Rumor Alert: Evolution Studios to Keep WipEout Alive

Source: WipEout PlayStation Gameplay | Wikipedia

It was reported that Sony will be handing over the WipEout IP to the U.K. developer Evolution Studios. The series appears to have come to an end with the closure of fellow Sony studio and creator Studio Liverpool last month.

However, there were claims that the IP will live on. In fact, WipEout 2048 posted an image on its Twitter account with a status update saying that “WE. ARE. ALIVE.”

Studio Liverpool Closes its Doors

Last August, it was reported that Sony’s Studio Liverpool has ceased operations. In relation to this, the Studio’s resources will be put into projects at other studios. According to Sony’s statement:

As part of SCE Worldwide Studios, we do regular reviews to ensure that the resources we have can create and produce high quality, innovative and commercially viable projects in an increasingly competitive market place.

As part of this process, we have reviewed and assessed all current and planned projects for the short and medium term and have decided to make some changes to our European Studios. It has been decided that Liverpool Studio should be closed.

Studio Liverpool is known as the driving force behind the WipEout IP. The game is one of the original and most iconic PlayStation titles. The digital releases of WipEout HD and WipEout Fury also enjoyed some success on PlayStation 3.

WipEout on Evolution Studios

A source close to the situation revealed that MotorStorm creators Evolution Studios will assume control of the franchise. However, there are contradicting reports, saying that Evolution is not the new developer for the title.

Regardless, it is unclear how it could leave an impact to the game developer’s future MotorStorm titles. An official statement is yet to be released. As for Sony’s reaction about the news, it responded with “no comment.” Whether Evolution Studios will take over WipEout or not, its fans will remain stronger and will keep the game alive. As posted on their official Facebook Page:

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.

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