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Codemasters snaps up 'Driveclub' developer Evolution Studios

The two racing studios are teaming up.
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It was a sad day when Sony decided to drop Evolution Studios from its pantheon of first-party video game developers. Following the announcement, it was unclear what would become of the company best known for creating Driveclub and the MotorStorm franchise. Well, now we have an answer. Codemasters, another racing specialist in the UK, will be picking up the company on April 25th. It'll create something of an independent super-studio, with Mick Hocking, co-founder of Evolution, taking on the role of VP Product Development at Codemasters.

It's unlikely that Evolution will work on another Driveclub or MotorStorm game. Those franchises are owned by Sony, meaning the studio will probably move on to something new. That could be its own project, or something co-developed with the rest of Codemasters, which have flourished through the GRID, DIRT and F1 franchises. Whatever it makes next, there's every chance it will be multi-platform, given that the team is no longer funded by Sony. That means, potentially, more racing titles on Xbox One, PC and, perhaps, whatever Nintendo is cooking up next.

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Nick Summers is a senior reporter, editor and photographer at Engadget. He studied multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University and holds an NCTJ certificate. Nick previously worked at The Next Web and FE Week, an education-focused newspaper in the UK.

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