|Subsidiary of Sony Computer Entertainment|
|Industry||Computer and video games|
Digital Image Design
|Headquarters||Runcorn, Cheshire, United Kingdom|
|Mick Hocking (Group Studio Director)|
|Products||World Rally Championship series (2001–5)
MotorStorm series (2006–)
Number of employees
|Parent||SCE Worldwide Studios|
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's latest game was Driveclub. It was scheduled as a PS4 launch title, although it was ultimately delayed, until October 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.
In March 2015, 55 staff members were cut from Evolution Studio, which sources say is approximately half the studio. The redundancies have been described by Sony as a way to focus the studio on developing Driveclub as a service. 
|2001||World Rally Championship||PlayStation 2|
|2002||WRC II Extreme||PlayStation 2|
|2003||WRC 3||PlayStation 2|
|2004||WRC 4||PlayStation 2|
|2005||WRC: Rally Evolved||PlayStation 2|
|2008||MotorStorm: Pacific Rift||PlayStation 3|
|2011||MotorStorm: Apocalypse||PlayStation 3|
|2012||MotorStorm: RC||PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita|
- Official website
- GameSpot.com Profile of Evolution Studios
- Moby Games - Rap Sheet of Evolution Studios
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