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Evo­lu­tion started to show signs of ill health in March last year when 55 peo­ple – around half the stu­dio – lost their jobs. A year later, Sony closed the re­main­der of the com­pany, end­ing a ten-year re­la­tion­ship and cit­ing the need to en­sure that its re­sources were ded­i­cated to “high­qual­ity, in­no­va­tive and com­mer­cially vi­able projects”. It was an ig­no­ble end for a stu­dio that con­sis­tently pushed the rac­ing genre into new ter­ri­tory, and a blow that came just a fort­night af­ter Mi­crosoft’s clo­sure of fel­low UK stu­dio Lion­head. Thank good­ness, then, for Code­mas­ters, which hired the en­tire de­vel­op­ment team, cre­at­ing some­thing of a UK rac­ing pow­er­house.

fu­ture may be un­cer­tain, but Evo­lu­tion’s ta­lent will race again.

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