Studio Liverpool, the folks behind the hit series Wipeout, has been closed down after 28 years of development.
The studio has been working on two PlayStation 4 launch titles, according to Eurogamer. One was a WipeEout game described as “dramatically different” compared to the series’ previous games. The other was a Splinter Cell-style game. A source told Eurogamer that the WipEout game was “far along”, and has been in development for between 12 to 18 months.
Sony has issued an official statement on Studio Liverpool’s closure:
“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.”
Will this be the end of the WipEout series as we know it? We pray not.