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.