Last month in a seemingly unexpected turn of events, Sony announced that it was closing down Motorstorm and Driveclub developer, Evolution Studios. DriveClub is the most popular racing title on PlayStation 4, and while the game will continue, the developer will not. That is until today, as Codemasters have announced that they have taken the Driveclub team onboard their own team.
“We’re delighted to announce that on the 25th April, Codemasters will be expanding its portfolio of studios to include the highly-respected and very talented team from Evolution Studios.” This is awesome news, and it’s great to see such a good developer getting picked up so soon after their dismissal.
“Over the last 30 years, Codemasters and Evolution Studios have created some of the most successful racing franchises in the industry, including GRID®, DiRT®, DRIVECLUB and MotorStorm. This expansion will not only see us gain a wealth of racing expertise and skill, but it’ll take Codemasters to the next level as the world’s largest racing-focused games company. With phenomenal racing DNA on both sides, we hope that gamers out there are excited to see what we do next – as are all of us here at Codies.”
Mick Hocking – formerly of Evolution Studios – will be taking the position of VP Product Development at Codemasters; a role which will see him responsible for all of the company’s studios – including the addition of the now multi-platform Evolution team in Cheshire.
“I’m delighted to be joining Codemasters at such an exciting time in the company’s growth. We have a shared passion for racing, a desire to innovate and a determination to create the best racing games and build the biggest racing community in the market,” Hocking added. I’m very much looking forward to working with so many of the world’s greatest racing developers, on new IP as well as exciting franchises including DiRT, GRID, Micro Machines and the FORMULA ONE™ games.”
At this point, I got somewhat excited by the fact he mentioned Micro Machines in his last sentence. Is this a hint that it is somewhat returning, even after Toybox Turbo?
Last week, Codemasters released Dirt Rally on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and so far the reviews have been excellent!