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'Wipeout' developer Studio Liverpool closed by Sony

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Studio Liverpool has closed its doors.

Sony has issued a statement saying that it has decided to make changes to its European studios and that the UK-based developer is being shut down.

WipEout 2048

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"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," read a statement.

"Everyone connected with Liverpool Studio, past and present, can be very proud of their achievements."

It was added that, while WWSE Team Liverpool will close, the campus will remain open and house FQA, GFPQA, XDev, CSG-Video, various localisation services and WWSE Finance.

Earlier today (August 22) Studio Liverpool updated its Wipeout 2048 Facebook page thanking fans for their support over the years.

"We have loved making every game, every minute and every one of you. Keep the faith, keep loving WipEout. Thank you for everything, Pilots. It's been an amazing journey and we'll miss you."

> Wipeout was in development for PlayStation 4 by Studio Liverpool, says report

WipEout 2048

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Founded in 1984 as Psygnosis, Studio Liverpool is Sony Computer Entertainment's oldest first-party developer.

While best known for its work on the Wipeout series, it also created Lemmings, Colony Wars, Overboard! and G-Police, and worked on several F1 games.

Studio Liverpool's last title was PlayStation Vita launch title Wipeout 2048, which was recently given two Wipeout HD DLC packs.

> Retro Corner: Wipeout

Images: View pictures of games from Liverpool Studio's history:
Read the full statement by Sony below:

"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 WWSE 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."

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