Sad news this morning as Sony closes WipEout developer Sony Liverpool. Once known as Psygnosis, this company was responsible for Lemmings, Alundra, Colony Wars, The Killing Gameshow, the Formula One series, the Discworld series, Rastan, the Shadow of the Beast series (a trio of games with one of the best soundtracks of all time), and a great many more. The list above represents a good chunk of my childhood gaming career, and I will greatly miss their influence in the industry. Rumor has it that they were working on PS4 titles Wipeout 2048 and a Splinter Cell-like title until the news. Here’s what Sony had to say about it in their official post regarding the closure:
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 marketplace. 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 WWSE 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, both for this coming year and further in the future.
Let’s hope that ex-Liverpool members can relocate to other teams, and those that done find safe homes at other companies that can use their incredible talent.