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.
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.