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As WP's senior editor, I edit review and preview articles, attempt to keep up with the frantic pace of Rainier's news posts, and keep our reviewers on deadline, which is akin to herding cats. When I have a moment to myself and don't have my nose in a book, I like to play action/RPG, adventure and platforming games...

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'Evolution Studios' Goes Playstation Exclusive

by Judy on Aug. 16, 2004 @ 2:44 a.m. PDT

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) and Evolution Studios are delighted to announce the signing of a deal that will see Evolution, creator of the multi-million selling World Rally Championship (WRC) series for PlayStation2, develop games exclusively for SCEE and Sony platforms.

One of Europe's leading development companies, Evolution has an October release scheduled for the fourth title in the WRC series.

Exclusive to PlayStation 2, WRC 4TM: The Official Game of the FIA World Rally Championship boasts an all new handling model as well as a fantastic 1-16 player, on-line mode. Initial feedback from over 7,000 beta testers suggests WRC 4 is one of the hottest and best handling rally games in the market.

Evolution also has a visionary satellite studio, bigBig, who are currently working on a highly anticipated original title for PSP.

The exclusivity deal will see the Rally franchise continue alongside creation of new and original games titles. Phil Harrison, SCEE Executive Vice President Development, commented, "Once again, SCEE cements an exclusive relationship with one of the world's greatest developers."

He continued, "We've enjoyed an unparalleled working relationship with Evolution Studios over the past 4 years and the quality of their work on the WRC franchise can be measured by the millions of loyal fans who love the series. This strategic alliance allows our organisations to work even more closely together as we prepare for the combined challenges of new formats and expanded game design horizons."

Under the terms of the deal, Evolution will not only continue to work on WRC for the PlayStation 2, but will apply their knowledge and expertise to begin development on future Sony platforms.

Martin Kenwright, Managing Director of Evolution said, "We've enjoyed a fantastic working relationship with SCEE throughout the development of the WRC franchise and are extremely pleased to be extending this partnership. We are looking forward to working exclusively with SCEE, applying our talent, vision and technology to new products and platforms. We are confident this will cement Evolution's position as one of the world's finest development studios."

WRC4 will launch in Europe at the end of October this year.

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