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demasters buys Driveclub developer Evolution Studios

Despite being shut down by Sony, the creators of Driveclub will not have to split up and instead will go mulitformat.

The Driveclub name and tech still belongs to Sony, but developer Evolution Studios is now a part of F1 and DiRT Rally publisher Codemasters.

That in turn makes Codemasters the biggest racing game maker in the world, as Mick Hocking, who used to manage Evolution at Sony, joins Codemasters as vice president of product development.

Driveclub lead developer Paul Rustchynsky is also making the move to Codemasters, as are a majority of other staff.

The question now is what the team will be working on for Codemasters. The obvious guess is a spiritual sequel to Driveclub (or MotorStorm), especially as Codies don’t really have any similar kinds of racer at the moment.

‘We’ve got the opportunity to write new tech on multiple platforms for the first time, to work on new ideas’, Hocking told GamesIndustry.biz. ‘It’s really exciting. It’s really the core team we’ve brought across.’

‘We’re looking to scale our business, we’re absolutely focused on racing, we want to only do AAA racing, which is exactly what these guys are about,’ said Codemasters’ Frank Sagnier.

‘We share DNA, passion, talent. So it was sort of lucky that Sony took that decision, and I’m very happy about it. We were Ferrari and Mercedes, now we’re the same team.’

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