Sony has snapped up MotorStorm
developer Evolution Studios along with its subsidiary Bigbig Studios ? they of Pursuit Force Extreme Justice
Following the acquisition by Sony, Evolution?s co-founders, Martin Kenwright and Ian Hetherington are to leave and cash-out, with MD Mick Hocking becoming group studio director for Evolution, Bigbig and Sony's Liverpool Studio (they of WipEout fame
You may remember that Evolution established its reputation as the developer of the World Rally Championship
series on PS2 and the studio is currently working on the next instalment of the Motorstorm
franchise for PS3, scheduled for release later next year Bigbig Studios, based in Leamington Spa, was founded in 2001 with backing from Evolution Studios and SCE.
"Our strategy is to create the best games by working with the best talent and Evolution and Bigbig are world-class additions to our team," said Phil Harrison, President of SCE Worldwide Studios.
"The incredible people in these studios further extend the depth and skill of the industry's largest platform-exclusive development resource".
SCE Worldwide Studios now employs over 2,500 employees worldwide across its 15 game development studios in Japan, the USA, the UK and The Netherlands.
For more background, check out SPOnG?s recent interviews with both Evolution