Sony has closed Evolution Studios, the makers of PS4 game DriveClub. Evolution Studios have been in the Sony World Wide Studios for many years and delivered many games for Sony consoles like Motorstorm and more.
Evolution Studios was closed because Sony did a review and found out that they had to divert resources in an effective way and the studio had to go. It has been a tough time for UK development studios and this is another blow.
DriveClub had a shaky launch and received middling scores but was constantly updated and became one of the best racing games ever made.
Here’s Sony’s full 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.
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