It was a sad week for PlayStation fans last week. The employees at Sony Santa Monica (the studio behind the God of War franchise) were all laid off, and while this in itself is tragic (too many employees in the video game industry are being laid off lately), it seems as if we have also lost the chance to play a sci-fi epic written by one of the writers of Battlestar Galactica.
According to ex-Sony Santa Monica employee Jonathan Hawkins, the new IP had been in development, ”since God of War 3,”, and the entire team transitioned to work on it after the release of God of War: Ascension.
"Yesterday, I was laid off. It was a good 10-year run and I got to make three 90+ games. I lived the dream and got to accomplish all of my goals. Except one... making something out of nothing and creating a new AAA IP. Secondly, the pain that I feel for my friends who have lost their jobs. The saddest and 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.”
At the helm was Stig Asmussen, whom worked as the art director for the bulk of the God of War franchise before becoming the game director for God of War 3. With the entire team working on the new IP, one thing is certain: Sony Santa Monica was cooking up a sci-fi epic that we would have never forgotten. To have the entire team working on the game, placing its entire attention on the game, that says something truly wonderful: that this was a game that was going to put Sony Santa Monica on the map once again. They were going to branch out and become more than the company responsible for the God of War franchise.
Essentially, it sounds as if they were going to reinvent themselves for the next console generation, but unfortunately, we will never truly know exactly what they had in mind and how stunning the game would have been.
Here’s to what could have been, Sony Santa Monica. May all of the ex-employees at the legendary studio land on their feet and find new jobs sooner rather than later.
Article by - Dusty W.
Insert Date: 3/10/2014