DriveClub Director Col Rodgers explains why he left Evolution Studios

Drive Club director who left Evolution Studios explains the reason for it and blasts insider Famous Mortimer.

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Ghost_of_Tsushima1391d ago

Well there's that I guess. Sad it's a family matter hope things get better. Also glad to hear the teitch and that Driveclub is a great game and doing well.

Prime1571391d ago

That is sad. I hope we get an apology as the libel part is crazy. Dodd is lucky he didn't just take legal action.

Eonjay1391d ago (Edited 1391d ago )

Honestly this is another IGN disaster. People can't leave Sony without them turning it into a scandal. Peter is obviously wrong here (and needs to apologize) but what Rodgers shows us is the raw stupidity of sites like IGN for turning this into more than what it is. Its so bad now that you can't even leave on good terms without people questioning your competency or predicting doom.

smashman981391d ago

How could you blame ign this all happened on neogaf?!

chrismichaels041391d ago (Edited 1391d ago )

For everyone that was quick to jump on the Sony doom and gloom train, Col Rodgers revealed he had to leave Evolution Studios because his son is very sick. He didnt have to reveal his personal family business to the public, but he felt all the rumors following his departure was out of control and unfair to Sony. This is why i say people need to relax before jumping to conclusions. Some things are more important than video games. I wish his family the best of luck.

loulou1391d ago

and boom goes mortimer the "look at me, i know things" insider (cough)

man, what is Abrael and dualshockers going to do now they have lost a source of clickbait????

mortimer dualshockers clickbaits now need to be insta-banned

thehitman1391d ago

We wont see Foxtrot and his doom and gloom Sony tin foil hat in this article I bet. This is further confirmation that shit happens and no one needs to explain their situation to us. We are gamers and we just game thats all. No one should have to explain their personal lives in order to leave a company. This story is sad and everyone who takes part in encouraging what happened here should feel ashamed of themselves.

Dee_911391d ago (Edited 1391d ago )

All of those people leaving would raise concern, speculations and assumptions regardless.To say, after he has clarified the situation that there was no need for an explanation is bogus.Someone needed to explain at least a part of it for this to end/ be brought to light.. how ever you want to look at it.

SilentNegotiator1391d ago

Dodd is such an internet attention whore.

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Sethry1011391d ago

Who would disagree with this?

Sad about his son, best of luck for the future.

redwin1391d ago (Edited 1391d ago )

Gotta feel bad for what he is going through and my best wishes goes to him and his family . As to the other muchausen, he should get off the net before he hurts somebody else .

kenshiro1001390d ago (Edited 1390d ago )

Yeah, I wish him and his family the best. I know how it is to have sick family members.

That's why I said people shouldn't have jumped to conclusions about Sony being doomed because we don't know WHY these people left in the first place.

Silly Mammo1391d ago (Edited 1391d ago )

Surprise surprise- the end reason was not due to Sony sinking like the Titanic and it wasn't due to outrageous incompetence by the person in question. It was rather something in between. And that people is usually how life really is. Unfortunately, we live in a society that needs drama.

Best of luck to his family.

redwin1391d ago

I'm glad this guy didn't get fired and that he left in good terms but do you think that everyone else in America and Europe left for personal reasons ? I think Sony is restructuring and that's not a bad thing, it just means a drought of first party exclusives .

Silly Mammo1391d ago

I would much rather have quality over quantity. It's not a race on who has more exclusives, but who has the best exclusives. Besides, there are plenty of good 3rd party games coming to keep PS4 owners busy.

DOMination-1391d ago

There are still 50+ from ssm, and unknown amounts from other studios this week that did get fired though which you are forgetting/ignoring?

Silly Mammo1391d ago (Edited 1391d ago )

@Dom- I'm not ignoring them or trivializing their misfortune. I was simply commenting on the idea that the recent events that have been happening with Sony aren't always black or white. It's not either all doom or all the fault of the workers or some grand sinister motive by Sony. In the end, Sony is a corporation and like it or not these things happen.

fr0sty1391d ago

@DOM, studios downsize when projects wind down. Stig's game got cancelled, which was in full production meaning it had a full crew working on it. When games are in pre-alpha they typically start with small crews and then hire on new help as the game goes into full production. once the game wraps up, they let those redundant people go or move them to other projects. When Sony canned Stig's game, they likely didn't have another project within SSM to put those people on, so they had to let them go.

It happens commonly in the industry. Probably not the best idea that they do all that restructuring all at once, due to the PR mess it has created, however they are ending their fiscal year now, so such housekeeping will please investors as well.

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frostypants1391d ago

So the guy left for family reasons. That won't stop N4G conspiracy theorists from continuing to make crap up about these moves.

Pogmathoin1391d ago (Edited 1391d ago )

It seemed like someone did not want a negative PS story, so made up this terrible cock and bull story to save face..... Quite pathetic. Best wishes to this guy, and son....

kenshiro1001390d ago

I feel for this guy. His leaving turned into a freaking circus, just like everyone else who left Sony. Journalism has really hit the crapper these days.

incredibleMULK1390d ago

Hell with drive club, I hope his kid is ok and gets better. Wow. Sad, sad, news all this time I thought Sony was having a yard sale due to the economy. No more jumping the gun on my part. Best of luck to you and your family, and your new career.

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PoSTedUP1391d ago

man, hope your son gets better, he'll be in our prayers, Col.

