Sony Liverpool has closed its doors
- Posted August 22nd, 2012 at 07:11 EDT by Mike Harradence
- 6 Comments
Sony has issued a formal statement on the matter.
“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.”
According to website CVG, Sony is shuttering WipEout developer Studio Liverpool as part of the company’s reorganisation plans.
The site claims that PlayStation Europe big cheese Michael Denny visited the UK studio on Wednesday morning to break the news to staff there that the developer would be closing its doors.
Sony told CVG that it is hoping to relocate staff from the Liverpool studio to other parts of the business.
Snapped up by Sony Electronic Publishing in 1993, Liverpool Studio has come under the restructuring process on two occasions since 2010. Back in March 2011, cuts were made as part of a Sony’s UK studio reorganisation plans.
While the WipEout studio will be closing, it is not believed that any other UK studio will be affected as part of the restructuring process.
Sony Liverpool was originally founded back in 1984, when it was known as Psygnosis. In addition to its work on the WipEout franchise, the company also enjoyed critical and commercial success with the likes of Destruction Derby and G-Police.
- 9:35am EDT - August 22nd, 2012
this is sad. the vita is quickly turning into a developer killer. soon no one will want to make games for it in fear of being shut down. such a waste of good hardware and developers...buy some games people!
- 9:52am EDT - August 22nd, 2012
hey look at the market...
If you live in europe japan or china if it can't be hacked or illegally downloaded they are not interested so you say buy games but when games cost 90.00 in one country and 1,000 dollers in another country do you think people would actually pay to play i think not
- 12:31pm EDT - August 22nd, 2012
At least there's some solace in the (supposed) promise that Liverpool employees will get picked up by other European studios. I would rather see Sony as a whole doing productive things to boost their bottom line than wasting time and money on projects that don't turn a profit, but it's sombering to have such a business move be paired with the loss of jobs and wellbeing.
Sryche22 | Sryche
- 3:09pm EDT - August 22nd, 2012
I'm with you Kyle, hopefully these guys can potentially get jobs at other studios.
It's unfortunate because I really enjoyed all of the Wipeout series games and was hoping there would be a reimagined version for the PS4 planned.
- 11:33pm EDT - August 22nd, 2012
I don't know where your pulling that comment out of, but the studio didn't close because they was working on vita titles you ingorant fool
- 3:00am EDT - August 23rd, 2012
The people that make this economical system fail because of greed - CEOs and high ranking employees need to get in check with reality and have their income go way down, some (and it's just not exceptions like 1 or 2 in a country, tere's hundreds of them) earn 25 times the total income of the other workers each months, they even struggle to get "more" each month or year even if it bankrupts the company and hundreds lose their job and can't eat or lose their home.
This has to end very soon, it's been years people are demotivated and work quality goes down, teamwork is a thing of the past as each worker is so obsessed of trying to get food for their family human relations are not cordial anymore. I even hear companies set economic goals so high - the extra money going to the CEO and his friends of course, but if they don't reach them the next year, even if money flows enough to keep it running for many years, but as the goal isn't reached they shut down the company putting people out of jobs.
This will permanently ban this user and delete all associated comments. This action is irreversible, are you SURE you want to do this?!