Over the years, Gran Turismo has become synonymous with the PlayStation brand. However, another racing title has become just as popular in recent years, and that title is WipEout. Developed by SCE Studio Liverpool, formerly known as Psygnosis, the series is famous for its gorgeous graphics and impressive futuristic aesthetic. Unfortunately, if another WipEout game is to be made, it will be by another studio, as Studio Liverpool shut its doors earlier today.
Sony’s statement regarding the closure can be seen below.
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.
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 WWSE 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, both for this coming year and further in the future.
Sony has also stated that some members from Studio Liverpool will be relocated to other teams.
While it’s good to see that Sony is attempting to keep the studio’s staff, it’s still sad to see the team break up. SCE Studio Liverpool’s final released title was WipEout 2048, a launch title for PlayStation Vita.