DriveClub game director leaves Evolution Studios

DriveClub's game director Col Rodgers has left Evolution Studios, VideoGamer.com can reveal.

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-Foxtrot3774d ago (Edited 3774d ago )

Right Sony need to put a statement out and tell us what the f*** is going on.

Key people are leaving and they can't keep making us think it's the "Oh well everyone leaves at one point" excuse.

Amy Henning
Brian Karis
Jaime Griesemer
Seth Killian
Stig Asmussen
Jack Trenton

Other lay offs at Sony Santa Monica/Superbot

Then we have Guerrilla Cambridge and SCE London

Now Col Rodgers

This really can't be ignored, they need to make a statment on this. Who else am I missing....anyone?

HyperBear3774d ago (Edited 3774d ago )

And don't forget this is Jack Tretton's last week with SCEA as well :(

...lots of unknown stuff going on behind the scenes with Sony lately. I can only imagine the response "IF" Andrew House or Shu Yoshida would be the next to leave, Utter Chaos!

danny8183774d ago

I agree, but if it was Microsoft, people would be flipping out, even the media

PSN-JeRzYzFyNeSt3774d ago

Maybe this driveclub director left because he doesnt want to delay the game again and he got into a arguemnt because of it?? idk just a guess,,

next week Driveclub canceled

PoSTedUP3774d ago (Edited 3774d ago )

my theory is that Jack let too much money get spent getting the PS4 up and doing this well (why he "left"), and this is the after effect; they need to save money and why pay ppl top dollar when someone else can do it better for cheaper. its not a good tactic or even smart to let everyone know things that they do not need to, especially the competition (hense why they arent going to say anything publicly)

or MS is buying them out or sony is collab-ing them and forming a super studio. :p

GarrusVakarian3774d ago (Edited 3774d ago )

Rodgers left in February to start an indie studio, why is this only being reported now?

This has absolutely *nothing* to do with today's lay-off's. The title should read "Driveclub Game Director left Evolution Studio's in February to start indie company".

Jesus, people need to read the damn article before going crazy. It's funny to see all the usual Xbox fanboys who don't care whatsoever about Sony or the PlayStation brand not bother to read the article and spread FUD and pretend to be concerned.

Army_of_Darkness3774d ago

I will tell you all the reason why those well know Sony developers left their studios....
It's because they are forming a new Sony studio for a new AAA IP... There I said it. *drops mic*

Hatsune-Miku3774d ago

When a company has a lot of bloat and are losing money on unnecessary spending they don't have to do then you get rid of expenditures. A lot of people sony has been getting rid of have been with sony for a while and were collecting massive cheques and probably wanted raises on new contract which sony doesnt want to pay at the moment so they leave. Most of these people are easily replaceable.

If bill gates steps down from his ceo position from Microsoft do you think Microsoft will cease to exist or suffers? There are people there to replace him that can do what his job entails or better. He left and Microsoft is ok

youndamie3774d ago

Nooo not Yoshida, he's awesome. Seriously this is kinda unsettling.

PoSTedUP3774d ago

@hatsune. yup, i agree, and its very common practice.

HammadTheBeast3774d ago

I don't know, but this isn't looking good.

Dee_913774d ago

I said it before
and I'l say it again.. Invest, in waffles, now..

Seriously though, this cant all be a coincidence. Hopefully we will hear some answers near E3... just thinking of E3 without Jack makes me sad...

Realplaya3774d ago

@ Hatsune-Miku

Gates stepped down as chief executive officer of Microsoft in January 2000. He remained as chairman and created the position of chief software architect for himself. In June 2006, Gates announced that he would be transitioning from full-time work at Microsoft to part-time work, and full-time work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He gradually transferred his duties to Ray Ozzie, chief software architect, and Craig Mundie, chief research and strategy officer. Gates's last full-time day at Microsoft was June 27, 2008. He stepped down as chairman of Microsoft in February 2014, taking on a new post as technology advisor to support newly appointed CEO Satya Nadella

MazzingerZ3774d ago (Edited 3774d ago )

Wasn't the PS4 back to PS1-PS2 dev times?
This is not different from other companies getting modern systems or automatising tasks, people gets fired

Devs teams grew too big during PS3 era...usually when big adjustment are planned bosses and leaders leaves first as they don't agree nor wanna be part of it.

SONY is heading towards a most cost effective direction, but don't worry about the games, they'll keep coming, have lots of talented people...worrying would be if they did't do anything to prepare for the future.

I would be worried if I was a SONY employee not if I'm a gamer.

fr0sty3774d ago (Edited 3774d ago )

Why should Sony release a statement? It is a big no-no in the business world to speak publicly about why a former employee left, unless there is a mutual agreement between both parties that it should be publicly disclosed.

Sony has their reasons. They're riding high right now with PS4, probably trimming the fat to keep things running smoothly. Also, it is very common for studios to hire and fire in large numbers when a game is ramping up or down its production. When a game is in pre-alpha stage, only a small team will be working on it. If that studio doesn't have any other projects going on, it only makes sense for them to hire on as many as they need. When the game goes on into full production, the team sizes swell up to as many as a few hundred people. Once the game is finished or if it gets canned, that team is reduced back down to the core elements.

