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.