In fact, right up until this point we'd assumed the excellent Sony Studio Liverpool were quietly crafting away a new iteration. But whispers over on WipeoutZone and TheSixthAxis suggest that isn't the case.
In fact, WipeoutZone are reporting that close to the entire studio has been closed. A statement from SCEE issued to TheSixthAxis reported:
It has been decided that production on a number of projects within Studio Liverpool will cease immediately due to project prioritization.
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.</blockquote>
Rumblings we've heard suggest there is definitely a new MotorStorm game coming from Evolution Studios, but if Studio Liverpool has now been closed, then what of Wipeout? You can't just stop making a game that good?
Needless to say, we're gutted for those who have lost jobs and wish them the very best in the future. But on a more personal level, we're pining for the Wipeout game that was, presumably, deep in development.
More when we get it.