Wipeout studio resurrected?

Studio Liverpool posts updates to social channels saying "We Are Alive" with accompanying image bearing Wipeout resemblance.

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Sony confirmed last month that after nearly 30 years of operation, Wipeout series creator Studio Liverpool would shut its doors. Now, it appears the studio has new life. The company updated its Facebook and Twitter pages today with a message of "We Are Alive" and an image that resembles the studio's Wipeout series.

Is this a first look at the next Wipeout?
Is this a first look at the next Wipeout?

The image (at right) shows two vehicles speeding away from a fiery explosion. No further information is available, and as of press time, Sony had not responded to GameSpot's request for comment.

At the time of Sony Liverpool's closure, the studio was rumored to be working on a Wipeout title and a Splinter Cell-style action game for the PlayStation 4. Sony has kept quiet concerning its official next-generation plans, but analysts believe new consoles from Microsoft and Sony will release in late 2013.

Sony Liverpool was established in 1984 as Psygnosis, before being picked up by Sony in 1993 and rebranded. The firm developed launch titles for every PlayStation format ever released. Most recently, Sony Liverpool developed the warmly received PlayStation Vita game Wipeout 2048.

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if this is still real then they should bring out that update for wipeout 2048 with bug fixes, the AR reward system and new look for some different things

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Okay...I'm gonna go out on this limb hear and ask.....how about another G-Police??

and how about a kick a$$ Wipeout for PS3????

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Well I hope in fact that they did get closed down. And I hope this is real and Sony will release a statement saying the studio is open again. Everyone needs a little fire under their ass to turn out some quality product. Not saying that their products have been anything less than quality, just that they will work harder, faster, stronger, better ...

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That's still kinda lame to me though, that studio has been at Sony's side with like, every console launch. That's like the equivalent of divorcing your wife after she gave you all those years of her life and did all that stuff for you.

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@Spacerac More like adopting a child from near death and now ungrounding the teenager.

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here is the update from yesterday, hours after the photo was posted.

Good afternoon Pilots

As you may be aware; Studio Liverpool shut its doors on the 22nd of August 2012.

It was a very sad day- the end of an era and will never be forgotten. While we wait for news on the future of WipEout, Online play will continue to be supported and there will be plenty of WipEout community events, giveaways and goodies to look forward to!

WipEout’s passion will live on - Together we are stronger and together we will keep WipEout alive.

WE ♥ WO!

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the page yesterday confirmed that YES they are alive, but Studio Liverpool still is dead, but they are still working on something big. will not talk about it yet.

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Maybe they reformed into a smaller group and will be making a Wipeout style game on all platforms? Or maybe Sony got some their employees back and are gonna bring the studio back from the dead.

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I'll save the champagne for when we get official confirmation from Sony. While this seems like a fair assumption, it is still an assumption.

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\o/ My fav racer lives on! wh000000p *fires lazah

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Very good news indeed!

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That's good news.

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YESSSSSSSSS This made my week.

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That Splinter Cell-style action game is "Syphon Filter". You can take that to the bank and cash it.

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Fvck yes.

WipeOut>Twisted Metal

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Hopefully Liverpool studio is indeed alive and hard at work on a Wipeout launch title for Playstation 4. Maybe just moved to a better studio in Liverpool. Quietly creating that "Splinter cell ish" new IP for Sony's PS4 in 2014? They are Sony's best studio so they shouldn't be closed down.

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maybe they just folded the team to another studio

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@jsmoke03 Yeah, that's very possible. But it would still be good to know that those talented people were back in work, making games.

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If WipEout is back... Wow. This better be true. =D

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Oh man, Wipeout. Now that's a blast from the past. That's one of the games I had when I was like 3-4. I still have half of the box and the manual lol. Found it about a month ago. Weird.

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@ryan82994 What? Wipeout had a new game released a few months ago. You make it sound like it's been forever. LOL

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@lanmanna Well, the only game in the Wipeout series by the name of 'Wipeout' came out in 1995. Which, I believe, is the one he was talking about...

