Last August, Sony shuttered SCE Studio Liverpool, the developer once known as Psygnosis. It was rumoured that before the closure, the studio was working on a new Wipeout title, potentially for the next-gen PlayStation. While we may never see such a title, we do at least have some concept art for it.
Eurogamer was the origin of said rumour — according to "reliable" sources, SCE Studio Liverpool had a "far along" build of Wipeout, along with another, unannounced "Splinter Cell-style" game. Some hand-drawn images recently popped up on the CGHub profile for one "Darren Douglas". A person with the same name worked for Studio Liverpool for over 18 years as a concept artist, going by this LinkedIn account.
The images in question all reference "Wipeout 2048" in their descriptions, but other than a few brief words to give the sketches context, there are no other details to be found. That said, given what we know, it's likely the pieces are indeed concepts for a Wipeout game.
Whether it still lives on somewhere in the bowels of Sony, or has been cast into the depths of a backup drive... who knows?
Images: Darren Douglas