Sony has closed Evolution Studios, the developer behind Driveclub and the Motorstorm series. On the bright side, the company stated that it would try to relocate some employees to other studios.
"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," said Sony.
"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.
"Evolution has been an important part of SCE Worldwide Studios for over 10 years "“ working on ground-breaking racing titles like WRC, Motorstorm and DRIVECLUB.
"This decision should not take anything away from the great work that Evolution has produced."
Despite Evolution Studios closing down, senior community manager Jamie Brayshaw revealed on Twitter that Driveclub will continue to be supported by Sony and other development teams within the company. In same tweet, he also took the opportunity to thanks fans for all the support over the years.
"Community has always been at the heart of everything we've worked hard for at Evo," said Brayshaw. "Your endless enthusiasm, support, honesty and energy was always our biggest motivator. You all helped Evo to become one of the greatest racing game studios in the world, and we can't thank you enough for that. You will continue to inspire us while we all take a little break and work out what we're going to do next...
"Thank you once more, for everything. The best is yet to come."