TGS '07: Sony buys Evolution, readying MotorStorm 2

Sony Computer Entertainment announces the acquisitions of racer developer and Pursuit Force creator Bigbig Studios, says sequel en route.

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TOKYO--Sony Computer Entertainment today announced that it has completed the acquisitions of UK-based Evolution Studios and its subsidiary, Bigbig Studios. Both studios have been developing games exclusively for Sony platforms for a number of years. Now that they're members of SCE's Worldwide Studios (WWS) network, they'll have the opportunity to benefit from sharing technology and production methodology with other studios in the network, which include the Cambridge and London teams, Zipper Interactive, Guerrilla Games, Polyphony Digital, and others in Japan, the UK, and the US.

"Our strategy is to create the best games by working with the best talent, and Evolution and Bigbig are world-class additions to our team," explained SCE Worldwide Studios president Phil Harrison. "The incredible people in these studios further extend the depth and skill of the industry's largest platform-exclusive development resource."

At this point, Evolution Studios is best known for its million-selling MotorStorm on the PlayStation 3, but the studio--established in 1999--made its name developing the World Rally Championship series on PlayStation 2. According to Sony's statement, Evolution is currently working on downloadable content for MotorStorm, as well as a sequel to the game scheduled for release sometime in 2008.

Founded in 2001, Bigbig Studios made a name for itself with the 2005 release of Pursuit Force for the PSP. The game was voted GameSpot's best PSP game of show at Electronic Entertainment Expo 2005 and has sold over 800,000 copies to date. Bigbig is currently working on Pursuit Force: Extreme Justice, which will debut on the PSP in October and get a PS2 release early next year.

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