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Sony Santa Monica Canceled A New IP As Part of Recent Layoffs

It was revealed yesterday that God of War developer Sony Santa Monica had undergone a significant round of layoffs, removing as much as 50 to 60 employees. At the same time, it was reported that the studio also canceled an unannounced project in the process. Now it looks as though this bit of news has been confirmed. The studio’s former lead level designer Jonathan Hawkins explained in a series of tweets that a new IP is no longer in the works, though he can’t reveal anything more than that.

“Yesterday, I was laid off. It was a good 10 year run & I got to make three 90+ games. I lived the dream & got to accomplish all of my goals. Except one… making something out of nothing & creating a new AAA IP,” Hawkins said on Twitter.

“The saddest part of waking up today is I no longer get to work with my family. Secondly, the pain that I feel for my friends who have lost their jobs,” he added. “The saddest & most important part is the game I was creating for the player that will never be played. I’m sorry that I’ve failed you.”

Stig Asmussen, who served as game director for God of War III, was reportedly also the director behind this new project, and was his idea in the first place. Hawkins also stated that the game has been in development since God of War III all the way back in 2010.

Santa Monica is currently supporting Ready at Dawn with development on Playstation 4 exclusive The Order: 1886. It’s also reportedly working on yet another unannounced project that is being led by veteran game designer, and former God of War II director, Corey Barlog.

Hawkins noted that the studio did not see these lay-offs coming saying, “We were surprised too.”



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