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As most of you know Sony shut the doors on SCE Studio Liverpool over a year ago. This move crushed many PlayStation gamers’ hearts, because this studio has had a long and rich history with PlayStation. A recent trademark filed by Sony has me curious about a few things concerning Studio Liverpool’s revival, except this time it seems they may be going back to the studio’s roots. 

Please understand this is all speculation and not fact, all I can confirm is that several days ago Sony filed a trademark for “PSYGNOSIS”, which was once the name of an established developer bought out by Sony before it was rebranded into SCE Studio Liverpool in 2001.

Psygnosis was a highly established developer in it’s glory days, and is responsible for creating series that many gamers still know and love. The big question now is, why is Sony trademarking the term Psygnosis?

I have a couple of theories, and obviously the one most people would want, would be a revival of SCE Studio Liverpool. This would be a great move by Sony to bring something back that gave PlayStation such a rich library in it’s early days. I’m pretty sure this move will also please many hardcore Amiga fans as well.

Another theory is that this could have something to do with Sony’s revival of “Shadow of the Beast”. Shadow of the Beast is one of the early titles responsible for putting Psygnosis on the map as a publishing company. It’s already been said that the PS4 version of Shadow of the Beast is being developed by Heavy Spectrum Entertainment Labs, so it’s hard to see what role Psygnosis would play in this other than licensing.

One last theory is that it has been reported that before SCE Studio Liverpool was shut down for good, they were working on two PlayStation 4 titles. One game is said to have been a motion capture game similar to Splinter Cell, while the other game was said to be a different take on Wipeout. It hasn’t been confirmed if these titles were outsourced to other development studios in Sony’s house, or dropped completely. If Sony were to bring back Psygnosis, this may be the perfect reason to do so.

Here’s a screenshot for those who can not see the listing below. (Thanks Bitbydeath)

Whatever the case is, Sony has for a fact filed a trademark for Psygnosis, and only time will tell what it means to them and for gamers.


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I would love for them to re open it, they just focused way to much on Wipeout before and Wipeout was never really a big franchise.

1080p Occulus Rift Wipeout please. Dropping the game right when the perfect equipment to experience it fully is almost here is a big shame.

think-man said:
I would love for them to re open it, they just focused way to much on Wipeout before and Wipeout was never really a big franchise.

I guess I'm the opposite. I would love for Sony to re-open Liverpool, and I'd like it to continue to focus on Wipeout, which, in my mind, is one of Sony's greatest franchises. 2048 was one of the best yet, making the closure particularly painful.

Good god, I hope so. I can't imagine PS4 without WipEout.

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Well when they closed it, I think they just relocated most of the people to Evolution Studios, so I don't see why they would move them back so soon

Out of the recently closed Sony studios BigBig, Zipper and Studio Liverpool. Shutting down Studio Liverpool was such a shame in my opinion frankly sad, WipeOut was a blast to play though I have yet to get HD fury.

Didn't the majority of Sony Liverpools employees join Evolution Studios? I was under the impression that the PS4 Wipeout was now being developed over at Evolution.

I could have sworn i read this somewhere

I hope so, I would love another Wipeout *_*

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PS4 must have a WipeOut. I'd say it was one if not the best downloadable game released on the PS3. I think though this is just a trademark thing to keep hold of the name and it's assets.

Hmm, pie.