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Driveclub game director has left Evolution Studios

Tuesday, 25th March 2014 21:16 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Driveclub has not only been delayed, it’s also lost its original game director, with Col Rodgers jumping ship from Evolution Studios for the indie scene.

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The news follows Driveclub’s delay to go “back to the drawing board” in early March and lay-offs at Evolution and other Sony studios today, painting an unhappy picture for the PlayStation 4 racer project, but Rodgers has said his depurate is entirely unrelated to any alleged troubles with the project.

Rodgers said he has left Evolution in February in order to be able to spend more time with his family, as Evolution Studios is based in Cheshire, some 220 miles from his home. He has since founded Big Red Switch Games, an indie startup working “some cool game concepts”.

“I left Evo on very good terms. BigRedSwitch games is merely my ‘Banner’ company that I’m using to develop my own games while I’m looking for work,” he wrote in an email.

Rodgers parted ways with Sony in February, well in advance of today’s Sony lay-offs, which have also been described as fairly amicable, arising from the studios themselves.

Rodgers replacement at the helm of Driveclub has not been confirmed.

Driveclub was announced when the PS4 was first revealed and has been delayed twice; we had expected it at the console’s launch, free-to-play for PS Plus members, before it was pushed into early 2014. It currently has no release window.

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6 Comments

  1. gomersoul

    Oh dear

    #1 6 months ago
  2. Spider Law

    hmm…yeah, this game will not be released now. At least not as the same game its been advertised to be.

    #2 6 months ago
  3. fengato

    It always looked mediocre. Shelve this and do a quick GT6 port thanks Sony.

    #3 6 months ago
  4. Brenna Hillier

    Updated with info from Rodgers himself.

    #4 6 months ago
  5. JAMBO4170

    Well this isn’t really a bad thing, if they weren’t happy with it and wanted it to go “back to the drawing board”, then a new game director makes a lot of sense.

    #5 6 months ago
  6. Brenna Hillier

    @JAMBO4170 yeah, I’m always surprised by how negatively delays and rethinks are received. “Company decides to try and make game better” seems like good news to me.

    “Developer puts own life before horrid pressures of games industry” is a pretty good thing, too.

    #6 6 months ago

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