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Sony Closes Evolution Studios

Sony is finally closing down Evolution studios after a long struggle to keep it afloat.

Earlier this week, Sony made the decision to finally close down it's floundering motor-sports developer Evolution Studios. After five years of releasing games that received so-so reception, Sony came to the conclusion that it was better to cut the cord rather than trying to keep the British developer on life support.

When You Didn't Want NASCAR

Evolution Studios is best known internationally for the popular World Rally Championship racing game series and also for off-road racing series Motorstorm. However, after 2005, Evolution Studios abandoned its signature franchise due to heavy competition against other popular racing games such as Forza. From there, Evolution Studios began to focus more on developing Motorstorm, hoping to fill in the niche of off-road racing. While starting out strong, the Motorstorm franchise began to decline with its last two titles: Motorstorm: Pacific Rift and Motorstorm: Apocalypse.

And Here Comes The Dagger

To save themselves from being closed down, Evolution Studios then released Driveclub in 2014 to take advantage of the stumbling efforts of Need for Speed at the time. Unfortunately for Evolution Studios, the game was not well-received. Because of this and the revival of Need for Speed, Sony decided that Evolution Studios was more trouble than it was worth and began reducing the company. In March 2015, around half the studio was let go by Sony. After a year of malaise, Sony then made the final judgment on Evolution Studios and closed it down on March 22, 2016.

Published Mar. 24th 2016
  • Pierre Fouquet
    Associate Editor
    First Lionhead, now Evolution... why do console manufacturers hate England?

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