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Sony closes WipEout developer Sony Liverpool

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It's a bad week to have a legacy.

WipEout developer Sony Liverpool is being closed by Sony.

Sony issued a statement confirming the closure of the studio: "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."

Formerly known as Psygnosis, Sony Liverpool was acquired by Sony in 2001, and has since developed some of the company's more respected exclusives, such as WipEout HD and WipEout 2048. Rumour has it they were working on a PS4 WipEout before the closure.



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pickhut posted August 22, 2012:

I always wondered what happened to Psygnosis. Too bad they were mostly known in their later years as "that development team that made Wipeout games" after being attached to Sony.
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joseph_valencia posted August 22, 2012:

Well, it's better than being known as "that development team that made Bram Stoker's Dracula". :-)
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overdrive posted August 22, 2012:

Joseph

ANYTHING would be better than that. I remember renting that game on the SNES once. I had it for three days, I returned it after one, I'd stopped playing after one hour.
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dagoss posted August 22, 2012:

I haven't played any of their other games besides Wipeout HD, which was the best racing game I've ever played, hands down.
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honestgamer posted August 22, 2012:

I have tried numerous Wipeout games and I even downloaded one when Sony was apologizing for the server hacking. I'll play that one someday, maybe, but I'm not in a hurry because all of the past titles that I tried in the series made me want to pull out my hair. I like racing games, including the F-Zero titles, but Wipeout doesn't work for me. It's really a shame that Sony barely let Psygnosis work on anything else once it became Sony Liverpool.
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bbbmoney posted August 22, 2012:

What's not to like about them? =[

Well, everyone's first experience with them is running into walls, I guess.
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honestgamer posted August 22, 2012:

They just seem so devoid of personality compared to Nintendo's stuff, which I had played first and rather extensively. But yes, it's the controls that cinched it for me (along with the AI). I do not like the controls one bit. Or the AI. Or really... anything about Wipeout.
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dagoss posted August 23, 2012:

They are bitchin' hard. I can only speak for Wipeout HD, but that game was very fair and well designed. It didn't have the colorful personality of F-Zero GX, but it also didn't have rubber band AI, completely unbalanced vehicles, and snaking. I never lost a race that I didn't deserve to lose, and there was always room for improvement. Once it all clicks, it clicks your face off and rocks your pants.
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Roto13 posted August 23, 2012:

F-Zero GX is the greatest racing game of that type ever. But WipeOut HD is probably somewhere in the top three.

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