Codemasters has announced that it has snapped up Evolution Studios, the developer behind PlayStation-exclusive franchises DriveClub and MotorStorm, following news last month that the studio had been shuttered by Sony.
Evolution will now join the Warwickshire-based industry veteran’s portfolio of studios on April 25, and as such will function as a multi-format developer. However, the DriveClub and MotorStorm IPs will still remain the property of Sony.
"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," said Codemasters. "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."
"The success of F1 2015 and DiRT Rally over the last 12 months has re-positioned the company for growth," said Frank Sagnier, CEO of Codemasters. "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 [Evolution co-founder] 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."
Details on Evolution’s next project remain under wraps although we’ll be sure to bring you any details as we get them.