Sometimes in business, these things happen.
As Eurogamer reported this morning, Sony has opted to close part of Wipeout studio Sony Liverpool.
It started with the franchise's Facebook page, saying the Wipeout Team would no longer be updating and adding- "As some of you may have heard Sony have chosen to close Studio Liverpool as of today" and "We have loved making every game, every minute and every one of you. Keep the faith, keep loving WipEout." Sony later confirmed the closing but clarified that the only part of the Liverpool campus that is closing is the WWSE Team. The campus will keep FQA, GFPQA, XDev, CSG-Video, localization services, and WSE Finance, as well as other departments.
Furthermore, a Sony spokesperson said the company would attempt to relocate those affected by the closing, although unfortunately, "some redundancies will be necessary." Well, there's always a silver lining to such news, right? For the record, Wipeout has always been awesome ; the series has maintained a super high quality bar for many years, and that isn't easy to do. Kudos on a job well done.
Here's the final part of Sony's official statement on the matter:
"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."