Sony Has Closed Evolution Studios

Well this news seems to have come from out of nowhere but Sony has confirmed to Gamesindustry.biz that it is closing down Evolution Studios, whose latest game was Driveclub. The studio itself was first formed in 1999, and released World Rally Championship on PS2 on 2001. This was followed by four more WRC games on that platform before Evolution moved onto the Motorstorm series on PS3 and Vita.

Those of you who were waiting for a Driveclub 2 or a new Motorstorm will be disappointed, because unless Sony brings in another studio to work on those IPs they look to be over. Sony’s full statement is below.

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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.

Update: Paul Rustchynsky, now formerly of Evolution has released a small statement on Twitter.

Source: GamesIndustry

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46 Comments

  1. Evolution was among one of their better studios, and so soon after Studio Liverpool as well…

    Is it that the UK is too expensive to produce games? I do think there is still a market for good racers.

    • Don’t think so. sadly, I think this is more to do with Sony and it continuing to get itself in order. The UK games industry is growing and shows no sign of slowing down.

  2. Shocked initially but when I think about it, you could sort of see it coming. Driveclub was a year late and still didn’t really work fully until another year. It’s a shame for the developers.

    I wish Sony would start afresh with a smaller studio. There’s clearly some talented developers here, seems like direction and management was the let down.

    • You’ve pretty much got my feelings on this really.

      Motorstorm was my first game on Ps3 so I was hoping for a new version this gen. Even Motorstorm Apocalypse had problem but not of Evolution’s problem but hey what can we do now.

    • I never fully understood why they went with a serious racer like driveclub rather than, the favorite of many of us, casual racer motorstorm. Until yesterday I was hoping for motorstorm on ps4. They should have released a ps+ motorstorm and then start working on driveclub.
      :-(

  3. I hope the devs find new work soon. Maybe they’ll team up and keep making games as indies.
    Putting aside the rough launch DriveClub is easily one of my favourite games on PS4 and probably my most played.
    I’ve pretty much played all of Evo’s games over the years and thought they were a great developer.
    Another great racing studio bites the dust.
    Triple A games are too expensive now and if they’re not huge hits they won’t make any money. It’s not a sustainable business model anymore and you have to wonder who’s next.

  4. This is a massive shame. Liked Motorstomr 2 until it took off it’s gloves and looked at Dark Souls then looked at me and did…..

    horrible.

    Things to me.

    IT ALWAYS BEAT ME! *cries*

    Motorstorm 3 was where the franchise reached it’s identity and i can see it being a descision based on Driveclub not doing as well as they hoped. Motorstorm on PS4 would be sure to sell out.

    I doubt it’s part of any plan for Sony to do a massive Konami. It would be dumb, flat out destroy their presence in the gaming market after 20 years. Give or take a few years.

  5. Sad news. I hope all they find jobs again as soon as possible.

    DC had a rough launch, but you can’t fault Evolution for investing so much time and effort into the game. It’s baffling why Sony wouldn’t want to find some way to support them to be honest. It may be that Evolution are not entirely financially feasible at the moment, but they offered a lot on PS4 and surely that only serves to stimulate the image of the console. I mean a dirt cheap game that had ton loads of content, and had ton loads more on the way. It looked great, seemed to play great and with the Bikes and VR editions there were more sales in the pipeline.

    I don’t know, it’s just not like you can replace a studio easily, would you really want to throw one away unless it was absolutely necessary? And I can’t see it being absolutely necessary, unless I’m missing something.

  6. Driveclub. My favourite racing game this generation so far.

    Loved MotorStorm Oaciric Rim and the WRC games have never been as good since they stopped doing them.

    What a shame.

    All the best to the team members.

  7. Damn. Driveclub is excellent, at least since I’ve played it, and it seems such a shame to shut them down.
    Sad news on a day with lots of even worse news.

  8. DriveClub is a great game that has courted phenomenal support by way of update patches and great value DLC atop season pass allowances. In fairness though I couldn’t ever see a DriveClub 2 being able to upstage the already best in class DC1 current gen….online disconnects aside :P
    Think Criterion and how they moved on after disbanding post creating the best arcade racer of last gen….a small positive for the team at Evo. Talent will always get the job and shine.
    Best of luck for the future Rushy & co ;)

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