Evolution Studios, the developer of Driveclub and the Motorstorm series, has joined video game developer and publisher Codemasters. The British studio stepped in to save the developer after Sony revealed a few weeks ago that Evolution Studios was to be closed down.
Evolution Studios will officially be added to Codemasters portfolio of studios on the 25th of April, becoming a developer that makes multi-platform games. However, like previously stated by Evolution's senior community manager Jamie Brayshaw, IPs created by the team, such as Driveclub and Motorstorm, will remain Sony's property.
"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," Codemasters wrote on its blog. "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."
In addition, there are already plans for the studios's next project, as Evolution Studios and Codemasters have confirmed that the team is going to start working on a new racing IP.
"The success of F1 2015 and DiRT Rally over the last 12 months has re-positioned the company for growth," said Frank Sagnier, Codemasters CEO. "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 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."
As for Driveclub, the game will continue to be supported by Sony and other development teams within the company.