Codemasters Picks Up DriveClub Studio
When Evolution Studios, the developers behind Playstation’s DriveClub was shut down, it looked like it was game over for the Sony-exclusive racer.
But there’s light at the end of the tunnel for the Evolution devs: British studio Codemasters – the minds behind the classic Micro Machines games and the F1 series – have scooped them up.
We’re delighted to announce that we’re expanding our portfolio of studios to include the team from Evolution Studios https://t.co/i7jFTSxj8f
— Codemasters (@Codemasters) April 11, 2016
Joining Codemasters is a natural fit for Evolution Studios, given the pair’s heritage in motorsports video games. And now the two studios are intent on becoming a ‘racing powerhouse: a UK studio which is hopefully going to be the world number one in racing.’ That’s straight from Mike Hocking, new VP of product development and former Evolution man.
The move puts Codemasters in pole position to achieve precisely that. DriveClub’s former director, Paul Rustchynsky, was equally bullish about the new move, excitably Tweeting:
— Paul Rustchynsky (@Rushy33) April 11, 2016
Turns out that Codemasters have picked up pretty much all of the original Evolution Studios staff – although they haven’t grabbed the IPs for DriveClub and Evolution’s other famous Playstation-only MotorStorm. So while Playstation gamers may not see another DriveClub – at least, probably not developed by Evolution’s staff – Codemasters confirmed that any new games the develop will be multi-platform.
With the larger British studio now gunning to become world leaders of the genre, it’ll be exciting to see where they can take us. It’s a road trip we’re happy to join them on.