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come on lads, let's win the Premier league this year. and bring back Psygnosis along the way

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Probably keeping them alive until the game is done, then they'll get the chop

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Messages have been on official sites, so it's definitely Sony related if they're back before any of you go crazy with dumb ideas.

I'm guessing Sony were taken by surprise by the strong reaction to Studio Liverpool's closure and are now going to restructure to see if they can build some goodwill hype.

Here's hoping if they do, the blowhards decrying Sony for closing them down will remember to BUY SL's next game.

Money where your mouth is, bandwagon jumpers.

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Come on Psygnosis! You can't give up after 28 years!

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Maybe Nintendo bought them *chuckle chuckle*

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@kavadias1981 That actually sound plausible. Hey if Nintendo wants to save game companies I'm glad.

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@ryan82994

You rather let money-hungry scum like Sony or Microsoft keep their hands on Bayonetta? They'll probably end up charging you to view her body parts, $10.00 each, when she uses her Umbra Weave attacks.

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@RhythmAndBlues The way things things are going with Sony, they certainly don't appear interested in making money.

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@shadowhunter0 Sorry to ask, but could you please clarify what you mean by that? You're surely not suggesting that, of the two, only Microsoft is interested in making money...?

Fans of Sony had better hope that that's not true. Otherwise Sony will die more quickly than even the most severe Nintendo-critics are suggesting will happen to them - because (news flash...) every console manufacturer is in the business to make money.

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@SirApathetic005 @ryan82994 that is M$ but not Sony

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@ryan82994 Yeah, me too. Psygnosis will always be precious to me.

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@bubba_1988 As I understand it, Sony own the Wipeout IP anyway. So that couldn't happen.

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@RhythmAndBlues @ryan82994 Lol if Nintendo bought Liverpool, the next Wipeout game would feature curved ship designs and the weapons would be shells and mushrooms. A theme song for now reason would be heard playing when a shield is activated.

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@ryan82994 I would fuckin' **love it** if Nintendo's put them back on-line. It'd be such a ballsy move...

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@kavadias1981 Don't even say that! I'm still recovering from the shock (and horror) of the Bayonetta 2 announcement. :(

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So THAT'S what happened to Psygnosis! Those guys were all over my Amiga collection when I was a kid; them and The Bitmap Brothers. *sniff* I miss my Amiga. May it rest in peace.

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@kavadias1981 Psygnosis and The Bitmap Brothers - two absolute stonewall guarantees of gaming quality in the late '80s/early 90s...

... misty eyes all around, brother.

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@kavadias1981 Definitely if not the best, then one of the best, Psygnosis is guilty for some of the most beautiful moments in my life. Benefactor, Lemmings, Shadow of the Beast, Hired Guns, Leander, Walker, Wipeout.. and more than 150 games more... No words can explain how precious they are for gaming world. PSYGNOSIS FOREVER!

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@KHE3HC @kavadias1981

Let's not forget ALUNDRA! That game is on my top 5 of PSX games

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@artome_quasar @KHE3HC @kavadias1981 Definitely ALUNDRA is one of the best RPG's ever.

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@artome_quasar Love Alundra! Shame the sequel was poo.

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@KHE3HC Don't forget about Blood Money, my friend...

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Awesome; they don't deserve to die just yet.

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awesome! i love wipeout, i almost bought a VITA for it, almost...

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Interesting prospect. Perhaps a top secret PS4 project underway, and this was the best way to keep it under wraps in an age where the internet news tells us almost everything early...

or this is just a fanpic made to rile us up, lol.

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@SolidTy If there was some top secret BS, what would be the point of "closing the studio" , attracting more attention?

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Being from Liverpool i find this news to be most exhilarating.

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They could develop Heavenly Sword 2. If I'm not mistaken there were rumours about SL developing HS2 a couple of years ago...

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