We reported that the once Sony-owned developer, Evolution Studios, was shut down last month. Oddly enough, the studio heads didn’t lash out, go crazy, or anything else. Instead, the studio heads put their heads down and kept working.
Now we kind of know what was up! Codemasters has acquired “most” of the staff that was at Evolution Studios and brought them into the fold over at Codemasters.
Over the last 30 years Codemasters and Evolution Studios have created some of the most successful AAA racing franchises in the industry including GRID®, DiRT®, DRIVECLUB and MotorStorm. With phenomenal racing DNA on both sides, this fusion will form the world’s largest racing-focused games company and leverage the expertise from both sides to create the most exciting racing games in the market.
Mick Hocking, formerly the GM and VP of Evolution Studios, will take the new position of VP Product Development at Codemasters and be responsible for all of the company’s studios, including the addition of the now multi-platform Evolution team in Cheshire.
Frank Sagnier, CEO of Codemasters, commented “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 added “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.”
Congratulations to both studios and we hope this is the beginning of new and interesting IPs!