Sony closes Wipeout developer Studio Liverpool

In what was a gloomy and depressing day for British game development as Sony Computer Entertainment announced the closure of its Liverpool studio last week. The studio was originally known as Psygnosis, a developer who crafted some of the best known games of the 1980s including Lemmings and Shadow of the Beast. They were taken over by Sony Computer Entertainment in 1993, making it one of the oldest teams in the SCE family.

The Liverpool studio is best known for its work on Sony’s Wipeout franchise, creating the latest title, Wipeout 2048, exclusively for the PS Vita. While Sony issued a bittersweet statement revealing that other teams will now make use of the Liverpool facilities, members of the Wipeout 2048 development team took to the game’s Facebook page to have a final word with their fans.

“As some of you may have heard Sony have chosen to close Studio Liverpool as of today. This page will no longer be maintained by theWipEout Team. We have loved making every game, every minute and every one of you. Keep the faith, keep loving WipEout. Thank you for everything, Pilots. It’s been an amazing journey and we’ll miss you. x”

Sadly, the news came just two days after the studio lost one of their veteran developers, Colin Fawcett, to cancer.

[Source: The Independent]

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