Following the cutting of 55 staffers from Evolution Studios last year, Sony has now revealed that they are shutting down the DriveClub and Motorstorm developer completely.
The news was revealed via GI.biz, where Sony issued a statement regarding the company’s closure. They begin by saying that “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.”
They go on to say that “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.”
Sony confirms that they will do everything they can to try and relocate the people from Evolution Studios onto other projects of theirs, and if that’s not possible they will help them find work elsewhere.
It remains to be seen what this will mean for DriveClub’s future, as the game had been regularly supported with content updates and a VR version of the game was in the works.