Sony Shuts Down Studio Liverpool

August 24, 2012

It started life in 1984 and was at that time known as Psygnosis and it developed some of the worlds greatest games under that name, Lemmings, Destruction Derby, Disc World, Formula 1, G-Police, Shadow of the Beast and Colony Wars were some of their great games released on consoles ranging from Amiga, Atari ST, and Macintosh to the PS1, N64 and Sega Saturn.

One of the games released under the Psygnosis name was Wipeout, which with its awesome soundtrack and crazy racing style cemented the PS1 as one of the greatest consoles ever made.

Its founders Ian Hetherington and David Lawson, sold the company to Sony in 1993, the Psygnosis name remained until 2001, when Sony renamed the subsidiary to Studio Liverpool, sadly on the 22nd of August 2012 news emerged that the company would be shut.

Here is an official statement from Sony which was given to gaming Magazine Edge:

“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, both for this coming year and further in the future.”

Here is a post that the company posted on their Facebook wall:

And an image the posted on the same wall:

In other Sony news, the company made 1000 job cuts in its Mobile Phone Division.

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