Evolution Studios, the developer behind franchises like World Rally Championship and MotorStorm, has been shut down by Sony, we’ve just learned. The company’s most recent DriveClub was a troubled project for the studio and Sony, having seen delays and online problems – 55 people had been cut from Evolution just one year ago. Now, Sony has made the tough decision to make the rest of the Evolution staff redundant.
Such a shame. When it comes to arcade racing games, Evolution was one the the finest developers.
Sure, it lacks features you expect to see in a modern racing game. But Driveclub excels where it counts: when you are racing. The physics feel spot-on for arcade/simulation hybrid. Driving in at breakneck speeds at night—especially when in cockpit view—is both terrifying and exhilarating, and I can’t think of any other game that does it better.
The launch of Driveclub has been marred by technical issues and the game has been criticised for lack of content, but I am having an absolute blast. The driving feels sublime and, at times, it looks absolutely stunning.