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Studio Liverpool Gets Shutdown After 28 Years Of Developing

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Hot on the heels of Nintendo Power getting the axe comes the annoucement that Sony is disbanding the guys behind the Wipeout series, Studio Liverpool.

"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."

Oh, you don't know anything about this studio and have never played Wipeout? Let me put this in perspective for you -- these are the guys that made the game versions of Spice World and The Last Action Hero, as well as several games for Nick Arcade. That's right, this is serious business.

I'm kidding, of course. While they did actually make those games, Studio Liverpool was formerly known as Psygnosis and founded in 1984. This is, or rather was, one of the oldest and most prolific developers out there in the market today. Take a peek at the company's Wikipedia page and stand in awe of their massive developed/published games list.

This is truly a sad day for the video game industry. Raise your glasses to a fallen friend.

Sony closes WipEout developer Sony Liverpool

[via: Eurogamer]

3 Comments

PlayBeyond said:

Goodbye Dear Friend!

Another excellent studio closes it's doors and a great talent is lost from the industry. I hope the Wipeout series will live on in some form in the future.

Shin Gallon said:

This sucks. I have a lot of fond memories of playing Wipeout XL on the original Playstation with my NegCon controller, and Wipeout HD is one of the best things I've bought off of the PSN store. Hopefully the team members will land on their feet and find new work in the industry.

Gabriel said:

Oh man... THis is sad, I'm a huge fan of Wipeout HD.. I hope they don't cut the servers.. :(

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