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Sony Closes DriveClub Developer; Evolution Studios

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Sony has officially announced they have shut down the DriveClub developer; Evolution Studios. After a long and tumultuous development, the team released DriveClub, which was released to a fairly mixed critical reception. Critics praised the visuals, sound design, and the controls, but criticized the online playability, and gameplay variety. A year ago, 55 of Evolution's employees were laid-off, but now, Sony has had to make the tough choice in making the rest of Evolution's staff redundant.

 

Sony said it would try to reallocate some of the Evolution team to other studios, but the company's aware that it may also lose some serious talent -

 

"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."

Source - http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2016-03-22-sony-confirms-closure-of-evolution-studio

 

Although DriveClub wasn't the greatest of titles, I wish those who lost their jobs the best of luck.

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Crap, I have been hoping they would do another Motorstorm game, guess that's not happening now.

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It's not surprising considering how Driveclub really failed to generate any interest after several delays and broken promises.

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I'm not surprised, Driveclub was a miserable failure in content and even more so in the incompetent launch.

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12 minutes ago, Crazycrab said:

I'm not surprised, Driveclub was a miserable failure in content and even more so in the incompetent launch.

It's still a shame that one poorly developed and poorly recieved game can cause the closure of a studio with a good, if not great legacy of games like Evolution Studios had. I still have fond memories of playing the PS2 WRC series and the PS3 Motorstorm series.

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