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Wipeout developer returns as Firesprite

Friday, 6th December 2013 01:48 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Core members of Sony Liverpool have formed a new studio called Firesprite, keeping the Psygnosis torch alight.

IGN reports Firesprite was founded by five members of the team once known as Psygnosis after the renamed SCE Liverpool was shuttered by Sony.

Managing director Graeme Ankers said the studio came about “organically” because the team knew it “wanted to carry on making great games”. 15 of Firesprite’s 20 staff are Studio Liverpool veterans, and the five founding members of Firesprite have experience with every piece of PlayStation hardware to date, but Ankers said the new studio is independent and not necessarily tied to Sony platforms.

Firesprite’s first job was collaborating on The Playroom, the PS4′s free PlayStation Camera sandbox, and it’s now working on a mysterious new project which it isn’t ready to reveal.

“We have been working hard on creating a new game engine and tool chain that allows us to put the creative power in the best hands – the artists and designers,” technical director Chris Roberts said.

“That puts us in a great position delivering the best experiences for players. It also allows us to get our games running on multiple platforms including mobile – so we can deliver platform specific features that make the best games.”

Studio Liverpool dates back to 1984; it was founded as Psygnosis and was one of Britain’s most interesting publishers. Sony purchased and renamed it in 1993, after which it doubled down on racing games, particularly Wipeout. Ankers isn’t yet sure whether the new team will pursue Psygnosis’s back catalogue.

“I don’t know where this journey is going to take us. Ultimately, we love these games, but the decision isn’t ours. Wipeout is a special game. Its soul comes from Liverpool’s development history,” he said.

Thanks, Polygon.

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7 Comments

  1. stalepie

    kick some ass!@!@

    #1 12 months ago
  2. mistermogul

    Good to know some of the Psygnosis crew are still together.

    #2 12 months ago
  3. saucymonk

    Good news indeed. Can’t wait to see what these guys can do with PS4

    #3 12 months ago
  4. TERMINATOR-SSD

    gr8 news, im happy for them…… but i still wish a WipeOut game would come to PS4 from the original guys, i can still dream, maybe Sony will ask Firesprite to make it lol

    #4 12 months ago
  5. FabioPal

    The world needs developers like them. Good luck guys!

    #5 12 months ago
  6. foofly

    How about a cross platform anti-grav racer?

    #6 12 months ago
  7. Cort

    Dumbest mistake Sony made this year was not ensuring there was a successor to the mind-blowing WipEout HD on PS4 at launch.

    #7 12 months ago

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