Psygnosis (now SCE Studio Liverpool) is a British developer founded in 1984, born from the ashes of the short-lived Imagine Software. They cut their teeth on the Home computer scene, particularly on the Amiga, and distinguished themselves with their technical proficiency, generous extras and distinctive cover artwork by Roger Dean (who also provided the company's logo).
They were acquired by Sony in 1993 to ensure a good software lineup for the PlayStation. The studio still retained a degree of independance from Sony, resulting in several ports for the Sega Saturn and one edition of the anti-gravity racing league to the Nintendo 64.
While critical acclaim remained high, several of their later productions were financial disappointment, leading to a full takeover by Sony in 2000. The "Psygnosis" label was phased out and the studio was restructured as "SCE Studio Liverpool" and focused almost entirely on the Wipeout and Formula One series.
Games and franchises created by Psygnosis:
- The Adventures of Lomax
- Assault Rigs
- Bratacas (Their very first game and a combination of Bandersnatch and Psyclapse, Imagine's two eternally delayed projects.)
- Codename: Tenka
- Colony Wars
- Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors (PlayStation port)
- Formula One
- Krazy Ivan
- O.D.T.: Escape... Or Die Trying.
- Team Buddies