Codemasters, the British studio responsible for many of the more popular racing games of the last several years, has added to their already strong pedigree by acquiring Evolution Studios. Evolution had been most well known due to its successful Motorstorm series, but it’s most recent release was socially focused arcade racer Driveclub. Driveclub was marred by delay’s and ultimately released in October of 2014, minus the Playstation Plus version that was originally promised. While the game was a solid to above average driving experience when played offline, it launched with several issues related to online connectivity. This issue was exacerbated by the fact that it was a racing game that relied heavily on social interactions. Not helping matters was the fact that there were three other strong racing games that came out around the same time: Forza Horizon 2, Project Cars, and The Crew. Eventually the connectivity issues were resolved and updates led to what many consider one of the better racing experiences of this current generation. However the damage done from the rocky launch had apparently taken its tole. Last year 55 employees were laid-off from the company, and on March 22, Sony made the decision to close Evolution Studios completely.
Today, according to the Codemasters’ Twitter account, Evolution Studios has a new home.
We’re delighted to announce that we're expanding our portfolio of studios to include the team from Evolution Studios https://t.co/i7jFTSxj8f
— Codemasters (@Codemasters) April 11, 2016
This is fantastic news for anyone who cares even one iota for racing video games. Codemasters has made their name by churning out stellar racing games. On the other side, while Evolution Studios did hit a bit of a speed bump with Driveclub’s launch, the work done on the Motorstorm series has garnered countless fans. Codemasters has certainly cemented itself as the racing authority with it’s acquisition of Evolution and I eagerly anticipate what the future holds. For more on Codemasters and Evolution Studios, stay tuned to Mammoth Gamers.