Evolution Studios is the creator of MotorStorm and DriveClub. Both games were released as PlayStation exclusives and saw exceptional success in the gaming market. However, Sony recently closed down Evolution Studios and many of its developers were let go.
The good news is that those who lost their jobs have found a new home at Codemasters. Another great studio capable of producing successful racing games like DiRT and Grid. The development team of Evolution Studios has joined Codemasters.
Mick Hocking – formerly of Evolution Studios – will be taking the position of VP Product Development at Codemasters. With this move, Codemaster is expanding its portfolio of studios.
CEO Frank Sagnier said the following about Codemasters and Evolution 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.
Hocking also expressed his excitement over this merger and as a fan, I expect great things from the team in the future and wish them best of luck for their future projects.
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
Codemasters released DiRT Rally last and we are waiting to hear more about their ongoing developments.