It’s always a sad day when a game studio closes, even more so when that studio dates back nearly thirty years. Last year the news broke that SCE Studio Liverpool, formerly Psygnosis, was to close and that no more Wipeout games would be produced. Despite being their most famous work, the Scouse developers also produced titles for Sony including Colony Wars, G-Police and Forumla One.
In news that should delight gaming fans everywhere however, and also those who dread the end of the gaming industry in the UK, key members of the old Studio Liverpool team have announced that they have formed a new studio, Firesprite. The team have already collaborated on their first work – pricing the graphics for the PS4 bundled title, The Playroom.
“[Firesprite] came about organically, but we all had a shared vision,” the new studio’s Managing Director, Graeme Ankers, told IGN. “The founding team met up socially after Studio Liverpool and we talked about all the things we had achieved over the years, the platform launches, the variety of games, going back to [the] Psygnosis days and through to F1 and WipEout. We knew we wanted to carry on making great games.”
As well as helping out on The Playroom however, Firesprite is also at work on a brand new game – although they aren’t giving anything away just yet. “Unfortunately, I can’t talk about the next game yet, [but] sometime soon I hope,” Ankers said. “We do love playing with new ideas and technology and have put a lot of work into building a game engine. We’re excited about the future. It’s a great time to be making games and it’s what we love.”
Fantastic news all round, and I’m sure most of us are hoping for a new Wipeout game from these chaps, though I think Sony would think twice about handing them the licence. Before their closure, SCE Liverpool was also rumored to be working on a Splinter Cell type game as well, so that could potentially make a re-appearance. Personally though, I would kill for a next-gen Colony Wars…