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Submitted by colossalblue 593d ago | interview

Sawfly Studios Talk WipEout, Sony Liverpool And Moving On

"Sony closed Sony Liverpool, formerly Psygnosis, back in August last year, and with it (sadly) the team that built WipEout, amongst many others over the years, as well as much of the timeless PlayStation brand and ethos. WipEout defined PlayStation.

But Michael’s moving on, and with him a strong team of dedicated individuals, including Karl Jones, now Sawfly’s Design Director, Jon Eggelton, the company’s Art Director and Technical Director Andrew Jones. It’s a confident team, and one keen to rise from the ashes of Sony Liverpool." (Android, iPad, iPhone, PS Vita, PS3, Sawfly Studios)

FriedGoat  +   593d ago
Glad to see studio Liverpool Reborn.
Such a shame this fantastic company was taken away from us. I have lots of fond memories of the wipeout games.
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360ICE  +   593d ago
Boy, it'd be nice if they had gone back to Psygnosis. That name brings back memories :')
FriedGoat  +   593d ago
good old destruction derby, Thing is, when I was younger on the old atari, I didn't realise half the games were only published by them! I saw the owl and assumed they made it. They were one of the biggest game publishers in the early 90's!
DOMination-  +   593d ago
Yes, publishers of Lemmings developed by DMA Design aka Rockstar North. Legendary times.
VonBraunschweigg  +   593d ago
I just can't imagine a PS4 without a proper new WipEout game. I know the PS2 did without as Fusion was to far from the original formula, but if for example the PS4 is going to be able to render 4K graphics than there just has to be a WipEout game to showcase that.

And don't sneak up on us again and hide it somewhere in the PS store with little to no warning in advance, instead treat it with the respect it deserves as a flagship franchise...please?
Kennytaur  +   593d ago
Evolution can make it.
Knushwood Butt  +   593d ago
Speaking of Evolution, what are they working on at the moment?
DOMination-  +   593d ago
Hopefully wipeout or a new racing IP. I personally hate the Motorstorm formula.
izumo_lee  +   593d ago
The majortiy of the studio merged with Evolution so there is a good chance that WipeOut will be reborn under a new studio.

It is sad to see Sony Liverpool be closed cause of Sony's current financial difficulties overall & sacrifices had to be made. Psygnosis was an awesome studio making one of my fave series like Colony Wars, wishing for a comeback for it.

Good to know the more higher ups are still employed in doing what they love so i wish this new studio of theres all the best.
Good_Guy_Jamal  +   593d ago
Can i get a link to that? Liverpool merging with Evolution. Not the stuff from 2010, I mean confirmation after their 2012 closure.
izumo_lee  +   593d ago
There are multiple articles. This was the quickest i could find.

http://www.joystiq.com/2009...

Oh this was from 2009...sorry i am unsure if they did merge but that was my thinking.
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Kyosuke_Sanada  +   593d ago
I wonder if they will consider making a new Colony Wars......
DivineAssault  +   593d ago
They are far from bad dev teams but sony isnt going to publish games that arent AAA quality for PS4.. Sony saw them as a stronger mobile/indie type team & probably encouraged them to go that route.. Naughtydog made themselves indispensable to sony just like Guerrilla, Sucker punch, etc as console devs by building games that utilized PS3s power & were also quality titles.. Liverpool shouldve been placed as vita devs but i guess it wasnt in sonys best interest..

Sony isnt going to publish high budget titles that they know wont pay off so i dont blame them.. If i had all the money, i too would be concerned on wether or not it would sell to the masses. Nx gen will be super expensive for publishers to make AAA games & take as many risks of potential failure to catch on to the public..
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Knushwood Butt  +   593d ago
Just my opinion, but I think it's time to drop Wipeout.

It's just not a popular franchise any more.

Let's have some new IPs please.
PirateThom  +   593d ago
WipEout is still fantastic. It's the only futuristic racer that really exists any more.

F-Zero hasn't had a game since 2004 or something and Fatal Inertia was awful.

WipEout just feels right. 2048 was a fantastic entry to the franchise.
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Knushwood Butt  +   592d ago
I have to confess I'm not a huge fan of the series, although HD was and still is very impressive.

They do seem pretty samey though.

Talented devs.

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