Sony Closes One Of The Oldest Video Game Developers In The World

Sony Liverpool, a studio with one of the longest and proudest track records in video game history, has been closed.

While this is sad news at the best of times, what makes this particularly devastating for the British industry and older gamers is the fact that Sony Liverpool, once known as Psygnosis, have been around for almost 30 years, and are responsible for publishing the original Lemmings, creating the WipeOut series and having some of the greatest box art in the history of the medium.

A Sony statement on the matter reads:

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.


    Good night, sweet prince

    Goodbye to another great video game company... I have fond memories of their Wipeout games.

    So you close the studio that developed probably the best (and might I add, non-port) title in the struggling vita launch lineup? (Wipeout 2048) Not to mention one of the most popular series to ever grace a sony console, Seems perfectly logical to me.../idiots.

      Did you not read: "Our Liverpool Facility will continue to operate, housing a number of other vital WWS!E and SCEE Departments." ?


        Did you not read "Facility"? The building will be used to house other subsidiaries of SCEE, not Studio Liverpool...
        Double Derp

          And your point being? Sony own the IP s, staff can be transferred and time continues to tick....

          Triple derp.

            Ever heard of many ip's from the ps1 era (or before) changing hands and anything good coming out of it? Spyro? Crash Bandicoot? ....... Duke Nukem Forever?

            Quad Damage!

              Ever heard of many ip’s from the ps1 era (or before) changing hands and anything good coming out of it?

              Yes, Castlevania: LoS, Deus Ex:HR,...and the best example of them all Twisted Metal (created from a Sony studio, which has closed down, and then subsequently rebooted by key former staffers 15 year later in a newly formed studio). Do you not see the parallels between that and this?

              Curly Wurly double pack!

                To be honest I'm mostly enjoying the curly wurly reference lol!
                I do have a couple of points to add however if I may,
                Castlevania: LoS didn't start as a Castlevania game, it was basically done and got the Castlevania stamp on it later.
                Deus ex : HR, whilst I did love it, the original found its port on ps2, so doesn't count, but trust me, I do see your point there, a very good example.
                Hats off to you for Twisted Metal though, that is a success story from a game aspect, but I read that there will only be one more, so perhaps not successful commercially?

                My point however is that the stories of failure greatly outnumber those of success, I do hope that the ip's enjoy huge success in the future as a huge wipeout fan.


                LoS...? Castlevania should stick to 2D.

                Which is why I'm looking forward to LoS 2.

      I think it's a bit of a stretch to single out just Wipeout when there were a lot of strong games in the Vita lineup.

        True the lineup was good, I myself love my vita, wipeout however was the standout game for me. The point is they need strong vita games, studio Liverpool delivered and now they're closing the studio, a sad day indeed.
        Apologies if I sounded fanboyish, I am however a fan, a fan disappointed in this decision, fingers crossed something good comes out of this.

          Another part of my youth just died

          Blood Money

    Very disappointing news.
    They've released two of the best racing games of this console generation and they will be sorely missed.

    I still have destrution derby for the PSX

    Sad day.

    Destruction Derby 2 is one of my all time favourite games. So many other games I enjoyed as a kid as well; the original Destruction Derby, G Police and Overboard!

      I reckon I spent close to 100 hours on DD2. Shit don't get old when you're a kid.

    Not to mention all the amiga stuff. Pinball Dreams and such. It's like everything they touched turned to gold; will be sorely missed.

    I still have all of their PSONE F1 games. 97 was and will always be my favorite though, listening to the menu music now.

      My first thought when I saw this story

      I ripped the Wipeout soundtrack purely so I could listen to it on my PC. Psygnosis always seemed to have awesome soundtracks

    That's really horrible news, Psygnosis and Sony are interwoven for me. I got a demo disc with Crash Bandicoot which had a one-track demo of 2097, and I must have spent more time with that one track than I did with Crash.
    To hear they're closing is really disappointing; they contributed massively to the PSX's early popularity by coming up with the genius that is Wipeout.

      Mother [email protected]#$?r F1 '97 was my favourite game until GT2. It changed what a driving game should/could be. Psygnosis.... God bless you.

    This is sad, I remember playing Shadow of The Beast on my Commodore Amiga, Lemmings and more through my younger years. So many great titles across different formats (Amiga, PC and consoles). Barbarian, Hired Guns, Colony Wars, Discworld...... G-Police...... What a loss :(

    I'm close to tears. I've never experienced the closure of a developer I've loved.

      I'm the same, I kinda teared up a bit... Psygnosis/Studio Liverpool have been so goddamn loyal to Sony over the years, and they basically just stab em in the back like this? Stay classy Sony, you scumbags. There goes my favorite IP AND favorite dev team, in the world. Absolutely, brilliant.

      I have.. Midway and Mortal Kombat...

      But this is sad news - long live Destruction Derby!

    I REMEMBER THAT LOGO!!!!!!!!!111!!!

    How dare they close down a studio for strong business, quality, and economic reasons! This studio, which most people wouldn't even know the history of since being rebadged years ago, should have remained open due to nostalgia reasons!

    Or something. I just wanted to fit in.

    Aww, They made the first game I ever owned and played, which was Toy Story for the Mega Drive.
    so sad...

    Did they drop any sweet loot? lololol

    When I bought my PS1 I had only Psygnosis and Ocean games.... WTF happened to British game development, they were gods 15 years a go.

    Wow. This is truly terrible news. I've played games from this studio for years - Medievil, Shadow of the Beast, Wipeout.... This is one of the greats, an amazing studio that tried new things, were daring and exciting - they will be missed, and their legacy remains in the great I.P they created and the many happy gaming memories I have from my youth.

    Bummer. I remember thinking Barbarian was sooo cool when it came out. I had countless hours of fun playing Destruction Derby too. Can't say I've played any of their games other than the Wipeout series and maybe the odd F1 in the last 10 years though.

    Adidas Power Soccer 98 *tear*

    This comment has been deemed harsh but fair but also contains too many swears and has been deleted.

      You're off the case!

        I'm just glad my html didn't leave the rest of the page in italics. I accidentally pressed submit too early but it looks OK!

          it was very clever too :)

    This is bad. It makes me sad. Great job Sony. Another British developer gone because of your fiscal incompetence. Is anyone left from the 80s?!!!! Oh yeah. Activision.

    yeah, sad world we live in - remember playing a few of their titles on the Amiga,

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