Sony Interactive Entertainment has just secured a trademark renewal for Psygnosis, the legendary studio that would go on to become Studio Liverpool. However, we wouldn't hold our breath to see the developer reemerge in 2022 — this appears to be a very routine trademark protection move.
Analyst Roberto Serrano spotted the renewal, which covers both the name of the defunct studio as well as its iconic owl logos. If you chart the trademark's history, Sony has been filing for renewal of the brand every 10 years, and this is just the company doing that again. The name and logos are now protected until 2031, when we presume the platform holder will once again renew the trademark.
A revival of the brand or the studio is very unlikely at this stage, but it's worth remembering Psygnosis' importance in the early days of video games and PlayStation. Among many others, the developer brought us Shadow of the Beast, Lemmings, Destruction Derby, WipEout, and G-Police. It was originally acquired by Sony in 1993, and as already alluded, was a key first-party studio that created some real fan favourites.
Are you a fan of Psygnosis / Studio Liverpool? What are your favourite titles from the team? Tell us in the comments section below.
[source trademarks.justia.com, via twitter.com, videogameschronicle.com]
Oooh, Sentient remake?
Psygnosis made some absolute quality games in the 90s. IMO a very important company for SONY back in the day. Such a shame there is so many IPs there that are lost to time. Alundra, Destruction Derby, Discworld etc.
For anyone that cares heres a list.
Shame they are sitting on this as Psygnosis is not only arguably one of the most important names of the 80s and 90s era of gaming but many of the Playstation brands most important early titles was under that banner.
Sony would attract a lot of good will if they did relaunch the brand - and given the size of firesprite, and the number of different titles (in different genres) they are working on; it would be a good way of creating some clear distinction amongst the projects. Sadly i doubt it will happen
@Kidfunkadelic83 Discworld ❤ What a game!
Wow that logo takes me back, their games used to be in nice big boxes with amazing cover art by Roger Dean.
Here's a nice Pinterest selection
Anyone remember that pirate game that they made Overboard? That game was charming as hell
laughs in gen Z
Can't get excited if I don't even know the game.
Being an Amiga owner from the day, I've been only too aware of what a class act they were - and what we lost when short-sighted Sony shut them down.
Their F1 Championship Edition still blows anything from the Codemasters studio on the PS3 out of the water (visually it is still amazing).
And Wipeout will never be the same again - still remembering playing it on the original Playstation back in the day - the amazing graphics and THAT pumping soundtrack.
@Keyblade-Dan "charming as hell" So is that....charming or not?
Such a cool logo too
‘….pfffff…clink clank … BARRBARRIAN!!!….shhhhhh..’
Retro memory 😅
It's a gorgeous logo. I miss the 90s. Gaming's golden age.
Amazing memories, mainly of Amiga gaming before PlayStation, Lemmings, Nitro and Barbarian took hours of my life back in the day, then Destruction Derby & Wipeout on the PS.
I remember that logo when I was playing Shadow of the Beast 3. Completing levels 1&2 then getting confused on the cauldron level.....no internet guides in those days
It doesnt really matter anyway. All key members of Psygnosis (that later morphed into Studio Liverpool before shutting down) reformed as Firespirite...which Sony has just bought. So if you want to get excited about Psygonsis being PS firstparty, they technically are.
The developer that made me love Playstation. How has Colony Wars stayed dormant all these years?
So many classic titles from the Amiga days!
But honestly, if I could revive just one of their titles it would be Motorstorm.
@Medic_Alert Again, a lot of other media outlets are running this story saying Psygnosis is on the cusp of a comeback. We felt it was important to share a little more background and explain that Sony does this every ten years.
People are easily misled with the amount of bad information on the Internet.
Maybe They probably gonna change FireSprite name to Psygnosis key people at that studio worked at psygnosis/Liverpool.
I know this trademark means nothing but I would love to see Colony Wars brought back. I think it would have so much potential these days.
