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It's a bad time to work in the games industry, as we receive word of yet another studio closure, this time from Studio Liverpool, the creators of WipEout and Colony Wars. The annuncement is the end of a gaming era, as the Liverpool studio stated life in 1984 as Psygnosis, publishers of the original Lemmings.
The news comes following a review of Sony's Worldwide Studios, as explained in a statement:
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 marketplace. 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.
While acknowledging that the studio had been an "important part" of Worldwide Studios since the original PlayStation (and has "contributed greatly" to PlayStation in the past), the time had come to close its doors. Instead, Sony will focus its investment plans on its other in-house developers, "currently working on exciting new projects".
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