Regular reviews take place throughout SCE Worldwide Studios, ensuring that the resources that we have in such a competitive landscape can create and produce high quality, innovative and commercially viable projects.
As part of this process we have reviewed and assessed all current projects and plans for the short and medium term and have decided to make some changes to the European studios structure. As a result, it has been decided that Evolution Studio will close.
It is regrettable that this decision will lead to compulsory redundancies. We accept that this decision will mean that we risk losing high calibre staff but by focusing on other Studios that already have exciting new projects in development we believe we will be in a stronger position going forward and able to offer the best possible content of the highest quality for our consumers.
Where possible we will try to reallocate people onto other projects. If appropriate opportunities are not possible within the company, we will assist staff in any way we can, including speaking with local employers and with other development companies. Evolution has been an important part of SCE Worldwide Studios for over 10 years – working on ground-breaking racing titles like WRC, Motorstorm and DRIVECLUB.
This decision should not take anything away from the great work that Evolution has produced.
Adds weather to the game, for online and offline play. Adds two new tracks, both including reverse variants: Atlanterhavsvegen in Norway and Sinclair Pass in Canada.
Meanwhile, Evo revealed new add-ons due out later in December:
Adds the option to configure Throttle/Brake controls onto Up/Down on Right Stick. Adds the ability to access Club Cars when offline. Adds the ability to access Club Paint Jobs when offline. Adds track maps and stats to each track card in Single Event. Adds player statistics to various panels within Single Event and Challenges. Includes more minor bug fixes, performance improvements and usability tweaks.
DriveClub has endured a torrid launch, forcing Sony to indefinitely postpone the DriveClub PS Plus Edition. Originally scheduled to launch alongside the full edition, a plague of issues preventing many players from going online caused Sony to hold back the PS Plus Edition, with no release in sight.
Adds support for the Mazzanti Evantra, coming to PlayStation Store as a free download later in December. Adds support for the Redline Expansion Pack, coming to PlayStation Store as a premium download later in December. This Expansion Pack includes the Redline Car Pack and Redline Tour Pack. The Redline Car Pack includes 5 new cars: Mercedes SLS AMG E-Drive, McLaren F1 LM, Renault Alpine A110-50, Ferrari 458 Speciale, and Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. The Redline Tour Pack includes 11 new Events and 5 new Trophies. Adds support for the Elements Tour Pack, coming to PlayStation Store as a premium download later in December. The Elements Tour Pack includes 11 new Events and 5 new Trophies.
Entering PS Plus:
8th October: Velocity 2X 8th October: Sportsfriends 8th October: PlayStation Battle Royale 8th October: Hoard 8th October: TxK 8th October: Joe Danger Vita 8th October: Batman: Arkham Asylum (PS3) 8th / 10th October: DriveClub PlayStation Plus Edition (PS4) 8th October: Dust: An Elysian Tail (PS4) 8th October: Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara (PS3) 8th October: Pix the Cat (PS Vita/PS4 Cross Buy) 8th October: Rainbow Moon (PS Vita/PS3 Cross Buy) 8th October: Spelunky (PS4/PS3/PS Vita Cross Buy)
DRIVECLUB is about teamwork; it’s about everyone fighting for one another and earning rewards together – and most importantly it’s about sharing in the excitement of every race.In a post on the EU PlayStation Blog, it mentions that some familiar Sony employees can be seen racing against each other in the trailer.
In this video we asked our friends across the PlayStation family to get involved, so keep a look out for friendly faces from Naughty Dog, Media Molecule, Guerrilla Games, Santa Monica Studio, XDev, SCEE and of course Shuhei Yoshida. So check it out (again!) and start thinking about who you will play DRIVECLUB with – and share this trailer with them so your club is ready for launch.Driveclub will be available as a PlayStation 4 exclusive come October 8th, with a free PlayStation Plus demo to boot for members. Those looking for even more in-depth coverage can find a full 40-minute demo playthrough via PlayStation's Twitch.
"PlayStation recognizes that the prior plan for DriveClub entitlement for the upgrade to the PS Plus edition was not appropriate. As a result, we have adjusted the PlayStation Plus terms for DriveClub," reads an update to the PlayStation Blog post about the PS Plus Edition. "Now, if you intend on downloading DriveClub PlayStation Plus Edition, and upgrading to the full game experience, you will have access to the full game even if your PlayStation Plus subscription runs out."The PlayStation Plus upgrade will still be available at the previous price of $49.99, making it effectively cheaper than the retail edition. DriveClub's new game director, Paul Rustchynsky, took to the PS Blog today to post two videos explaining a couple of the game's primary features, which you can check out below.
The problem with being ambitious is you have to be prepared to accept there will be challenges along the way. What DRIVECLUB offers has not been previously achieved in this category, and, because of this, the team needed more time to give you the game you’re waiting for.Check out the new trailer and screens below for a glimpse at some of the realistic cars featured in the racing game, plus a look at the various integrated online modes.
In addition to the new date, we are also very pleased to announce that as of February 2014, Paul Rustchynsky — better known as Rushy — has been at the helm of DRIVECLUB as Game Director. We appreciate the announcement has come a little late, however we wanted to inform his appointment along with the new date announcement.
“So, I think that at PlayStation, perhaps more than at other places, we’re willing to kinda eat that [cost],” Rohde says, “and go back to the drawing board and make sure the game is great before we ship it. And that’s what’s going on right now with that game.”Sadly it is unclear when exactly we can expect DriveClub on the PlayStation 4, and just what it will represent in terms of quality and improvement from its original reveal. When asked if the game would be releasing anytime in 2014, Rohde was somewhat tight-lipped, with a PR representative promising more details soon enough.