Sony shuts down Wipeout developer

Sony have this morning announced the unfortunate news that Studio Liverpool will soon be closing.

The fantastic development team at Studio Liverpool are best known for the Wipeout series – an incredible set of futuristic racing games that have appeared on every PlayStation platform.

Commercially the series may not have been a massive success, but in terms of consistent quality, there aren’t too many better Sony exclusives. In recent years, it seems that a solid Wipeout title has always been with a system when it isn’t exactly going through it’s most successful period. On the PSP, PS3 and even on the Vita, the Wipeout games offered a phenomenal experience that got the best out of the respective consoles, when other developers simply could not.

As well as saying they would try to give the staff new jobs elsewhere under the Sony Worldwide Studios umbrella, the platform holder released the following statement:

“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.

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.”

Best of luck to those involved, and hopefully the talented team will all be able to find new jobs in the industry very soon.

Written by Raj Mahil

Raj Mahil

Journalism & Marketing student in London. Huge gaming fan and collector, with a slight fanboy bias towards PS. Life revolves around football/soccer (The Arsenal), but also love most other sport, especially the NBA and NHL.

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  • http://psnation.org Glenn Percival

    One addition to this story though is that this studio was merged with Evolution Studios (the Motorstorm folks) about two years ago. It sounds like many of the team will retain their jobs in some capacity, but redundant jobs are the ones being eliminated.

    The merger was the subject of much grief on the Studio Liverpool side though, as the Evolution folks were essentially “put in charge” of a studio that had been around for over 25 years. This alone caused the departure of a few individuals from the outset.

    At the end of the day, we’ll still get “Wipeout,” but it will probably be under the name of Evolution Studios.

    • Eric R. Miller

      Thanks for the clarification Glenn. Wasn’t sure if Evolution was still around after this.