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    Default SL redundancies and the future [if any] of HD

    I don't know if you are like me and just arrive at the wipeoutzone directly at the forum pages.
    But you might of missed what Rob has posted at the sites main page,I'll copy/paste it here.

    Quote Originally Posted by wipeoutzone.com
    Sony Computer Entertainment is poised to announce sweeping redundancies at Studio Liverpool on Friday the 29th of January 2010, with the obvious casualties being from the team that created the recently completed the WipEout HD and Fury titles.

    What does this mean for the WipEout franchise long term?

    Only time will tell - although it's clear that the flagship series was being mothballed for a while anyway, after a relative glut of titles since 2005's WipEout Pure.

    WipEoutZone extends best wishes to everyone affected by this corporate cost-cutting maneuver.
    Not the sort of news either the people at SL wanted to hear or the fans of wipeout or any other SL made game.

    Personally I think it's a power play leveraged by SCEA to get more of their own way over SCEE .
    Last edited by SaturnReturn; 29th January 2010 at 12:13 AM. Reason: Added quotes as there was more text after it - just for clarity.

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    should of layed off the people that work for sony making sl staff redundant, imo they serve no useful purpose.
    Also the bright spark who thought of putting adverts in my game need to get the axe too.

    If a new wipeout game ever comes out it will probally be much different to what we play now.complete overhaul.made more appealing to the larger audience.

    sorry to hear they have been layed off..its sad times we live in.hope they find new work soon to pay the bills.

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    I see a SL staff member is online now,maybe he will comment.

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    Sorry, I resigned from Sony a few weeks before Christmas and started my new job this week.

    All I can do is wish the best to the hard working folks at the studio, and hope tomorrow goes well for all of them.

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    They'll likely have to wait until after a certain date.
    Sony puts a pretty serious gag on their people.
    Unfortunate, but not much can be done about it.


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    it's a sad day and i wish anyone effected by this all the best.

    In terms of the thread title, that must be it for HD Fury.

    complete guess work here, but i would imagine if the studio is meged with another or something similar, hopefully avoiding too many redundancies, Sony would eventually want another Wipeout title, but who remains from the past teams and who is new and what their intentions are could re-shape Wipeout in a big way.

    I expect it will indeed be a while before we get much info on this.

    once again, all the best to anyone effected by this...

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    NNNNNNNNNNooooooooooooooo!

    Beyond words, though I think a lot of us saw this coming for miles...

    Still. (#*$ing Sucks.

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    I sort of expected this after the merger of Evolution Studios and Studio Liverpool and I have a strong gut feeling that this won't be the end of the changes.

    That said, hopefully Nick Burcombe won't be among the layoffs. Then again no one knows aside from the corporate heads at Sony.

    So I don't really know how to feel about this.

    Quote Originally Posted by DawnFireDragoon
    complete guess work here, but i would imagine if the studio is meged with another or something similar, hopefully avoiding too many redundancies, Sony would eventually want another Wipeout title, but who remains from the past teams and who is new and what their intentions are could re-shape Wipeout in a big way.
    I know a lot of people here, not to name names, have been asking for some change in the Wipeout series. But it's way, way too early to predict the future of the series when we don't even know the future of the studio that's been in charge of developing the games since 1995.
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    Very sorry to see this happen, and I wish the best for members of Studio Liverpool

    Maybe not surprising, given the global recession, recent studio mergers, loss of the Formula 1 license and Sony's recent ill fortunes... but still sad.

    This would seem to have the potential to profoundly change the WipEout franchise, given that there was staff continuity from Pure to Pulse to WOHD.
    I am sure that WipEout will live on. TBH I think we have been incredibly lucky to have three titles released over the past five years, given the limited appeal of futuristic racers to the current gaming demographic.


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    On a possible positive note...

    Quantum Redshift 2, finally?

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