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.