The shutdown is part of a restructuring of the company’s European studios
Sony has closed Evolution Studios — the developer of Driveclub and the World Rally Championship and MotorStorm series — as part of a European studios restructure, according to a statement from the company.
“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,” Sony said in the statement. “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.”
Sony says it is looking at ways of placing staff members in positions at other development studios throughout Sony’s other locations and teams. The company also said, for those former Evolution staff members who can’t be placed on other teams, Sony will help pitch them to other companies and studios outside of Sony’s network of developers.
“Where possible we will try to reallocate people onto other projects,” said the statement. “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.”
As for Driveclub, — which has had several content updates since launch, including the addition of weather conditions and bikes — Evolution community manager Jamie Brayshaw says Sony will continue to support the game with help from other development teams within the company.
Paul Rustchynsky, director of Driveclub, posted a message addressing the closure on Twitter.