In IGN's latest hands on with Motorstorm 2 at E3 they had praise for Evolution Studios:
When IGN last saw MotorStorm: Pacific Rift at Sony's Judge's Day back in May, it was very early and didn't look good. It ran very poorly, there were constant graphical glitches, and it looked like Evolution Studios had a long, long and perhaps impossible road ahead of itself to prepare the game for release sometime this year.
Only two months later, the game is fun as hell, runs great and looks awesome. They're amazed at studio has come so far so quickly, but this is the sequel to MotorStorm that I've been waiting to see since the original's release.
It's also worth noting that they were able to play a split-screen race and the game handled everything extremely well. Visual parity between a single and split-screen race will have to be checked out at a later time when I'm able to repeat the same area multiple times, but what they saw was rather impressive.
MotorStorm: Pacific Rift is currently slated to ship with 16 tracks, and will feature Trophy support and… wait for it… custom soundtracks. There's no firm release date yet, but we should see it sometime before the end of the year.