Sony Kills Off WipEout Developer Sony Liverpool, AKA Psygnosis

By Gary Cutlack on at

One of the UK's most fondly remembered development houses has been closed, with Sony ending all coding work at its historic Liverpool office.

The Liverpool team was previously known as Psygnosis, with the independent developer being acquired by Sony in 1993 to help ramp up software output for its forthcoming PlayStation console. The team's subsequent creation of WipEout alone was enough to secure the developer a place in history, with earlier successes like Shadow of the Beast for the Amiga filling out the company's impressive CV.

Sony explained the decision like so: "Liverpool Studio has been an important part of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios since the outset of PlayStation, and has 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

The Liverpool games studio employed around 100 workers. [Wired]