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Sony closing Wipeout dev SCE Studio Liverpool

Sony Computer Entertainment today confirmed plans to shut down Studio Liverpool, 19 years after acquiring it and almost 30 after the studio was founded as the hallowed Psygnosis. Studio Liverpool was most known for creating and developing racing series Wipeout, but it was also once a publisher too, bringing the world DMA Design's (now Rockstar) >Lemmings games.

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Sony Computer Entertainment today confirmed plans to shut down Studio Liverpool, 19 years after acquiring it and almost 30 after the studio was founded as the hallowed Psygnosis. Studio Liverpool was most known for creating and developing racing series Wipeout, but it was also once a publisher too, bringing the world DMA Design's (now Rockstar) Lemmings games.

"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," Sony said in an official statement provided to GamesIndustry International. "Everyone connected with Liverpool Studio, past and present, can be very proud of their achievements."

It added, "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."

The best of luck to everyone affected by this. Fingers crossed for the future of Wipeout, too.

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    August 22, 2012 6:15 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Sony closing Wipeout dev SCE Studio Liverpool.

    Sony Computer Entertainment today confirmed plans to shut down Studio Liverpool, 19 years after acquiring it and almost 30 after the studio was founded as the hallowed Psygnosis. Studio Liverpool was most known for creating and developing racing series Wipeout, but it was also once a publisher too, bringing the world DMA Design's (now Rockstar) >Lemmings games.

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      August 22, 2012 6:15 AM

      Game industry...MELTING!

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      August 22, 2012 6:21 AM

      Damn.. this is really unfortunate. Wipeout and Assault Rigs were my entry to PSX and are partly responsible for where I am today. Some classic gaming memories there. Was looking forward to Wipeout on PS4, loved HD and HD Fury. Hopefully those guys find a new studio soon (or do some independant stuff ;) )

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      August 22, 2012 6:25 AM

      Quick someone get a bunch of blockers and surround the exits!

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      August 22, 2012 6:35 AM

      :( what the heck, lame/tragic.

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      August 22, 2012 6:49 AM

      wipeout, doesn't haiku post about that series every time there's a new one out?

      he will be crushed.

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        August 22, 2012 11:29 AM

        nah - he'll just cut sony off from the internet. no big deal...

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      August 22, 2012 6:55 AM

      Dammit. There was a ton of history there. Thanks for all the memories! http://psygnosis.org/

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      August 22, 2012 7:48 AM

      Alas, poor Psygnosis... again. I remember Lemmings and G-Police well, though I never got into Wipeout since I was solidly into Doom, Quake, and Half-Life, and didn't have any consoles.

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        August 22, 2012 12:36 PM

        Oh yeah, G-Police was a pretty awesome game.

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      August 22, 2012 7:58 AM

      At this rate, they might as well just shut down the gaming industry.

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      August 22, 2012 8:40 AM

      Sigh. So many closings and layoffs recently. Can't help wonder if this might impact holiday titles.

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      August 22, 2012 8:43 AM

      This is fucking stupid.

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      August 22, 2012 9:42 AM

      Goodnight, sweet prince. :[

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      August 22, 2012 10:07 AM

      Dammit, They promised Puggsy 2 in the Puggsy credits!

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      August 22, 2012 10:15 AM

      Wipeout was a classic :(

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        August 22, 2012 11:54 AM

        for me, Wipeout died when The Designers Republic died. They went hand in hand.

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          August 22, 2012 12:39 PM

          Yeah, I'd have to agree with this. But it's no one's fault, it was a product of its time. It wasn't just DR, but the soundtrack featuring fairly unknown (outside of Europe) electronic acts at the time like the Prodigy, Chemical Bros and Underworld in the original Wipeout.

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      August 22, 2012 10:18 AM

      This saddens me so much. I played so much Wipeout XL that I joked to my friends that I was trained by the CIA to play it on LSD. I bought a PSP solely to play Pure and Pulse, and HD+Fury is easily the game I play the most on my PS3.

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      August 22, 2012 11:02 AM

      They could've cleaned up if they had brought the Colony War series to the ps2 and ps3. Multiplayer would've been sweet.

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      August 22, 2012 12:03 PM

      What the actual fucking fuck?

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      August 22, 2012 12:10 PM

      FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU...

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      August 22, 2012 12:18 PM

      Goddamnit! Wipeout and Motorstorm are two of my favorite arcade racers. FUCK YOU SONY!

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      August 22, 2012 12:26 PM

      A LOT fewer PSPs would have sold if it hadn't been for Wipeout. Sony is on crack. :(

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      August 22, 2012 12:34 PM

      Shadow of the Beast 1 2 & 3, Blood Money, Ballistix, Menace, Obliterator... RIP :(

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      August 22, 2012 12:45 PM

      Damn, OGs getting shuttered is always terrible. =/

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      August 22, 2012 1:43 PM

      haiku is gonna be livid

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      August 22, 2012 2:40 PM

      God damned morons at the head of the gaming industry today.

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      August 22, 2012 5:16 PM

      Sony, you just made a BIG mistake!!!

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      August 22, 2012 7:29 PM

      Fuck Sony.

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