The creator of MotorStorm and Driveclub has closed its doors.
Games Industry reports that Sony has closed Evolution. 55 jobs were cut at the studio almost exactly a year ago.
What this means for the future of Driveclub, which suffered a calamitous launch, remains uncertain.
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,” a statement read. 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 1:Driveclub game director Paul Rustchynsky has added the following on Twitter:
I've had an incredible time working for #EvolutionStudios, here's short statement from me: pic.twitter.com/9eITjpbddy
— Paul Rustchynsky (@Rushy33) March 22, 2016
UPDATE 2: Senior community manager Jamie Brayshaw has said that Sony will now take up the mantle of supporting and growing Driveclub. Whether that includes development of the VR version remaisn to be seen:
It’s the end of an incredible era for #EvolutionStudios. Thanks to all of you: https://t.co/YYPJNvbMxd #DRIVECLUB pic.twitter.com/ERQiQ48SGR
— Jamie Brayshaw (@PhenomEvolution) March 22, 2016