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.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.
In addition to Codemasters taking on “most” of the studios’ staff, former Evolution Group Director Mike Hocking will also become the company’s new VP of Product Development.According to Codemasters CEO Frank Sagnier, the move, which involved “no financial element,” is a step in “[scaling] our business and [strengthening] our leadership as the world’s premier racing game developer.
The DLC, itself called 'Finish Line', rolled out onto PlayStation Store yesterday, the same day Sony announced that it would be closing the studio.But beyond its name, the DLC also features a pair of events seemingly recognising the closure, including one named 'Clocking Off' and another titled 'The Long Goodbye'.
The closure follows redundancies made at the studio last year, shortly after Sony announced that it was transitioning the studio to "focus on DriveClub as a service".As a result, it has been decided that Evolution Studio will close.
Evolution Studios has joined the Codemasters family.The DriveClub developer will be added to Codemasters portfolio of studios from April 25, becoming a multi-platform developer in the process.
In a message posted on Twitter this afternoon, Brayshaw said that it is "the end of an incredible era for Evolution Studios.Your endless enthusiasm, support, honesty and energy was always our biggest motivator.