Sony Closes Driveclub Developer Evolution Studios

Longstanding studio, which developed games across PS2, PS3 and PS4, is axed as part of wider restructure.

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Driveclub developer Evolution Studios has been closed by its parent company Sony. According to a statement issued to GameSpot, the closure was enacted as part of a restructure to its European studios.

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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. It has been decided that Evolution Studio will close."

Sony said it will attempt to shift some developers from Evolution studios, which is also known for its work on the World Rally Championship and Motorstorm franchises, to other teams. It noted, however, that there will be some compulsory redundancies.

"Where possible we will try to reallocate people onto other projects," it said. "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.

"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."

Paul Rustchynsky, director of Driveclub, posted a message addressing the closure on Twitter.

"Before I sign off to take a break and spend some time with my family I just wanted to say a few words," he said. "Firstly, a big, big thank you to all the fans that have supported us throughout Evo's storied history; we couldn't have achieved what we did without you.

"Thank you to Sony who helped Evo rise to the top tier of racing game teams in the world, working as a first party team has been a fantastic experience.

"Last but certainly not least: A massive thank you to the whole team at Evo, it truly has been an honour to work with such a talented, passionate and determined group of people. I hope you will all join me in celebrating Evolution by picking up a pad, throwing on your favourite Evo game, and giving us a victory lap."

Evolution community manager Jamie Brayshaw also released a statement on Evolution's closure, confirming that Driveclub will continue to be supported by other teams at PlayStation.

"It's the end of an incredible era for Evolution Studios," Brayshaw wrote. "Driveclub will live on under the care of the awesome team at PlayStation and we hope it will continue to thrive in their safe hands and with continued support from all of you, the players, our community.

"Community has always been at the heart of everything we've worked hard for at Evo. Your endless enthusiasm, support, honesty, and energy was always our biggest motivator. You all helped Evo to become one of the greatest racing gaming studios in the world, and we can't thank you enough for that. You will continue to inspire us while we all take a little break and work out what we're going to do next ... Thank you once more, for everything. The best is yet to come."

Since its launch in October 2014, Driveclub sold over 2 million copies. Although the game was initially criticised for being a barebones experience at launch, Evolution has released numerous content updates and, over time, it has improved significantly.

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This sucks. I've been hearing some really good things about Driveclub lately. This should be a lesson to the industry. Imagine if Driveclub released much later with all the updates from the start. This situation would probably be totally different.

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Always a bummer when this happens.

I thought DC was okay. Didn't set my world on fire mind.

Hopefully they find work elsewhere.

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Why is it the only thing i can imagine is

Kazuo Hirai walking in like "were shutting down this b!tch"

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Hypocrites. Hypocrites everywhere.

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@Zicoroen: thanks for your input

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The Game Industry is Brutal.

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@xxmavr1kxx: Crazy brutal. Old friend of mine has been in it a long, long time. Worked on a lot of hit games. And has moved his family five times. You gotta love it, cuz it's a crazy way to make a living.

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Maybe Sony should have them made another Motorstorm instead of Drive Club.

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@sladakrobot: That would have been awesome. I loved that game.

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@joshrmeyer: Never played it but i saw positive scores about MS 1+2.

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I thought only evil M$ closed down studios?

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@FLOPPAGE_50: I'm guessing with your ignorant post you are a Bernie Sanders supporter?

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@FLOPPAGE_50: No M$ are in a handful of developers that like to shut down well loved studios. Alas they all do it, tis a brutal industry gaming and only the blinkered would see what they want to see.

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@kyelo: A couple points I'd like to make

1.) Microsoft Studios is a publisher, not a developer

2.) "like to shut down well loved studios"

That seems a little crazy to assume that publishers like closing down their studios, isn't it?

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@FLOPPAGE_50: Nobody says that.

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@Barighm: That's an absolute lie.

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@Barighm: I am sure i have seen commemnts like that in the article about Lionhead Studios

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@sladakrobot: I think they had shut down a huge # of studios recently. And the stir with lionhead was most likely do to the fable game. Every company does it, just some more than other I guess.

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@Barighm: a ton of people took the opportunity to shit all over M$.

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ZOMG guys sonys going under. This is the beginning of the end. A studio closed OMG OMG

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Well that blows, Drive Club is really good now and they really supported that game post launch with a lot of free content.

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In other words he would like to thank all the special fan boys who made their unfinished game such a success. Oddly why didnt Sony mention Drive club or say how this restructuring would effect the game.

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@kentray1985: Unfinished? This game has had tons of post-release content.

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@brn-dn: Hey I bought driveclub at launch, It wasnt finished. Great that dlc happened after it released but I expected a full game considering all of the delays it had.

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@kentray1985: Well it was a "game as a service" game that continued to receive free and paid content updates up until last week.

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@kentray1985: "In other words he would like to thank all the special fan boys who made their unfinished game such a success."

You say that as if Driveclub was the only game they released. He was thanking anyone who ever bought any of their many games.

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@i_am_kesmonkey: I know man I was just being a douche. Driveclub was the only game ive played from evolution and although it was a beautiful game it was noticeably unfinished at launch. The server issues didnt help.

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No surprise driverclub worst game did maybe should done another mortorstom than driverclub

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@playstationzone: Maybe you pick English up book than video play games...

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@nipseymc: Maybe you should stop mocking him...

English might not be his first language


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@nipseymc: That's messed up. English is a hard language. He speaks better English than a lot of people on here who's first language is English.

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@nipseymc: The irony, your sentence makes completely no sense yet you're trying to correct him

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@rosinmonkekyx17: Pretty sure that 747 just flew right over your head bud. ;)

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@rosinmonkekyx17: wooosh!!

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@rosinmonkekyx17: Irony or intent?

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@rosinmonkekyx17: That's the joke...

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@asneakypoptart: An immature joke, he is intently mocking him even though English could not be his first language

You people disgust the rest of us