Sony Closes Studio Liverpool
According to GI.biz, Sony has closed the doors on the WipEout developer, Studio Liverpool. Reliable sources have told Eurogamer that a new WipEout title was in the works for Sony’s next console, and had been in development for over a year. Another game that focuses around gangsters and stealth, using similar tech to the motion capture of LA Noire, was said to also be in the works. There isn’t word of any layoffs right now, as Sony is trying to move as many staff as possible to other studios internally.
You can read Sony’s official statement after the jump.
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 WWS!E 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.