In what seems like an absolutely absurd move, Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios have announced that they will be closing the fantastic Studio Liverpool team. The business site of Studio Liverpool will remain open as it’s home to many other developers, however the named development team will be disbanded.
“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,” reads a statement from Sony.
“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.”
“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, both for this coming year and further in the future.”
The team then went to Facebook to announced the news to it’s many fans, thanking them for their support and saying a tearful goodbye.
“”As some of you may have heard Sony have chosen to close Studio Liverpool as of today. This page will no longer be maintained by the WipEout Team. We have loved making every game, every minute and every one of you. Keep the faith, keep loving WipEout. Thank you for everything, Pilots. It’s been an amazing journey and we’ll miss you.”
Studio Liverpool have been responsible for creating golden titles for Sony for 28 years now under both Psygnosis and Studio Liverpool. They first hit the big time with PS One title Destruction Derby and then went on to create the fantastic WipEout franchise that saw it’s newest release alongside the launch of the PS Vita with WipEout 2048.