Sony has just confirmed that Evolution Studios, the team behind Motorstorm and more recently Driveclub, has been closed down.
The studio had endured difficult times of late, with delays and then serious issues marring the launch of its most recent title, Driveclub, a PlayStation 4 exclusive that promised plenty but ultimately failed to deliver on its original vision and potential.
In an official statement, Sony explained the decision to close down the studio and in doing so say goodbye some of the talented developers that have worked for them for many years:
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.
This decision should not take anything away from the great work that Evolution has produced.
We'd like to wish all those who just lost their jobs a speedy return to work.