Game News: WipEout Creators Studio Liverpool Shut Down By Sony
The studio was reportedly working on a new WipEout and a Splinter Cell style game as launch titles for the PS4, but all Sony Liverpool projects were cancelled as of this morning.
“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,” explained Sony in a statement, adding that “redundancies will be necessary”.
The news has come as a shock to many in the gaming community, as Studio Liverpool has played a key part in Sony’s in-house output for nearly 20 years.
“We have loved making every game, every minute and every one of you,” reads a heartfelt message to fans from the development team on the WipEout 2048 Facebook page. “Keep the faith, keep loving WipEout.
“Thank you for everything, Pilots. It’s been an amazing journey and we’ll miss you.”
Formerly Psygnosis before being bought and re-branded by Sony in the early ’90s, the release of Studio Liverpool’s first WipEout game in 1995 formed a key part of the original PlayStation’s launch success, with subsequent titles helping the team build a reputation as one of the UK’s best-loved developers.