This week saw Sony-owned developers Studio Liverpool close their doors and cease business.
A official Sony statement reads: “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”
“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.”
Studio Liverpool posted a message on their official WipEout 2048 Facebook page to inform: “As some of you may have heard Sony have chosen to close Studio Liverpool as of today. This page will no longer be maintained by the WipEout Team. 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.”
The British developers have had a very rich history with the PlayStation platform since they were purchased by Sony back in 1993 when they were known as Psygnosis. Futuristic racer WipEout was by far their most renowned series with at least one game produced on every PlayStation console — the most recent being WipEout 2048 on the PlayStation Vita.
Eurogamer have been told by a source that Studio Liverpool were working on two launch games for the still unannounced next PlayStation console. One of these was another WipEout game that had been in development for 12 to 18 months and a stealth title in a similar vein as Splinter Cell titles. Whether these will be scrapped completely or passed on to another studio remains to be seen.
Our thoughts go to all those affected by the closure.