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Sony Announces Plans to Close UK-based Liverpool Studio

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Sony says goodbye to the 28-year-old Liverpool Studio.

Sony has announced plans to close its Liverpool Studio, one of its oldest development houses. The company said that while Liverpool Studio has been an important part of SCE Worldwide Studios since the outset of PlayStation, the company wanted to focus its investments on other studios.

"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," the company said in a statement. "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."

Sony said that by focusing on other studios working on 'exciting new projects,' the company would be in a stronger position to offer customers the best possible content. Liverpool Facility will continue to operate, as it houses a number of other vital Sony World Wide Studios and SCEE Departments, and Sony told Eurogamer that it's going to try to relocate those affected to other studios. However, the company did say that there will be some necessary redundancies.

Head-quartered in Liverpool, England, the development house was founded in 1984 as Psygnosis, before being bought by Sony Electronic Publishing in 1993. The studio was rebranded as Liverpool Studio a over 10 years ago. Some of the studio's best known games include WipEout, Formula 1, and Lemmings.

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    ikaruga , August 24, 2012 10:09 AM
    that's bad:( 
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    snowdweller , August 24, 2012 11:06 AM
    True shame, Roll cage and Colony Wars especially the 2nd were my favorite games and to this day would pay at least $40 for a remake for PS3/Vita
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    waxdart , August 24, 2012 11:21 AM
    SCE Studio Liverpool A.K.A Psygnosis go back to my Amiga days. Talent to be proud of.
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    alidan , August 24, 2012 12:10 PM
    snowdwellerTrue shame, Roll cage and Colony Wars especially the 2nd were my favorite games and to this day would pay at least $40 for a remake for PS3/Vita

    roll cage... one of those games that made me want a gpu... but i think it was still a software renderable game... some reason i loved the software render look better than many of the hardware render of that time.

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    theconsolegamer , August 24, 2012 2:11 PM
    Onyl Wipeout could be consider a high profile game. Hope those guys can find new jobs fast.