Sony's planned closure of several projects across its three UK development centres is expected to result in a number of job losses.
The company has three development centres in Britain, one being located in London and the other two in Liverpool and Runcorn. The Evolution studio in Runcorn was purchased by Sony back in 2007. Sony has not specified how many jobs will be affected by its move.
“This decision was made following an internal review of all games, and it was deemed that with the incredibly strong list of exclusive first party titles coming up both this year and in the near future, resources should be focused on the strongest projects,” a Sony representative said in a statement.
The company said that the first party developers affected by its move will continue to remain assets for Sony's development endeavours. It also added that future projects with first party studios will not be affected.
The studio behind popular LittleBigPlanet game, Media Molecule, which is another Sony development centre based in Guildford, has not been affected by the move, Videogamer reports.
Sony's move follows Activision's decision to shut down its Bizarre Studios centre in Liverpool. The former management of Bizarre have however, opened another studio Lucid Games.