Sony zatvara Evolution Studios!

Sony je odlučio zatvorit vrata Evolution Studiosa, inače developera DriveClub i Motorstorm igara. Evolution Studios je osnovan već davne 1999. godine, njihov prvi projekt je bio „World Rally Championship“, inače prva igra koja je bila službeno licencirana od strane WRC-a. Nakon toga su uslijedile još četiri igre pod WRC licencom, također za PS2, sve do 2006. kada izbacuju na Playstation 3 ekskluzivu Motorstorm. DriveClub (PS4 ekskluziva iz 2014.) je njihova posljednja igra, prodana u nešto više od 2 milijuna primjeraka.


U službenoj izjavi Sonya stoji:

“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. As part of this process we have reviewed and assessed all current projects and plans for the short and medium term and have decided to make some changes to the European studios structure. 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. Where possible we will try to reallocate people onto other projects. If appropriate opportunities are not possible within the company, we will assist staff in any way we can, including speaking with local employers and with other development companies. Evolution has been an important part of SCE Worldwide Studios for over 10 years – working on ground-breaking racing titles like WRC, Motorstorm and DRIVECLUB. This decision should not take anything away from the great work that Evolution has produced.”

Nas posebno žalosti ova vijest, jer je nakon lošeg launcha, ova igra je sa svojim ažuriranjima postala jedna od najvažnijih racing naslova zadnjih godina, a još više od toga, jest činjenica da više nećemo gledat nove Driveclub i Motorstorm naslove. Tužan dan za svijet virtualnog racinga.