DriveClub Developer Evolution Studios Struck by Layoffs
Posted by Sammy Barker
Two other UK teams affected
We’re approaching the end of the fiscal year, which means that Sony’s still going through the process of downsizing some of its teams. Following redundancies at God of War developer Sony Santa Monica earlier in the month, the platform holder has now confirmed that there have been casualties at three of its British teams: London Studio, Guerrilla Cambridge, and Evolution Studios.
While the exact figure isn’t clear, Videogamer.com reports that “numerous” people at each outfit have been let go. “Regular reviews take place throughout SCE Worldwide Studios, ensuring that the resources that we have in such a competitive business can create and produce high quality, innovative, and commercially viable projects," a statement from the firm explained.
“As part of this process, we have reviewed and assessed all current projects and have decided to make some changes to some of our European Studios. As a result of this, there will be a focused restructure within London Studio, Guerrilla Cambridge, and Evolution Studios to ensure that SCE Worldwide Studios is in the best position to achieve their goals going forward.”
It’s likely, then, that some prototypes have been scrapped as a consequence – but we’re not privy to exactly what just yet. Evolution Studios is, of course, working on DriveClub, while Guerrilla Cambridge just released Killzone: Mercenary for the PlayStation Vita. London Studio has its finger in a lot of pies, but recently collaborated on The Playroom and created The Deep demo for Project Morpheus. Naturally, our thoughts go out to all of those affected by this news.