Studio Liverpool is no more…
In surprising news, Sony has elected to close Studio Liverpool who are more commonly known as the studio behind the long-running WipEout franchise.
Some of the more older gamers out there will remember the studio for their previous work under the name Psygnosis, who created such titles as Destruction Derby, Lemmings, G-Police, Discworld and other classics from yesteryear.
“’As part of SCE Worldwide Studios, we do regular reviews to ensure that the resources we have can create and produce high quality, innovative and commercially viable projects in an increasingly competitive market place,” read an official statement released by Sony.
“As part of this process, we have reviewed and assessed all current and planned projects for the short and medium term and have decided to make some changes to our European Studios. It has been decided that Liverpool Studio should be closed. Liverpool Studio has been an important part of SCE Worldwide Studios since the outset of PlayStation, and have contributed greatly to PlayStation over the years. Everyone connected with Liverpool Studio, past and present, can be very proud of their achievements.
However, it was felt that by focusing our investment plans on other Studios that are currently working on exciting new projects, we would be in a stronger position to offer the best possible content for our consumers. Our Liverpool Facility will continue to operate, housing a number of other vital WWS!E and SCEE Departments. This should not take anything away from the great work WWS are doing and the incredible games and services that we have made, and continue to make.”
The remnants of Studio Liverpool also posted a reluctant farewell to the WipEout community on the official Facebook page for the previous game in the series.
“We have loved making every game, every minute and every one of you. Keep the faith, keep loving WipEout.”
“Thank you for everything, Pilots. It’s been an amazing journey and we’ll miss you. “
It is believed Sony will be continuing the WipEout franchise in the future, only it won’t be a game developed by the franchise’s original creators which is a real shame.
Our thoughts are with those who have been affected by today’s developments…
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