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Sony announces closure of Studio Liverpool

Sad news today as Sony has announced the closure of Studio Liverpool.


Sony confirmed the closure of the industry legends to CVG earlier, while an official statement appeared shortly after.

Studio Liverpool, previously Psygnosis, has worked on many of the huge titles that are iconic to the Playstation culture, such as the Wipeout series, Formula 1 series from 1997 until 2007, Destruction Derby, Lemmings and Colony Wars. 

Studio Liverpool posted a heartbreaking final message on Facebook:

"As some of you may have heard Sony have chosen to close Studio Liverpool as of today.
This page will no longer be maintained by the WipEout Team.

We have loved making every game, every minute and every one of you. Keep the faith, keep loving WipEout.

Thank you for everything, Pilots. It's been an amazing journey and we'll miss you.

Sandy Lobban who worked as a developer on Wipeout 2048 said "End of an era today for Studio Liverpool. Honoured to have been a part of it."

Sony official statement:

"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 WWSCE 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."

From CVG:

"It is believed that Michael Denny, the man who operates PlayStation's European studio business, visited Sony Liverpool on Wednesday morning to explain to staff that the group would close. Sony is looking at relocating all staff at Sony Liverpool, the company told CVG."

Edited On 22 Aug, 2012

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Jimbo_1's avatar
Jimbo_1 4 years ago
Very sad news, I had a idea this would happen when Sony failed to renew the F1 license as that was a guaranteed income every year. And Studio Liverpool F1 games on console so far are 2nd to none. Sad day shame on you Sony!
Joe Anderson (Editor)'s avatar
Joe Anderson (Editor) 4 years ago
A wonderful studio. Good luck to all who lost their jobs in Liverpool.

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