The oldest and second largest game development studio in the UK, Sony-owned Studio Liverpool is set to have its head counted reduced by half, according to develop. Studio Liverpool is best known for their formula 1 and WipEout games under the helmof Sony – including the rather excellent Wipeout HD on the PS3.
Studio Liverpool, before it’s acquisition by Sony was known as Psygnosis- the company responsible for bringing you sucg games as Lemmings, Microcosm, Destruction Derby and the Discworld games. The impending axings are a result of Sony restructuring – which according to one staffer was â€œlooking heavyâ€ and that â€œaround half us may be goneâ€.
Sony’s official statement on the Liverpool restructuring reads: “It has been decided that production on a number of projects within Studio Liverpool will cease immediately due to project prioritisation.Â Our North West Studio Group has been and will continue to be a vital cog in the WWS family, with a history of producing genre defining games such as MotorStorm, WipEout, Formula 1 and WRC and this decision will have no impact of the role that the North West Studio Group will play in the future of all PlayStation platforms.â€
Sad times. It seems the critical success of WipEout HD (and subsequent add on, Fury) wasn’t enough to keep the studio safe – and if this affects the future of other WipEout games, somebody’s ass is gonna need a right good kicking.
Last Updated: February 2, 2010