'Wipeout' developer Studio Liverpool closed by Sony

Sony today confirmed the closure of Studio Liverpool, the developer behind Wipeout and Colony Wars, as part of a push to refocus its plans for other studios and projects.

The company stated SCE Worldwide Studio performs regular reviews, which includes accessing current and planned projects for both the short and medium term. In doing so it was decided to make changes to the European studios.

"It has been decided that Liverpool Studio should be closed," Sony said. "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."

Studio Liverpool's Sandy Lobban confirmed the closure of the studio on his Twitter account, calling it the "end of an era."

"End of an era today for Studio Liverpool. Honoured to have been a part of it."

Studio Liverpool originated as Psygnosis in 1984, before being taken under Sony's wing in 1993 and rebranded. The studio helped in the success of PlayStation with the launch of Wipeout in 1995 and Colony Wars in 1996. Most recently the studio developed Wipeout 2048 for the PlayStation Vita.

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