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.