Evolution Studios has found a new home and have joined up with Codemasters following Sony’s decision to close the developer last month, the studio has announced. Evolution Studios will join up with Codemasters from April 25 where they will become a multi-platform developer and will begin work on a brand new IP.
The studio is famous for developing popular games MotorStorm and Driveclub and have plenty of experience in creating racing franchises. As a result of Sony’s decision to close down the studio and Evolution’s acquisition by Codemasters, the existing IPs that Evolution studios helped develop, MotorStorm and Driveclub, will both remain property of Sony.
“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,” wrote Codemasters. “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.”
“The success of F1 2015 and DiRT Rally over the last 12 months has re-positioned the company for growth,” said Codemasters CEO Frank Sagnier. “The addition of the Evolution team to our studio group will allow us to scale our business and strengthen our leadership as the world’s premier racing game developer.
“I’m thrilled to have [Evolution co-founder] Mick Hocking join Codemasters as VP of Product Development. His experience in building AAA IP and leading great teams made him a natural choice to head the development of all of our products. I am equally thrilled to welcome his talented team to the Codemasters family and I look forward to the great games and brand new IP we will develop together.”
Speaking about joining up with Codemasters, Evolution Studios co-founder Mick Hocking added, “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.”
“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.”