Evolution Studios

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Evolution Studios
Type Subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment
Industry Computer and video games
Predecessors Bigbig Studios
Founded 1999
Founders Martin Kenwright
Ian Hetherington
Mick Hocking
Headquarters Runcorn, Cheshire, United Kingdom
Key people Mick Hocking (Group Studio Director)
Products World Rally Championship series (2001–5)
MotorStorm series (2006–present)
Owners Sony Corporation
Parent Independent (1999–2007)
SCE Worldwide Studios (2007–present)

Evolution Studios Ltd. is a British video game developer. The company was founded in 1999 by Martin Kenwright (Digital Image Design) and Ian Hetherington (Psygnosis), following the purchase of DID's publisher Ocean Software by Infogrames. Kenwright left DID with six members of staff to form Evolution Studios.

Then based in Frodsham, Cheshire, it developed a racing demo on PC, depicting multiple rally cars racing on a circuit with cockpit views, which was subsequently picked up by Sony as it was interested in a PlayStation 2 game based on the World Rally Championship licence.

Evolution is now headquartered in Runcorn, Cheshire.

Both Evolution and their satellite studio, Bigbig Studios, in Warwickshire were acquired by Sony Computer Entertainment in September 2007.[1] At this point, Kenwright and Hetherington left the company, with its co-founder Mick Hocking taking over, running Evolution, Bigbig and SCE Studio Liverpool as Group Studio Director. Hocking was subsequently promoted to Vice President of the Studio Group in April 2011.

The developer latest game was Driveclub. It was scheduled as a PS4 launch title, although it was ultimately delayed, until October 2014.[2] They claim they had trademarked the name of the game almost 10 years ago, but were waiting for the technology to create their vision of the game.

Games developed[edit]

Game title Year released Platform GameRankings Metacritic Notes
World Rally Championship 2001 PlayStation 2 81.33%[3] 80/100[4] First game developed as Evolution Studios
WRC II Extreme 2002 82.33%[5] N/A
WRC 3 2003 79.38%[6] N/A
WRC 4 2004 81.86%[7] N/A
WRC: Rally Evolved 2005 79.81%[8] N/A
MotorStorm 2006 PlayStation 3 82.43%[9] 84/100[10]
MotorStorm: Pacific Rift 2008 82.49%[11] 82/100[12]
MotorStorm: Apocalypse 2011 78.34%[13] 77/100[14]
MotorStorm: RC 2012 PlayStation 3
PlayStation Vita
77.95%[15] 78/100[16]
Driveclub 2014 PlayStation 4 72.09% [17] 72/100 [18]


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