Not everyone left for those reasons, I doubt Amy Henig did. That was probably a creative difference within Naughty Dog, rather than her being fired by Sony itself. Jack Tretton may have found a better job for all we know, or just wants to retire.

Also, we don't know how many of these people will end up at other positions within Sony or SCEWWS.

This sort of thing is common. Sony has been losing a lot of key people, but even if Sony fired some of them (like Stig's team when they canned his game), they probably had good reason. If you're investing 60 million dollars or more into a AAA masterpiece, it damn sure better be a AAA masterpiece. Sony wants 100% top quality so they can make some money, as software sales are a huge part of what makes PlayStation profitable. Sony is looking for those killer franchises that take over the industry... look at Halo's sales, or gears of war last gen. Sony's only real answer to those sales out of one of its exclusive franchises is Gran Turismo, which sells well each time reliably. However, games like Uncharted, God of War, etc. don't sell as well (even though they still sold millions of copies each) as games like Gears or Halo did despite being flagship titles for the PS3. Sony needs more huge selling games, so they're probably being pretty strict about which projects they are willing to put their money behind. Kaz is trying to make Sony profitable again, and since PS4 is turning out o be one of their biggest cash cows, he is probably being very careful about what kinds of big-budget risks they are taking with their software. A $50 million game or two that flops is a good way to erase a huge chunk of a console's profit. Hell, even several $10-20 million games. They all add up.

@mazzengerz, definitely not PS1/2 dev times, as games today are far more complex than they were back then, but definitely far less dev time than PS3 required.

AndrewLB3774d ago

You ever hear the expression "rats over the rails"? With so many prominent people leaving before the game's released, combined with no clarifying statement... it seems that ship may be sinking.

abzdine3774d ago (Edited 3774d ago )

the guy left months ago! read the article before going berserk in the comments

"Rodgers left the studio in February to form indie startup Big Red Switch Games, a development studio that he says is working on "some cool game concepts""

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thorstein3774d ago

How do you know what or why this happening? Why should they release a statement? Have you seen any industry that tracks the comings and goings of employees from one firm to another?

It would be great if they were all leaving to form a new studio.. that is a perfect hit list to make new IPs.

Alex_Boro3774d ago

Kind of hard to imagine so many people significant to the studio leaving at once. Something is obviously going on that we don't know about and we as fans and the ones who pay them for their games deserve to know what's happening.

Palitera3774d ago (Edited 3774d ago )


My bet: Candy Clash Run or some garbage like that.



I don't think any statement would help. Everything they'd say probably wouldn't be the real reason. NO company speaks the truth on these matters.

-Foxtrot3774d ago (Edited 3774d ago )

I don't know thats what I'm saying gamers need a statement since this is a little worrying. Too many people have left now and it can't be ignored any longer.

"Have you seen any industry that tracks the comings and goings of employees from one firm to another?"

No but gaming isn't really like other industry's is it. I've seen more info when a screen writer or director leaves a project in Hollywood then I have here. Least then you get a reason like they aren't interested in it anymore or have scheduling issues.

"It would be great if they were all leaving to form a new studio.. that is a perfect hit list to make new IPs."

Honestly thats just wishful thinking to try and cover up what's going on here. Kind of like a "everything's fine, everything's fine, everything's fine" reassurance approach.

We shouldn't be ignoring this or letting it slide. If it was anyone else in this gaming industry the same questions would be asked.

Kenshin_BATT0USAI3774d ago

That would be crazy news, make all of these seem like layoffs and resignations then boom, new studio with all those people. Doubt it though. Just seems like they're downsizing their gaming division to offset how poorly their tv division is doing.

thezeldadoth3774d ago (Edited 3774d ago )

at one point do sony people on this site stop being delusional? All these people joining forces in one company? Hopefully you're joking.

At some point you would think that religious corporate fanatics could find a bit of logic somewhere and stop spinning every single piece of news into a positive for sony.

iMaim3774d ago

Industrys changing man.
I didn't think we'd see headlines about some guy not deciding to make apps anymore.

God damn flappy bird.

gameon19853774d ago

Now dude, you truly are in denial. It's time for you Sony fans to wake up; there maybe a major shake up coming at Sony, and there's no need to keep making excuses hoping nothing is wrong.

thorstein3774d ago

Pardon me, I didn't realize that some people didn't understand the phrase "It would be great if..."

This is a phrase used in pure speculation. It should never, ever be confused as if someone were stating a fact. I am trying not to snark here as I am left with two conclusions: one that the readers of my comment really don't know the connotation of that phrase, or that two their reading comprehension is really poor.

I am speechless about that, I imagine that is where the disagrees come from: me thinking that it would be really cool if these people came together to make a new studio.

But to think that I intended that statement as fact.... speechless.