Evolution Studios may have known that yesterday's DriveClub DLC would be its last, with the names of multiple events appearing to drop hints at the studio's closure.
The DLC, itself called 'Finish Line', rolled out onto PlayStation Store yesterday, the same day Sony announced that it would be closing the studio. But beyond its name, the DLC also features a pair of events seemingly recognising the closure, including one named 'Clocking Off' and another titled 'The Long Goodbye'. You can take a look in the image below.
Key members of the team had also prepared statements for the closure, suggesting the studio may have known it was due to close ahead of Sony's announcement.
"It truly has been an honour to work with such a talented, passionate and determined group of people," said DriveClub's game director Paul Rustchynsky who thanked fans, Sony and the team at Evolution. "It's the end of an incredible era for Evolution Studios," added senior community manager Jamie Brayshaw. "DriveClub will live on under the care of the awesome team at PlayStation and we hope it will continue to thrive in their safe hands and with continued support from all of you, the players, our community."
Roughly half of Evolution's staff were reported to have been laid off last March, when Sony announced that it would be transitioning the studio to focus on DriveClub "as a service". It isn't clear how many were still employed at the time of yesterday's announcement.
Yesterday, Sony said that it would help move staff onto other projects elsewhere within the organisation "where possible".
DriveClub's Finish Line DLC is available now on PlayStation Store for £2.99.
Source: DriveClub Finish Line Expansion Pack (via youtube.com, thanks @brendwings)