Thought that was the last we’d see of Studio Liverpool when they shut down in August of last year? They’re back, only with a new name… and it seems if we’re getting technical, they never actually left.

If you don’t know about Studio Liverpool, we’re a bit surprised. They were the studio in charge of the ever-loved WipEout series, as well as having a hand in a ton of older F1 titles. As Psygnosis , they also worked on a plethora of unique and broadly-scoped titles – up until their full integration into Sony Computer Entertainment between 1999 and 2001.

From 2001 to their “demise” in 2012 they were pretty much only making WipEout titles and a few F1 entries; their F1 releases actually ending in 2007.  It was also reported that they were making two titles for the PlayStation 4 when they shut down and that the titles’ future was unknown; their last official release was WipEout 2048 for our lovely PlayStation Vita.

It was recently revealed however, that under their new moniker Firesprite they had a hand in PlayStation 4’s demo software; The Playroom. Together with Studio Japan (another Sony asset) they were responsible for bringing the demo software to fruition – a big job for an apparently “defunct” company, which leads us to believe that they never really left.

The core team at Firesprite consists of five individuals who “helped create games for each and every piece of PlayStation hardware, from PlayStation, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation 3, to PSP and Vita. They have over 80 years of collective experience working on PlayStation titles,” according to IGN. The full team consists of about 75% past Studio Liverpool employees, as well as 25% new faces – a good mix of new and old to help build the future.

Speaking of the future, what does this say about the WipEout series and other property from the past? Well, it’s not really up to them apparently;

“I don’t know where this journey is going to take us. Ultimately, we love these games, but the decision isn’t ours.”

The good news is that they seem to be working on something new, and seeing what they’ve brought in the past I’m excited to hear what they’ve got cooked up. For now this is all they really had to say;

“[T]he team is working on something new, starting with the engine and tools necessary to create their next game.”

Studio Liverpool lives on under a new name, are you excited for the future? Or are you just pissed they don’t currently have the right to make WipEout titles?

Let us know in the comments below.

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  • Pata

    Wipeout HD, although being mainly a remake, is one of the best racers on PS3. And 2048, while it isn’t perfect, it’s still really good (from what I played). So, there’s a reason to be excited (but I have the feeling that the project they are working on it’s for PS4 and not Vita, so there’s always the chance).

  • JonofPDX

    Wipeout 2048 is hands-down my favorite racer on the Vita and with the HD and Fury content I don’t expect to stop playing it for YEARS. So I’m kind of glad to hear that the Studio Liverpool guys are going to be working on something else…until I get a PS4 and need my Wipeout fix 😉

  • Terramax

    Great news to read. My nickname actually derives from a track from the original Wipeout game, which cements the impact that game had on me, and my love for the franchise to the very end. I’m glad they’ll be working on something new too, seeing as making nothing but Wipeouts for years must’ve burnt them out. But, indeed, a PS4 Wipeout LATER in the console’s life by these guys would be fantastic.

  • XtemmA2

    Glad they were never really left. They are one among the most passionate developers ever. <3 WipEout. Have a good day!

  • Lester Paredes

    Oh, I’m certainly glad they’re still around. Here’s hoping that they get to do something other than WipEout for another decade. Maybe Colony Wars? Roll Cage? Destruction Derby? Most likely, something brand spanking new. Whatever they decide to do, I wish them luck and I hope it’s on Vita!

    • XtemmA2

      agreed. ill take any gameplay that inherit their artistic style and atmospheric quality.

  • Himanshu Goel

    Or are you just pissed they don’t currently have the right to make WipEout titles?
    Yes. Yes I am.
    WipEout still is the best combination of racing and fighting (if one may call it that) unlike the gimmicky takedowns in the NFS games.

  • Brian Sharon

    This is incredible news.