God of War Studio Suffers Further Layoff

The massively successful God of War series, which performed astonishingly well in both the commercial and critical arenas, was created by a subsidiary of Sony Community Entertainment, Santa Monica Studio. There have recently been a series of layoffs at the studio, now culminating in the confirmed departure of God Of War III’s game director (and art director throughout the trilogy) Stig Asmussen.

The layoffs follow the cancellation of the studio’s planned new IP, which it has been speculated was to be spun off from a ‘secret message’ in God of War: Ascension, reading “When the Earth stops, the journey begins…”. Piecing this nugget together with the involvement in the project of Michael Angeli, TV screenwriter for Battlestar Galactica and Dark Angel, it looked as though some serious sci-fi goings on were headed our way. All confirmed as cancelled in late Februrary, Mr Asmussen is the latest casualty to wash up from the wreckage of Santa Monica Studio’s mysterious sinking ship.

Sam Finch

Sam has been unable to peel his bloodshot eyes and RSI-ridden wrists from the world of gaming since he was first introduced to it, like all good junkies, by his Grandad. From those early days of MegaDrive sweetness, bashing through the throngs of enemies on Shining Force II, his love of all things games has extended upwards and outwards onto a variety of platforms. You can either believe that spiel, or get the real scoop and know that his spaceship actually crashed here some years ago and he is currently incognito as a games writer for Console Monster.

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