Evolution Studios, longtime racing developer of fan favorites MotorStorm and World Rally Championship, has closed. The closure comes only a year after the studio lost half its staff to redundancies. The racing developer's most recent title, Driveclub, was beset with delays and online connectivity issues and was likely the reason behind Evolution Studio’s closing.
Sony’s decision to close Evolution Studios came after a regular review of every developer within Sony. In its official statement, Sony lamented the loss of Evolution Studio’s “high calibre staff” and said it “will try to reallocate people” where possible.
For fans of Driveclub, the developer’s closure may come as a shock. Fortunately, Jamie Brayshaw, the Senior Community Manager for Evolution Studios, tweeted that “Driveclub will live on under the care of the awesome team at Playstation and we hope it will continue to thrive in their safe hands and with continued support from all of you.”