Less than a month ago we got word that Sony were closing down Evolution Studios, creators of hit racing games like Motorstorm and Driveclub. Today, in a bit of good news it looks like the UK developer has been acquired by Codemasters, who themselves are known pretty much for making great racing games. So, just like a robot from an '80s Japanese cartoon, they're joining forces to form one of the biggest names in racing.
With this acquisition the previously PlayStation-exclusive developer will now look towards creating racing games across a number of different platforms. "Oh hey PC, it's me Evolution, nice to meet you." And so forth. A lot of the key developers of the studio's most recent game, Driveclub, will be making the transition to Codemasters. As Sony owns the rights to that game and all the other racing title's from the studio Evolution's next game will be a new racing IP.
"We want the team to remain to remain the team that they are," Codemasters CEO Frank Sagnier told GamesIndustry.biz. "We want to benefit from everything that they've learned as a team together, we want them to create their own games. Of course there will be synergies, of course we will share stuff, but we would like to make sure they retain their identity and stay together as a team to do what they're good at. What we don't want to do is bring in a team of 50 people and start having some work on one game and some on another, on existing IP. The whole point is to keep their DNA and build a new game."
And they all lived happily ever after.