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Sony Closes SCE Liverpool Studio [CONFIRMED]

Jonathan Lester
Sony, Sony Studio Liverpool, Studio closure, Wipeout

Sony Closes SCE Liverpool Studio [CONFIRMED]

WipEout Developer/Psygnosis Is No More

Breaking reports suggest that Sony has closed their Liverpool Studio, the oldest and most experienced first-party development team in the European division. Sony Liverpool developer Sandy Lobban tweeted that it's "the end of an era today," backing up a report on the GRcade forums. Sony has apparently confirmed the closure to CVG, suggesting that they're looking to relocate the employees.

Originally known as Psygnosis back in the Amiga days before being bought out, Sony Liverpool proceeded to bring us WipEout, G-Police and Colony Wars. We've reached out to Sony for comment.

UPDATE: Sony has confirmed the studio's closure in a lengthy statement that praises SCE Liverpool's contributions. We've got it in full below.

“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.”

We hope that the employees are found new positions within SCE's infrastructure, and salute the achievements of one of Britain's oldest, most influential and downright awesome studios.

Add a comment9 comments
gunnx  Aug. 22, 2012 at 12:54

That is very sad news, a very talented team, did they confirm the staff are being moved or will they perhaps try to start a new company? Any news on the future of Wipeout series

RodM  Aug. 22, 2012 at 13:15


darthsteve333  Aug. 22, 2012 at 13:21

Very sad news. Been buying their games since the early Psygnosis days.

If I find out they've been closed in favour of a ' new and exciting IP' that involves waving a bloody Move controller around, I may have to perform a 'review' of my gaming platform purchases.

Best of luck to those who find themselves without a job after years of exemplary work.

phil16  Aug. 22, 2012 at 14:19

Psygnosis was excellent. Bought a lot less of their titles since the Sony buy out but shame to see them go.

gunnx  Aug. 22, 2012 at 14:25

Psygnosis was excellent. Bought a lot less of their titles since the Sony buy out but shame to see them go.

Yeah perhaps if they were still independent, we'd have seen more variety than just versions of F1 and wipeout.

DivideByZero  Aug. 22, 2012 at 14:49

Shame. Loved Lemmings, Microcosm and Wipeout.

Good luck to the staff.

Last edited by DivideByZero, Aug. 22, 2012 at 14:50
haulme  Aug. 22, 2012 at 15:31

Who can forget destruction Derby???!!!

Late  Aug. 23, 2012 at 14:06


Loved Lemmings. Still do, to be fair.


JonLester  Aug. 23, 2012 at 14:18

Guess what this week's Why We Love is going to be about... 8)

Also, shout out to Bill's Tomato Game.


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