Not too long ago Sony confirmed that it had dropped Evolution Studios, which most recently came out with PS4-exclusive Driveclub, as a first-party developer. It wasn’t immediately clear what would become of Evolution Studios as it wasn’t going to live on independently, but there’s clarity now on the future of this studio. Codemasters, another studio that specializes in racing games, has acquired Evolution Studios. This is like a match made in heaven.
UK-based Codemasters is going to complete the acquisition of Evolution Studios on April 25th. The two studios will then work together as Evolution co-founder Mick Hocking will then take charge as the vice president of product development at Codemasters.
Since Sony owns the Driveclub and MotorStorm franchises which made Evolution Studios famous, it’s unlikely that the combined entity is ever going to work on those titles again unless an arrangement is reached with Sony.
It will be interesting to see what the combined strengths of Evolution and Codemasters come out with, perhaps it can be an entirely new racing title or a much improved GRID, DIRT or F1 title as all three franchises are under Codemasters’ belt.
It’s also worth pointing out here that whatever the team creates it’s likely going to be multi-platform since Sony won’t be calling the shots anymore so it won’t have exclusivity on Evolution’s work.