I’d love to see a remaster of G police with updated controls. I bought it for my vita a few years back but it was really difficult due to the contols being really janky
Showing my age,but many happy memories of the Amiga era...Psygnosis games could be a mixed bag back then (eg: SOTB 3 had the best gameplay,but first game helped sell a lot of Amigas just on looks), but sone nice ones ala Agony,Walker etc.,& then heavy hitters like Lemmings 1& 2,Hired Guns etc.👍
Besides Wipeout,loved the Adventures of Lomax (sadly missed the Misadventures of Flink on Amiga/Megadrive),Overboard,& the underrated Colony Wars which was a great in-house match vs EA'/Origin's great Wing Commander games.
Also published the sadly delisted (on EU/AU psn), Alundra which was a great Zelda like ps1 game!👍
Agree @Rob_230 despite the mind bending puzzles, the Discworld games nailed Sir Terry's wonderful books...first was my favourite but Noir & 2 not too far behind!👍
@JJ2 maybe thinking of the Palace Barbarian game? 🤔(Where you'd lop opponent heads off & a little goblin would kick it off screen?) Great fun on C64 too! Psygnosis Barbarian was a mouse driven 2D arcade adventure game,never played it but heard it was pretty hard!
@4kgk2 I think that would be a good idea - the name Psygnosis just has so much more clout and heritage than Firesprite (who?)
Worth it for the logo alone!
The return of Drakan would be nice!
Colony Wars and G-Police - two of my favourites back in the day. Top studio.
I hadn't realized Sony owned them since '93. One of my most defining SNES titles, Lemmings, was a Sony game. Who knew my connection to Sony games went back before PS1?
The brand reminds me the Megadrive port of the Shadow of the Beast, that I really love. One can dream with a metroidvania pixelart remake (maybe wih some art from Roger Dean). This also reminds me of the excellent album "Fly by Night" from Rush.
@JJ2 Maria Whittaker. Teenage me remembers this.
@Marquez i would love remakes, sequels to these 2.
@Jtheripper Imagine G-Police - for PSVR2...!
Many fond memories playing their games on the Amiga back in the day. Nitro, Awesome and shadow of the beast all come to mind!
Oh no it’s another one. Actually one of my fav games on my Amstrad CPC. I’d chop off my brother’s head every time 😅
Two different barbarian games.
A different game from palace software. I loved it.
The sequel was rubbish though.
@NEStalgia Worth noting that for Lemmings, Psygnosis only published if, that was developed by DMA, who later made GTA 1 & 2. GTA 3 was made by most of the same people after Take 2 bought DMA and created Rockstar Games, which is why you'll see both logos on some editions of GTA 3
@theheadofabroom ahh, interesting. A little depressing that lemmings was made by the GTA team though, lol.
@JJ2 Yep,I know the Palace version of Barbarian very well! Original C64 box i owned had pt.A on both sides of the disk,so never got to Drax's castle Pt.B until I got it again via Ocean's "The In Crowd" compilation...& learned what a bugger Drax was to beat!😱 Worth it for the ending!😋😂
Sony did Psygnosis dirty.
Microsoft and EA are where studios usually go to die, but Sony killed a whole publisher. Shameful!
I do miss Psygnosis. They made lots of good games in the PS1 era.
I want to recall Rollcage as well. Which Sony also forgot. Thankfully caged element went and did it by themselves with Grip. But, with Sony publisher support and the brand it would've been so much more.
I imagine we've seen the last of wipeout as well. They have been re-releasing 2048 and HD fury on all systems. HD Fury was already a port of the psp games.
Ooohh a remake of blood money...one of my fave shoot em' ups from them..classic game and brilliant couch co-op to boot..
@NEStalgia Eh, I find it more of a thing of "look how broad a variety studios used to make". There's also the fact that Lemmings was one of the first games DMA made from scratch (as opposed to ports) back when it was just a handful of people in a room, whereas GTA was one of the last, at a long where they had hundreds across several buildings. There's a noclip documentary about DMA, if you're interested
@theheadofabroom Technically it is cool. I just have a soft spot for Lemmings. It still holds up, ugly as it is, today as something utterly unique and memorable. GTA is...well....GTA.... Though the first two are quite different from what it is after that.
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