Well gee, this sucks.
According to an official statement given to GameSpot , Sony has closed one of its internal development teams, Evolution Studios.
The developer was responsible for the generally well-received (and extremely well-supported) Driveclub , as well as the very popular – and always super fun! – MotorStorm franchise. This move comes as part of Sony's restructuring of its European studios, as they work to ensure "that the resources that we have in such a competitive landscape can create and produce high quality, innovative and commercially viable products." They added that they will try to shift some team members to other developers within Sony's family, but not everyone will land fresh jobs at the company.
Driveclub director Paul Rustchynsky responded to the closing with a statement on Twitter :
"Before I sign off to take a break and spend some time with my family I just wanted to say a few words. Firstly, a big, big thank you to all the fans that have supported us throughout Evo's storied history; we couldn't have achieved what we did without you.
Thank you to Sony who helped Evo rise to the top tier of racing game teams in the world, working as a first party team has been a fantastic experience.
Last but certainly not least: A massive thank you to the whole team at Evo, it truly has been an honour to work with such a talented, passionate and determined group of people. I hope you will all join me in celebrating Evolution by picking up a pad, throwing on your favourite Evo game, and giving us a victory lap."
Evolution community manager Jamie Brayshaw also offered some parting words , saying "it's the end of an incredible era" and reminding us that Driveclub "will live on under the care of the awesome team at PlayStation." Well, that's something.
Still, don't expect a MotorStorm revival any time soon.
Related Game(s): Driveclub