Sony Liverpool may be no more, after being closed last August, but from the ashes of the developers responsible for WipEout comes Sawfly Studios, who announced their presence this afternoon via a slightly sparse but interesting enough website and a few Twitter mentions.
There’s no information yet on what Sawfly’s first title might be (or even what platform) other than they are currently pitching their own brand new IP alongside something for publishers Ripstone – but we do know that the studio is formed from four ex-Liverpool developers, so hopefully we can expect some real quality down the line.
The team is comprised of Mike Humphrey, Karl Jones, Andrew Jones and artist Jon Eggelton, who says that Journey and LIMBO are “the kind of experiences that we want to create ourselves.”
“As soon as news went out about the studio closure we were all approached by large developers regarding new jobs,” says Sawfly Managing Director Mike Humphrey.
“To be honest, our first instinct was to take positions with those relatively secure companies. However, the more we thought about it the more we realised that we had something more to contribute to the games industry. We knew that the only way to make our own games, exactly the way we wanted to make them, was to start our own studio.”
“At Sawfly we want to create amazing and memorable gameplay experiences under our own terms, so that’s exactly what we’re doing.”