Restructuring At Driveclub Studio Leads To Layoffs

Evolution Studios, creators of Driveclub, are set to “restructure” and in the wake of this comes job losses, with the studio confirming that “some redundancies will be necessary”.

Driveclub hardly got off to the best of starts when it launched last October – the game was plagued with online server issues at launch, leading to the delay of the cut-down PlayStation Plus edition, which has still not released.

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Going forward, the team will focus on supporting Driveclub as a service, as well as focusing on getting that PS Plus edition out the door. Sony’s statement reads:

Evolution Studios will now focus on DriveClub as a service going forward, in particular, the important launch of the PS Plus Edition. We will be restructuring Evolution Studios to ensure that SCE WWS and in particular, Evolution Studios are in the best position to achieve these goals.

Our first party development studios are key to our creative strategy and we are very excited about the future projects being worked on and the role Evolution Studios will play. We will be looking to relocate team members throughout the studios, but unfortunately some redundancies will be necessary and in those cases we will assist staff in any way we can.

Job losses often happen when a game has released and the bulk of its post-release content has been completed, but it’s a shame to see that the developers are stuck focusing on Driveclub for the moment, and even worse that people are being put out of a job because of this. We hope the affected developers manage to put their skills to use elsewhere.

Source: Eurogamer

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15 Comments

  1. Was inevitable really, hopefully lessons have been learnt from it all. At least they got it all working eventually.

    • The lessons you refer to, I assume, are those in the media, who savaged this game and directly responsible for these layoffs…

      • If a got game has some issues with online connectivity, Media has to report that

      • Oh you’ve made another account! How many is that now?

      • What you’ve also got to realise, Blackskies, is that the developers simply aren’t needed in the initial quantities they were hired. It’s the frustrating nature of a smaller studio. The network engineers will continue to be busy but actual devs will go elsewhere. Thankfully, the game looks so bloody stunning that they’ll be snapped up by others, that’s for sure.

  2. I hope this isn’t the beginning of the end for Evolution as DriveClub keeps getting better and is one of the best PS4 games out there.

    • Same here, Evolution Studios is one of my all time favourite developers. I’ve spent thousands of hours enjoying their games.

  3. This is sad , Driveclub is in my opinion the PS4’s best title so far and head and shoulders above anything else released . Hopefully a sequel is on the cards and some of the staff may be possibly be re-employed .

  4. It’s a shame because Driveclub is a great game now. They are obviously a very tallented bunch of people but it’s clear there was a lack of communication and/or bad project managers.

  5. It’s pretty standard in the industry for layoffs to occur once a big project is completed and I wonder if they would have been let go sooner if the game had not required further work after launch.
    I thank them all for providing me with not only my favourite game so far this gen but also the best racer i’ve played in years, and i wish them the very best in their future endeavours.

  6. It’s not all bad, talents like that will be snapped up by other companies. DriveClub was an utter arse per release but with the commitment from said team has blossomed into a very doable faction.
    It’ll never be a Gran Turismo or Burnout but that’s the whole point ;)

  7. I guess certain writers here must be feeling partly responsible..

    If not, they should. When you cash your pay cheque financed by driveclub clickbait, that’s somebody’s job

    • Ah what a shame. And you’re such a pleasant fellow.

  8. Keep them busy with MotorStorm 1+2 remakes for the PS4, simples!

  9. I actually can’t believe that they haven’t written off the ps plus edition as a dead duck now. Surely by the time they actually get that out everyone will have either played it already, or won’t care to?

    Unless of course they are working on getting the full version onto plus instead, which I would prefer they just came out & said if so, as I would hold off for that.

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