Studio Liverpool close, parting with “Thank you for everything, Pilots.”
It was confirmed earlier today that Sonyhave closed Studio Liverpool.
Formerly Psygnosis, the studio is probably most famous for Lemmings and was aquired by Sony in 1993 and subsequently responsible for the WipEout series, ever-present on the PlayStation brand since the original PS1, and includes the rather excellent WipEout 2048 on the Vita.
The offical report states “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.”
“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 news of this closure follows that of Zipper Interactive, long-term stalwarts of the SOCOM franchise.
This is a great shame for them, no doubt, and our thoughts here at The Vita Lounge go out to those that may be affected, and I hope that they are able to find employment either internally or elsewhere, you are a talented bunch, so you should have no trouble.
What are your thoughts on this? This is a bit of a shock for me.