DriveClub PS4 PlayStation 4

As has been rumoured for the past couple of days, DriveClub developer Evolution Studios has been struck by a round of layoffs. The studio best known for the MotorStorm series was purchased by Sony in 2007, but has had to weather some nasty storms in recent years. Long-term readers will remember MotorStorm Apocalypse being delayed due to the Japanese earthquake – before being deployed during the big PlayStation Network outage.

These were out of its control, however, whereas its issues with DriveClub were very different. The game was originally set to launch alongside the PlayStation 4 but was pushed back a year. When it did eventually arrive, though, it was struck by serious server issues, which has prompted the promised PlayStation Plus version to remain missing in action for over six months now. The game, at least, does work as intended these days.

And it sold really well, becoming the best selling exclusive in the UK last year. However, that hasn't prevented people from losing their jobs. "Evolution Studios will now focus on DriveClub as a service going forward, in particular, the important launch of the PlayStation Plus Edition," a statement said. "We will be restructuring Evolution Studios to ensure that SCE WWS and, in particular, Evolution Studios are in the best position to achieve these goals."

Sony continued: "Our first party development studios are key to our creative strategy, and we are very excited about the future projects being worked on and the role Evolution Studios will play." The developer's definitely not being shutdown, then, but it remains to be seen whether it will get another crack at a full PS4 project. While we await more information on that, it goes without saying that our thoughts go out to all of those affected by this news.