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Evolution Studios Staff Join Codemasters

Driveclub, created by Evolution Studios is unquestionably one of the most visually stunning titles on the PlayStation 4. Sadly, the game’s development didn’t go as planned which eventually culminated in the PlayStation Plus version being cancelled. Despite being a visual showpiece, Driveclub’s reception on launch was fairly mixed due to the inconsistent AI and online modes. Unfortunately, Sony decided to close Evolution Studios and halt the company’s current development plans. Thankfully, the company’s talented employees have been hired by Codemasters who make the F1, DIRT and GRID games. Codemasters CEO Frank Sagnier described the merger and said:

“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.”

Mick Hocking will now take the role of VP Product Development at Codemasters and proclaimed:

“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.”

John Williamson

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