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First-party firm plans to blow minds
Congratulates Sony Santa Monica
At this point we all know that Sony's first party studios have great relationships with one another, sharing tech and support whenever they can. In particular, Horizon: Zero Dawn and Killzone developer Guerrilla Games is always quick to react to a new game's launch, and the Dutch studio's done it again with the...
Project is well into production
God of War maker Sony Santa Monica is hiring in a big way for its in production PlayStation 4 exclusive game. A sponsored post on Gamasutra reveals that it's looking to add 50 people to its already sizeable team, as it moves to complete work on a project that's well into production. It's highly likely that this is...
Sao Paulo to Santa Monica
While we complain about bugs and pre-order campaigns, it's easy to forget that hundreds of people contribute to the creation of a single game. This new video series from Sony Santa Monica aims to put the spotlight on the stories of individuals from within the storied studio, with senior staff character artist Rafael...
Black Swan: The Game?
The web is awash with GIFs of a new game from Sony Santa Monica, which will presumably be officially announced at PlayStation Experience this week. The animated images – which popped up on Twitter, Facebook,
Dark side of the Earth
Every other site in existence is about to report on this, so we may as well join in on the fun: Sony Santa Monica's cancelled PlayStation 4 exclusive was supposedly called Darkside. Not to be confused with a similarly named ex-THQ title, the game was being worked on by God of War II
First-party firm plans to blow minds
Sony Santa Monica, the micro-publishing arm and premier development team within SCEA, has "lots of cool stuff on the way" – and we're assuming that it's not just referring to Everybody's Gone to the Rapture and Fat Princess Adventures. Speaking on the latest episode of Conversations with Creators, the firm...
Coming of age
Sony Santa Monica is now some 15 or so years old. The first-party developer has evolved into a mini-publishing arm for PlayStation, both producing internal blockbusters and collaborating with external developers on exclusive projects. And that means that it has an enormous portfolio, spanning everything from God of War and Twisted...
"The more players we can bring in, the better for everyone"
God of War III Remastered was announced for the PlayStation 4 this week, and it represented one re-release too many for owners of Sony's next-gen system. We saw a small – but fair – backlash on this very website, but there was a more hostile response elsewhere, as the title's debut...
There will only be chaos
Sony Santa Monica has had a crazy year. From the confirmation of the cancellation of its rumoured sci-fi project right through to moving offices, the first-party outfit has definitely entered a new era. And we now know that, in addition to its various external projects,
Sony Santa Monica is a mini-publisher within SCEA, collaborating with external development teams such as Ready at Dawn and Honeyslug. However, it also houses a sizeable internal production division, which up until recently was working on a sci-fi title for the PlayStation 4. Now that that’s been cancelled, though, the question...
And a new office
Sony Santa Monica may be best known for the God of War games, but it’s become something of a micro publisher in recent years. A lot like the Liverpool-based XDev Europe, the developer also incubates external exclusives such as Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture and Journey, so it’s about time that it got a more contemporary logo...
Dropping like flies
Get out a pen and a mug of Horlicks – it's time to play Sony developer departure bingo. Most recently, Sony Santa Monica staffer Seth Killian has decided to jump ship, confirming the news mere weeks after the studio was ravaged with dismissals. The designer was famously involved w
Firm stresses not every project can be a success
Sony Santa Monica was recently struck by the blades of corporate chaos, causing a reduction in staff and consumer disarray in the process. While nothing is certain at the time of typing, it’s thought that
Bungie may be inadvertently to blame
With thousands of years of literature, poetry, paintings, and plays all boasting humanity’s byline, you could argue that it’s impossible to come up with a truly original idea at this point in time. Sony Santa Monica may be ruing that fact right now, as speculation suggests that Activision’s upcoming...
Intergalactic excursion crash lands
Rumours regarding God of War III director Stig Asmussen’s sci-fi property have been rampant since before Kratos’ angry sandals touched the scorching sands of the Desert of Lost Souls. Last summer, Battlestar Galactica writer Michael Angeli teased the title at Comic-Con, noting that he’d been working with...
By Zeus' beard
Sony Santa Monica has been hit by layoffs today, the studio has confirmed. In a statement issued to IGN, the platform holder revealed that the move is a result of “resource re-alignment” and is a decision which it “hasn’t taken lightly”. The firm added that it has offered any affected employees “outplacement services and...
Expanding workforce in the process
The sunny Californian city of Santa Monica may be right at the heart of God of War creator Sony Santa Monica’s name, but the first-party developer has outgrown its current home and is moving south to Playa Vista this summer. The news comes on the back of a massive recruitment drive, which the studio hopes will...
Space to breathe
Sony Santa Monica may be stepping away from the blood stained corridors of God of War and opting for something a little more open on the PlayStation 4. That’s assuming an official job listing contains accurate information on the first-party outfit's long rumoured next generation game, which seeks a level designer with experience...
Blotted out for now
A series of pictorial Tweets from Sony Santa Monica creative director Nathan Gary hinted that both Journey and The Unfinished Swan could be set to make the long trip onto the PlayStation 4 imminently – but the developer has since clarified that th
Sony Santa Monica may be best known for its gory work on the God of War games, but the studio also contributes significantly to Sony’s first-party lineup by working alongside smaller teams such as Q-Games and Giant Sparrow. As a result of its labour, it’s already announced four titles for the PlayStation 4: Flower, flOw,...
And a certain next-gen console, no doubt
Those of you that detest mythical creatures as much Kratos may be disappointed to learn that Sony Santa Monica has wrapped up production on God of War: Ascension’s post-launch content. Seven months after the release of the prequel, company community strategist Aaron Kaufman has revealed that the...
Secret title is not related to God of War
We’ve known for several years that Sony Santa Monica is working on a new title for the PlayStation 4, but the platform holder has kept the release secret during that time. However, the San Diego Comic-Con has provided us with our first hint at the project’s progress, as legendary screenwriter Michael...
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