ABOUT Country: United Kingdom www.evolutionstudios.co.uk
If the figures put out by UK developer Evolution Studios are correct, Driveclub for PS4 netted around $100m over the last year. And that’s despite it being one of a handful of games with high-profile technical issues around the launch and release. Proof that if you stay the course, you’ll make it through. Evolution is now dedicated entirely to the long-term development and growth of Driveclub, with reports suggesting the team has been scaled down to 55 people. It will be interesting to see where money generated from the game’s microtransactions will put the studio in future listings.
ABOUT Country: United Kingdom www.rocksteadyltd.com
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This is yet another Warner Bros-backed/owned studio in the No.41 to 50 stretch. If there’s still talk of the squeezed middle in games publishing, the Hollywood firm certainly isn’t feeling it. Given our window of analysis – September 2014 to August 2015 – Rocksteady only has three months of sales from Batman: Arkham Knight to show for its efforts – generating around $90m from the two console SKUs. Persistent issues with the PC version aside, the game has been generally very well received and was a suitably grandiose conclusion to the Batman: Arkham series. STUDIO HOTLIST