|Predecessor||SCE Studio Liverpool, Bigbig Studios|
|Products||World Rally Championship series|
Number of employees
|about 60|
|Parent||SIE Worldwide Studios (2007–2016)|
Evolution Studios Ltd. was a British video game developer headquartered in Runcorn, Cheshire. The company was founded in 1999 by Martin Kenwright and Ian Hetherington, following the purchase of their studio Digital Image Design's publisher Ocean Software by Infogrames. Kenwright then left Digital Image Design with six members of staff to form Evolution Studios.
Then based in Frodsham, Cheshire, it developed a racing demo on PC, depicting multiple rally cars racing on a circuit with cockpit views, which was subsequently picked up by Sony as it was interested in a PlayStation 2 game based on the World Rally Championship licence.
Both Evolution and their satellite studio, Bigbig Studios, in Warwickshire were acquired by Sony Computer Entertainment in September 2007. At this point, Kenwright and Hetherington left the company, with its co-founder Mick Hocking taking over, running Evolution, Bigbig and SCE Studio Liverpool as Group Studio Director. Hocking was subsequently promoted to Vice President of the Studio Group in April 2011.
The developer's last game was Driveclub. It was scheduled as a PlayStation 4 launch title, although it was ultimately delayed, until October 2014. They claim they had trademarked the name of the game almost 10 years ago, but were waiting for the technology to create their vision of the game.
On 23 March 2015, 55 staff members were cut from Evolution Studio, which sources say is approximately half the studio. The redundancies have been described by Sony as a way to focus the studio on developing Driveclub as a service. On 22 March 2016, Sony announced that Evolution Studios was closed. On 11 April 2016, the development team joined Codemasters. Codemasters' CEO Frank Sagnier said that the acquisition of the fifteen year-long development practice of Evolution Studios allows the two racing game developers to pool their "shared DNA, passion and talents". Codemasters has allowed the previous employees of Evolution Studios to retain their own unique style.
After the disappointing sales of their next game Onrush, several members of the Codemasters EVO development division were let go in redundancies, including game director Paul Rustchynsky and the division was shifted to a support role for other Codemasters titles.
|2001||World Rally Championship||PlayStation 2||81.33%||80/100|
|2002||WRC II Extreme||82.33%||N/A|
|2005||WRC: Rally Evolved||79.81%||N/A|
|2008||MotorStorm: Pacific Rift||82.49%||82/100|
|2012||MotorStorm: RC||PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita||78.35%||78/100|
|2015||Driveclub Bikes||PlayStation 4|
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