Despite Sony seemingly putting an end to Evolution Studios, it might not be so, as Codemasters has swooped in to save the DriveClub developer.
Last month Sony announced the closure of Evolution Studios revealing that it’d work to try and place some of the team in other positions or alternatively find them other jobs. This morning Codemasters announced that the team behind DriveClub will now become a part of the DiRT Rally developer.
“The success of F1 2015 and DiRT Rally over the last 12 months has re-positioned the company for growth,” Codemasters CEO Frank Sagnier said. “The addition of the Evolution team to our studio group will allow us to scale our business and strengthen our leadership as the world’s premier racing game developer.”
Evolution Studios co-founder Mike Hocking will be named as Codemasters’ VP of product development, overseeing activity across all of Codemasters studios. Unfortunately, with DriveClub remaining Sony property, a sequel to the ill-fated racer is unlikely.
“I’m thrilled to have Mick Hocking join Codemasters as VP of Product Development. His experience in building AAA IP and leading great teams made him a natural choice to head the development of all of our products,”Sagnier continued. “I am equally thrilled to welcome his talented team to the Codemasters family and I look forward to the great games and brand new IP we will develop together.”
Paul Rustchinsky, Game Director for DriveClub also tweeted the news this morning:
— Paul Rustchynsky (@Rushy33) April 11, 2016
It seems there are exciting times ahead for Codemasters who recently saw some pretty huge critical success with their recent release DiRT Rally, which also landed in second place in the UK Charts this morning.