Wipeout May Not Be Dead After All

By Ishaan . September 17, 2012 . 1:10pm

Last month, Sony Computer Entertainment announced that they were closing down Studio Liverpool, developers of the Wipeout series of futuristic racing games. Then, this morning, a message posted to the Wipeout 2048 Facebook page, along with the image below, stated: “WE. ARE. ALIVE.”


Naturally, this caused some to question whether Studio Liverpool were somehow being reinstated, but this doesn’t seem to be the case. The aforementioned message appears to have more to do with the Wipeout franchise itself, rather than its developers. A new message clarifies:


Good afternoon Pilots

As you may be aware; Studio Liverpool shut its doors on the 22nd of August 2012.
It was a very sad day- the end of an era and will never be forgotten. While we wait for news on the future of WipEout, Online play will continue to be supported and there will be plenty of WipEout community events, giveaways and goodies to look forward to!


WipEout’s passion will live on – Together we are stronger and together we will keep WipEout alive.

WE ♥ WO!


We’ll keep you updated on the situation as it develops further.

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  • Godmars

    Not like it should be all that surprising that an IP is being moved to another studio. 

    Now if only they could put in effects similar to that concept pic.

  • psycho_bandaid

    Hopefully the new studio can keep the quality high.

  •  The news are bitter-sweet. Even though I love the Wipeout games knowing that Psygnosis is no more really stings. I am 34 years old now and I started my gaming career with an Amiga 500. I remember myself drooling like an idiot when I first saw Shadow of the Beast and Agony on a friend’s Amiga. In fact those 2 games were the very reason I got one myself. That music, that atmosphere and the white owl, the logo of Psygnosis in the game’s intro…  4-5 kids gathering in a room trying to push forward in Agony, a game of absurd difficulty while arguing who was next in line to play. Man so many fond memories…

  • neo_firenze

    Rumors are that the new studio in charge of the franchise is Evolution Studios, of MotorStorm (and previous to that, WRC Rally) fame.  (see http://www.mcvuk.com/news/read/wipeout-to-be-resurrected-by-sony-s-evolution-studio/0103011)

    I’m sad to see Studio Liverpool go, but I have to admit that’s a replacement with a fine racing game pedigree in their own right. And really, how many in-house racing specialist teams does Sony need? One assumes Polyphony is doing work on future GT titles and is kind of a sacred cow. So maybe having them AND the MotorStorm guys AND the Wipeout crew was too much.

    In fact, the director of Evolution (Mick Hocking) has already been running three Sony studios: Evolution, SCE Studio Liverpool, and Bigbig games (PSP focused offshoot of Evolution who did the Pursuit Force games, MotorStorm: Arctic Edge, and Little Deviants). Bigbig was already scheduled to be closed too. So maybe it makes sense to just fold everything together into one Sony racing-focused studio. Hopefully they rehire some of the development staff they let go from Liverpool/Bigbig as they reconfigure the teams.

    • zweii

      Evolution is not the new WipEout developer. Read your link again since its been updated.

      • neo_firenze

         Guess we’ll see what happens, still a rumor in any case at this point.

        Seeing Sony choose to just keep one of Evolution/Liverpool as their in house UK racing studio sure wouldn’t be shocking though, particularly given that they’re geographically really close to each other and there’s a lot of overlap in the kinds of games they make.

    • d19xx

      If Wipeout is developed by Evolutions Studio, expect the game to have ramps that will fly you towards a wall. They like that crap…

  • SirRichard

    While it’s good to see that the series will live on, that’s still kind of a slap for the studio, getting closed down and having their main work handed off to someone else. Sony needs to seriously get better at holding onto their talent, they’ve been dropping them left and right lately.

  • DarkWaterClone

    I would have preferred if Colony Wars was not dead. I have been wanting a new space sim game for some time. That being said I can’t wait to see a new WipEout.

    • TheRealMalek

       Oh good i had almost forgot about those games. Yeah a new space shooter game (without being star wars) would be great.

  • drproton

    I hope that Sony at least absorbed some of their talent into other studios.  

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