Joining PopCap and Funcom (and last week OnLive) workers on the unemployment lines this week are employees of Sony's Studio Liverpool. The studio responsible for the classic Wipeout series and Colony Wars, has been closed as part of Sony's plan to re-focus its resources and energy on other studios. The company said in a statement that SCE Worldwide Studio performs regular reviews of its internal studios. After its latest review of the Liverpool studio, it decided to shut it down.
"It has been decided that Liverpool Studio should be closed," Sony said. "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."
Studio Liverpool's Sandy Lobban also confirmed the news via Twitter:
"End of an era today for Studio Liverpool. Honoured to have been a part of it."
Studio Liverpool started out as Psygnosis in 1984, until it was acquired by Sony in 1993 and renamed. The studio was responsible for creating the ultra-popular PlayStation launch title Wipeout in 1995 and Colony Wars in 1996. The company's last game was WipEout 2048 for the PlayStation Vita.
Sony did not disclose how many employees are now out of work or if any of them have been offered positions at other studios.