amazing, we couldn’t possibly ask for more than that, right?

        Comment posted on 11/04/2016 at 14:09.
  7. Tuffcub
    On the naughty step.
    Since: Dec 2008

    Please please please do an arcade racer. Codies all ready have two teams working on serious sim games, Motorstorm-in-all-but-name pls!

    Comment posted on 11/04/2016 at 12:47.
    • Avenger
      Member
      Since: Oct 2012

      No.

      Comment posted on 11/04/2016 at 13:53.
    • Pixel_nme
      Member
      Since: Mar 2014

      Yes.

      Comment posted on 11/04/2016 at 13:58.
      • grannyscroggins
        Member
        Since: Jun 2012

        Also yes.

        Comment posted on 11/04/2016 at 17:35.
  8. Jag
    Member
    Since: Feb 2009

    Holy moly I didn’t see this coming! Good on Codies for coming to the rescue, I’m glad to see someone’s keeping the racing genre alive!

    Comment posted on 11/04/2016 at 12:55.
  9. hazelam
    Member
    Since: Feb 2009

    you know what i’d love to see?

    a new Insane game, or 1NSANE as it said on the cover.

    that game was awesome.

    get them working on something like that.

    anyway, great news for the team over at Evolution.

    Comment posted on 11/04/2016 at 13:40.
  10. Avenger
    Member
    Since: Oct 2012

    A new IP sounds very interesting, though I’d personally like to see them try their hand at an F1 game because i think they could ace it.

    Comment posted on 11/04/2016 at 13:55.