Sony has announced today that it has closed its racing game developer, Evolution Studios. After having 55 layoffs in November 2015, shutting the studio has been Sony’s next step after the troubled life of its PlayStation exclusive title, Driveclub. Sony has provided this statement:
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.
Following this announcement, Driveclub’s game director took to Twitter to supply his own statement:
— Paul Rustchynsky (@Rushy33) March 22, 2016
Evolution Studios, formed in 1999, was acquired by Sony in 2007 along with Bigbig Studios. Known for their Motorstorm series on PS3, Evolution’s PS4 title Driveclub suffered greatly due to numerous delays and online outages after launch. A free PlayStation Plus version was released in June 2015 after being announced as a PS4 launch title.