Another unfortunate closure has occurred as Sony has shutdown one of the longest running game developers in the world. SCE Liverpool, formerly named Psygnosis, was founded nearly thirty years ago and published over 100 games for many different developers. Gamers today may know the company best for their work on the Wipeout and Formula 1 series, but they also published some memorable games back in the day, such as the Lemming series, and even brought Working Design’s Alundra to Europe.
SCE Liverpool has a long running history and they will be sorely missed. We wish the developers a quick and speedy return into the game industry.
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.