Evolution Studios saved by Codemasters0 Comments
Last month must have been an extremely frightening time for the folks at Evolution Studios. It was then that Sony announced the developer's closure. This was a shock considering the immense amount of hype once surrounding their game Driveclub. Of course, things really didn't pan out for the game as expected, which may have led to the unfortunate closure.
Luckily, another developer has stepped in to help out. Codemasters has now acquired Evolution Studios. This move does not include all previous staff, but the majority of key members have been retained. This is big news for a variety of reasons. For one, this means Codemasters is the "largest racing-focused games company." After all, this studio now houses folks who have worked on games from throughout the Dirt and Grid series as well as Driveclub now.
There's another big, exciting aspect. Evolution Studios had been a Sony-exclusive creator up until this point. Now the team is finally able to pursue other avenues as they see fit. This means it is entirely possible we may see their skill at work on Xbox One and PC games as well.
Codemasters CEO Frank Sagnier had this to say about the acquisition of Evolution Studios:
"We want to benefit from everything that they've learned as a team together, we want them to create their own games. Of course there will be synergies, of course we will share stuff, but we would like to make sure they retain their identity and stay together as a team to do what they're good at. What we don't want to do is bring in a team of 50 people and start having some work on one game and some on another, on existing IP. The whole point is to keep their DNA and build a new game."
It looks like Evolution Studios are now in a good place to keep doing what they love, while not needing to fear losing their unique identities in the process. We look forward to seeing whatever new IPs they'll come up with!