SolidGear31391d ago

Who the hell is disagreeing with wanting someone's kid to get better?! Holy bajesus!

FunAndGun1391d ago

a little off topic....

I just saw a news story of someone who glued razor blades to kids playground equipment. There are definitely some #u(K3R5 out there in the world.

anyway, hope things go well for his child.

-EvoAnubis-1391d ago

*chuckles* Welcome to N4G.

Angeljuice1391d ago Show
PoSTedUP1391d ago (Edited 1391d ago )

clearly half of my comment doesnt partain to non-religous people. what a way to turn this off topic, be offensive, and into a religious debate, ****** bag. saying WE are praying for someone, especially in this case, shouldnt be offensive to anyone, unless you are just trying to start some **** in a post about a kid who was diagnosed with a disease. which is clearly what it looks like. if something bad happened, and people around you started praying and saying [something] will be in our prayers, would you too then diss religion to them and tell them you are offended in this awful moment? bc that is exactly what you are doing now. it seems like your brain is severely underdeveloped tbh. no one is talking religon to you or about you or non-religious people, theres no need to disrespect ppl and start a religious debate, there is no need for it. especially when i am minding my own business.

Edsword1391d ago (Edited 1391d ago )

It's the non-religious atheist crowd upset about the content of the poster's prayers. I'm not saying all atheist are that way, but a lot of them can't stand even the notion that someone prays to a higher being.

Anyway, the important thing here is that we all feel for this guy and his son. If you pray, then pray. If you don't, then do whatever you do, but please don't get upset that others do.

Angeljuice1391d ago (Edited 1391d ago )

I was responding to solidgear3's question " Who the hell is disagreeing with wanting someone's kid to get better?" I was simply saying that perhaps people were disagreeing with the 'prayer' part of the statement, not the kid getting better sentiment.

Im sorry if you find that difficult to understand.

When my mother died, people said they would pray for me, I told them not to as it was offensive and pointless and only served to make THEM feel better because they feel like they're doing something positive to help, when in reality it is no help at all.

If you believe in the power of prayer, pray by all means, but don't announce it first, like it's something great and wonderful you are doing.

Im not trying to start an argument or derail the thread. Did you miss the part where I said;

" I wish him and his family all the best and hope some kind of cure/treatment can be found. If there was anything I could do to ease his families suffering I would." -That is meant from the heart.

You are the one who brought religion into the matter when suggesting prayer as some sort of answer (unless of course you were only saying it because it is the cliche'd thing to say, in which case it's offensive because it's just hollow words).

Once again I apologise if you were upset by my words, I was very touched by this tragic story and was trying to explain to SolidGear3 that those disagrees don't necessarily mean that people don't care.

PoSTedUP1391d ago (Edited 1391d ago )

praying coincides with hope, and hope generally doesnt "help" either. there is nothing any of us can do to help by just commenting. but sharing sympathy makes people feel better, too (chemically in the brain) so it is contradictory (and completely wrong) when you say that people only pray to make Them feel better. the whole point in praying, going by beliefs, is to make OTHERS feel better, and that is there belief. so you are then being cynical of others by thinking otherwise, which in turn, results into only assuming what others intentions are, without knowing the truth. just realize that you comment was off topic and that you brought your own thoughts about religion by offending it, Not "just answering his questions". hoping and praying are only positive things; fueling a religious debate especially where is it completely uncalled for, is negitive, which you still insist on doing and continue to offend. when i, infact, have refused to rebuttal something completely off topic to this thread. so you can continue to be offensive while claiming you are offeded by something that has absolutely nothing to do with you or your beliefs, doesnt matter to me. just understand that you started this and seems like you failed at getting me to respond to your offense on religion (which by you continuing to do, proves that that is why you posted here in the first place).

Angeljuice1390d ago (Edited 1390d ago )


I clicked agree on your original comment, I was explaining why others may not have.

I have no problem with people praying, just those that announce the fact that they're going to do so.

I appologise once again, I did go over the top with my initial comment, and I admit that. Im not trying to start an argument, I have strong views that sometimes bubble over at inappropriate moments, this was one of those moments.

You have attacked me far more vehemently than I have you, yet I am apologising whilst you get more vicious and personal, so much for "turn the other cheek" (I guess that as an agnostic I still make a better Christian).

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SniperControl1391d ago

Well said post.

Get better kiddo, the good guys on N4G are routing for you.

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Jihaad_cpt1391d ago

Who ever disagrees with this statement is what is wrong with the world. Family should come first

mrpsychoticstalker1391d ago (Edited 1391d ago )

Those who disagree dont know the meaning of family.


Family should ALWAYS come first no matter what!

GhostTurtle1391d ago

Totally. WTF is wrong with people?

Moncole1391d ago

Just ignore the disagrees, they are just trolls trying to get you mad and its working and more of them,will disagree now because they see its working.

Mr-Dude1391d ago

Those who disagree are pathetic and do not know the meaning of a good family.. only stupid trolls

Angeljuice1391d ago

Some families are messed up, dysfunctional and abusive. Some parents rape and kill their children, those families should NOT come first.

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D3ATH_DRIV3R_7771391d ago


Yeah, and you're one of them.

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RebelWAC1391d ago

Always. I'm kinda feeling like an a**hole now ... I wish his son, him & his the best. I salute him for this

@Angeljuice where I'm from, that's not family.....

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