Unfortunately, the rumor around the office is that Sony Liverpool may be facing a 50% reduction in staff.
As reported by Develop , sources at the UK studio say half of the development team will be left without jobs due to "restructuring" caused by project cancellations. On Friday, it was revealed that several projects currently in development at Liverpool, Sony's second largest studio in Europe, will "cease immediately," which can't be good news. This doesn't mean the studio will disappear entirely, though, as a Sony statement read:
"Our North West Studio Group has been, and will continue to be, a vital cog in the WWS family, with a history of producing genre defining games such as MotorStorm, WipEout, Formula 1 and WRC."
Liverpool started off as publisher Psygnosis way back in 1984 and has since delivered over 100 titles to the market, including the aforementioned franchises that are easily recognizable by most gamers. Wipeout HD remains one of the most impressive downloadable titles of the generation, too. On the plus side, early predictions are that Sony's profits could hit $1 billion for the third fiscal quarter (the October – December period), which is way above original analyst expectations. But we're sad to see Liverpool hit so hard; we have no idea what they were working on, but we're willing to bet the projects were promising. …or maybe they weren't, and that's why this happened.