It’s hard to say that we didn’t see this coming, but after the disastrous launch that was DriveClub, the developer behind the game is no more.
Evolution Studios, the developers behind Motorstorm and most recently DriveClub has been shuttered, Sony has announced today. This follows the company cutting 55 staff last year.
In a statement to GamingIndustry, Sony wrote:
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.
Sony went on to add that this has lead to compulsory redundancies and means the company will lose some “high calibre” staff, but by focising on other studios they’ll be able to offer “the best possible content of the highest quality for our consumers.”
The good news here is that Sony is going to try and reposition members to other projects and will make an effort to ensure those staff find work elsewhere if not at the company itself.
“This decision should not take anything away from the great work that Evolution has produced,” Sony concluded.
DriveClub was first announced as an ambitious “connected racer” which would be a launch title for the PlayStation 4. The game was then delayed by over a year until it finally launched in October 2014, almost immediately however the game became unplayable due to players absolutely crippling the servers. This resulted in a delay of the free PS Plus version until the game was sorted, however many had lost interest by time the came became playable again.
In August last year, Sony announced that the game had sold over 2 million copies as well as announcing a new expansion for the game which added bikes into the mix.