Sony Shuts Down WipeOut Developer Studio Liverpool
Sony announced today that its Studio Liverpool, responsible for the WipeOut racing series, has been shut down.
There’s not a lot of detail in Sony’s complete statement (embedded below), but it does sound as if the shuttering of the studio isn’t going to mean a shuffling ’round of developers — or at least, Sony isn’t mentioning hanging on to anybody.
According to a report from Eurogamer, the Liverpool studio was working on a new WipeOut title and a stealth game utilizing motion capture technology, both for the Playstation 4. It seems that the closing of the Liverpool studio suggests the cancelling of both titles, as evidenced by the WipeOut 2048 Facebook page.
Here’s Sony’s complete statement:
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.
Our Liverpool Facility will continue to operate, housing a number of other vital WWS!E and SCEE Departments.
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.