The studio behind troubled PS4 racer Driveclub has suffered what is understood to be a significant number of layoffs.
MCV was told yesterday that staff at the Runcorn developer had been put on notice. Sony has subsequently confirmed to Eurogamer that it has cut a number of jobs, and that the news does not mean the end of Driveclub.
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,” it said.
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.”
Driveclub was supposed to launch alongside the PS4 in 2013 but did in fact not ship until last autumn. It was barely functional online at launch and endured numerous issues for many months. Sony has yet to release the free PlayStation Plus version of the game which was due to arrive on day one.