Thursday, April 24, 2014
Sony Closes One If Its Oldest Studios

Sony Closes One If Its Oldest Studios

Sony has brought judgement to the house of one of its greatest UK studios.

Sony Liverpool, a studio that’s survived the test of time, existing for over 30 years, and responsible for such hits as Psygnosis and Wipeout, has been shuttered.

Here’s the official statement from Sony:

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. 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, both for this coming year and further in the future.

Sony Liverpool’s last game was PS Vita’s Wipeout 2048, a game that’s received stellar reviews across the board.

Farewell.

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  • TheGrimOfDeath

    Why just WHY?
    Anyways I’m proud to have WipEout 2048 and past titles.
    A moment of silence for a fallen game developing studio and an awesome one at that.
    Seriously Sony just probably wants to remove most of their great studios.

  • http://www.gamesthirst.com Ernice Gilbert

    That’s a sad story. I still don’t see why they’d close Liverpool…

  • TheGrimOfDeath

    I’m posting this on reddit for karma and for you guys to , hopefully, get more guys and like. :)

  • http://www.gamesthirst.com Ernice Gilbert

    Thanks, Grim. :)

  • nick

    WTF!?
    seriously $ony?
    what the hell!
    they close down one of their most famous, most beloved, best studios!
    and if rumours are right one that has been working on launch ps4 titles for ONE AND A HALF YEARS!
    wow, before it was just a hunch but now im convinced.
    $ony WANTS to go bankrupt!
    wipeout is one of their best franchises, and liverpool is one of their best studios!
    this is a epicly stupid move!
    if their so tight for money maybe they should stop wasting it on crappy kids games, and creating whole studios for them!
    and more on funding their family studios which have been with them since the familys creation!

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  • TheGrimOfDeath

    Hey guys I know this is an old post but I got new info on Sony Liverpool.
    - http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=491747
    - https://www.facebook.com/WipEout2048

    It looks like something is going to happen!