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Ex-Sony Liverpool Devs Announce New Studio

It’s been almost five months to the day since the sad news of Studio Liverpool shutting down. Four of the developers have now announced a new indie studio working on original IP as well as taking on contracts.

Sawfly Studios Team

The co-founders are pictured above, L-R: Studio Liverpool’s veteran artist Jon Eggelton, lead programmer Andrew Jones and former principle designers Mike Humphrey and Karl Jones. They’ve set up SawFly Studios in Liverpool and are just finishing up their first game, though details are still under wraps.

“As soon as news went out about the studio closure we were all approached by large developers regarding new jobs,” said Sawfly Managing Director Mike Humphrey. “To be honest, our first instinct was to take positions with those relatively secure companies.

Sawfly_logo“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.”

“We take a lot of inspiration from games like That Game Company’s Journey, and Playdead’s Limbo,” said Jon Eggelton. “Each of us had personal and compelling experiences with those games and those are the kind of experiences that we want to create ourselves. We don’t want to tick boxes just to get something out the door.”

I wish them all the best and look forward to seeing the new game. You can stay up-to-date with their work over on the Facebook page or on Twitter