Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Sony's First Party Studio Evolution Closes

The developer, who is most notable now for DriveClub, which had a real bad false start with multiple delays and server issues, had to lay off 55 people a year ago. Today, Sony confirmed that Evolution Studios had to close its doors.

Sony is now trying to reallocate some of the ex-employees to other studios but they made it clear that some good talent will be lost.

Following is the complete statement by Sony:
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.
This is really sad news, especially for me, who supported DriveClub from the day it came out and put a lot of time into it racing tracks and beating friends and challenging other clubs' times.

JerriKoe - Game on!

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