A post over on fansite WipEoutZone has revealed that SCEE plans to make a cut in staff at Studio Liverpool with the WipEout HD team rumored to be on the list of redundancies.
“It has been decided that production on a number of projects within Studio Liverpool will cease immediately due to project prioritization,” an SCEE spokesperson told TheSixthAxis (thanks, Mojo).
“Our North West Studio Group has been and will continue to be a vital cog in the Worldwide Studio family, with a history of producing genre defining games such as MotorStorm, WipEout, Formula 1 and World Rally Championship and this decision will have no impact on the role that the North West Studio Group will play in the future of all PlayStation platforms.”
We contacted SCEE to see if we can get a bit more on this, and were given the same statement, however Sony says it’s looking into relocating team members to other studios.
“Should that not be possible, then some redundancies will be necessary,” a spokesperson told VG247, “in those cases, we’ll assist those staff members in any way we can.”
A Blu-ray release of Wipeout HD complete with the Fury expansion was released on PS3 back October 16.
We wish all dealing with this situation nothing but the best at this time.