Lately there have been way too many studio closures and redundancies within the gaming industry. Development studios that put out one quality product after another are being dumped by their parent companies at a frankly bewildering rate that makes you wonder where most of the exclusive titles are coming from for the next generation of consoles.
The most recent studio to be hit by this ridiculous trend is Sony’s own Studio Liverpool. Formerly known as Psygnosis, they have been making games since the 8-bit computer days. Most recently of course they were best known for the racing titles, including Formula One and the famous Wipeout series.
Their last release was Wipeout: 2048 for the Vita which was a reasonable success. The word is that they were also hard at work on a new Wipeout game for the launch of the PlayStation 4 and a Splinter Cell-esque action game, titles which will of course now never see the light of day.
A Sony statement about the closure has been released today and 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 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.”
And there you have it folks, another great development studio bites the dust. What did you think of the Wipeout franchise? Hit up the comments and let us know!!