Posted Mon Apr 11, 2016 at 08:00 AM PDT by Sophia Edwards
Will become the Evolution Team.
Evolution Studios, developer of 'Motorstorm' and 'Driveclub' was shut down last month by Sony following a rocky release for the latter title. Thankfully, it seems like the employees of Evolution have found their feet again remarkably quickly, with Codemasters announcing that they will take in the studios developers as the new Evolution team. Mike Hocking of Evolution is now the VP of product development at Codemasters, and will oversee all of the companies studios, including the Evolution team. The studio issued the following statement regarding the merger:
Codies CEO Frank Sagnier has said of the union, “The success of F1™ 2015 and DiRT Rally over the last 12 months has re-positioned the company for growth. 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.”
Mick Hocking added, “I’m delighted to be joining Codemasters at such an exciting time in the company’s growth. We have a shared passion for racing, a desire to innovate and a determination to create the best racing games and build the biggest racing community in the market. I’m very much looking forward to working with so many of the world’s greatest racing developers, on new IP as well as exciting franchises including DiRT, GRID, Micro Machines™ and the FORMULA ONE™ games.”
It's wonderful seeing a studio get back up after a closure so quickly. Here's hoping the same happens to other studios that have been shuttered or affected by layoffs lately.
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