|Type||Subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment|
|Industry||Computer and video games|
|Predecessor(s)||SCE Studio Liverpool
|Founder(s)||Martin Kenwright, Ian Hetherington, Mick Hocking|
|Headquarters||Runcorn, Cheshire, UK|
|Key people||Mick Hocking (Group Studio Director)|
|Products||World Rally Championship series (2001-2005)
MotorStorm series (2006-present)
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.
Both Evolution and their satellite studio, Bigbig Studios, in Warwickshire were acquired by Sony Computer Entertainment in September 2007. 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 is currently developing the game "DriveClub" as a PS4 launch title, although it was ultimately delayed, until Early 2014. 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.
|Game Title||Year Released||Platform|
|WRC: World Rally Championship||2001||PlayStation 2|
|WRC II Extreme||2002||PlayStation 2|
|WRC 3||2003||PlayStation 2|
|WRC 4||2004||PlayStation 2|
|WRC: Rally Evolved||2005||PlayStation 2|
|MotorStorm: Pacific Rift||2008||PlayStation 3|
|MotorStorm: Apocalypse||2011||PlayStation 3|
|MotorStorm: RC||2012||PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita|
- Official website
- GameSpot.com Profile of Evolution Studios
- Moby Games - Rap Sheet of Evolution Studios
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