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Sony Closes Nearly 30 Year Old Liverpool Development Studio

by Joey Davidson | August 22, 2012August 22, 2012 6:00 am PST

Sony has officially closed one of the oldest development studios in the world. Their Liverpool office, as of this morning, is no more.

If you’re a gamer, you know the games produced by the nearly 30 years of talent to work at Sony’s Liverpool studio. Back in the late 80s until 2000, the studio was known as Psygnosis. Psygnosis pumped out a constant barrage of classic games.

Psygnosis was responsible for Lemmings, Wipeout and  Colony Wars, among a massive slew of other properties over the course of its lengthy run. Sony released a statement to the press with news of the closure.

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.

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 WWSE 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.

The company also contacted Eurogamer in order to say that they will be making an effort to distribute those affected by the closure throughout Sony with proper jobs; however, they explained, some positions would be redundant and thus unnecessary.

We wish the best to those who lost their jobs. Psygnosis (and then Sony Liverpool) was a top-notch studio.

Joey Davidson

Joey Davidson leads the gaming department here on TechnoBuffalo. He's been covering games online for more than 10 years, and he's a lover of all...