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

Game collector. Journalism graduate. Batman addict. Movie goer. WWE nut. Sports obsessive. Arsenal fan. Sub-Editor.

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