DriveClub Developer Shut Down by Sony

Sony working on reallocating employees to other projects.

Posted By | On 22nd, Mar. 2016 Under News | Follow This Author @splitscreener


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Evolution Studios, known for DriveClub and to a larger extent for its MotorStorm franchise, has been shuttered. The decision was taken by parent company Sony in a recent studio review.

As per Games Industry International, Sony released a statement discussing its decision. “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.

Sony will work on finding other positions for its staff on existing projects and even reaching out to other employers. “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.”

DriveClub has had a rather hard history – it was delayed by a year from its initial release date and faced several issues at launch. Despite improvements over time, Evolution Studios laid off 55 employees last year. Lay-offs are always a bummer in the industry and we wish the employees the best in finding other opportunities.


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  • lagann

    Where’s Pramath?

    MS closes down a studio and he writes about how MS is only all about the profit. He rather takes cheap shots at MS instead of writing about the important issue regarding the closure of Press Play which was a good studio.

    Sony closes down a studio and he’s nowhere to be found. I do hope he writes an opinion piece on this topic….just to see how his twisted little fanboy mind works.

    Edit* Seems like Pramath did show up on another article i missed. No surprises here though. He puts a good spin on the topic.

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    • Orion Wolf

      The irony in this whole thing and the clear showing of how much of a PR strategy it was on Sony’s part for having a public recruitment event for the Lionhead staff, just to close a studio of 40-60 people a week later.

      GB and similar sites were quick to write articles about it, I wonder if they will have an op-ed about this.

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    Yeah, because the game sucks. Period. If you want racing for consoles, Xbox One is where it’s at with Forza 6. I have an X1 and i7-4790 pc with R9-290

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