Sony Computer Entertainment has provided a short response in regards to the release date delay and development concerns of “Driveclub” that sprung up after the company announced layoffs at Evolution Studios. According to a report from Aus Gamers on March 26, a representative first confirmed that the dismissals are part of a procedure to ensure the publisher is using resources to “create and produce high quality, innovative and commercially viable projects.”
As a result, the company decided to cut some jobs from their European studios. In addition to Evolution Studios, Guerrilla Cambridge and SCE London also suffered job losses. You can find some screens from the arcade racing video game with the media gallery to the left side of this article and the comments from the representative below (courtesy of Aus Gamers and Video Gamer):
Regular reviews take place throughout SCE Worldwide Studios, ensuring that the resources that we have in such a competitive business can create and produce high quality, innovative and commercially viable projects. As part of this process, we have reviewed and assessed all current projects and have decided to make some changes to some of our European Studios. As a result of this, there will be a focused restructure within London Studio, Guerrilla Cambridge Studio and Evolution Studio to ensure that the SCE WWS is in the best position to achieve their goals going forward.
The publisher also clarified that the release date and development of “Driveclub” would not be affected by the layoffs of Evolution Studios. Moreover, the departure of Col Rodgers, the director of the project, was also unrelated to the dismissals.
Sony Computer Entertainment has not yet announced a new release date for the new intellectual property, which was originally announced as a PS4 exclusive launch title before being postponed indefinitely. The video game should be made available before the end of this year, however.
A recent comment made by an executive from Sony Computer Entertainment suggested that the “Driveclub” underwent a reboot at some point.