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UK studio Firesprite is the spiritual successor to Sony Liverpool

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The spirit of Sony's former Liverpool studio lives on in the form of Firesprite, IGN reports.

Founded in 1984 as Psygnosis, it was later purchased by Sony Computer Entertainment and renamed. Before SCE shuttered the studio in 2012, Sony Liverpool created games in the Colony Wars, Formula One and Wipeout franchises.

Firesprite coalesced in the wake of Sony Liverpool's closing last year.

"[Firesprite] came about organically, but we all had a shared vision," managing director Graeme Ankers said. "The founding team met up socially after Studio Liverpool and we talked about all the things we had achieved over the years, the platform launches, the variety of games, going back to [the] Psygnosis days and through to F1 and Wipeout. We knew we wanted to carry on making great games."

Firesprite's first project involved helping Sony's Studio Japan develop The Playroom, which is bundled with the PlayStation 4.

Earlier this year, other former Sony Liverpool employees formed Sawfly Studios. That studio's first game is currently in development.