Liverpool Studios, the development team behind the WipEout series, has been closed. Sony released an official statement on the matter, saying that the company believes it best to focus their efforts and resources into other 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.
Whether or not this marks the end of the WipEout franchise remains to be seen, but according to a report from Eurogamer, the studio was working on a new entry in the series for Sony’s next-gen console.
According to the outlet’s unnamed source, the project was a good 18 months in development and was “radically different” from prior entries in the series. It was also stated that the studio was allegedly working on a Splinter Cell competitor, likely being another Syphon Filter title.