Sony Confirms Layoffs at God of War Dev Sony Santa Monica
Sony has confirmed it has laid off an undisclosed number of employees at God of War development studio Sony Santa Monica.
“SCEA can confirm that we have completed a reduction in workforce at Santa Monica Studio,” reads Sony’s statement, released to IGN. “This is a result of a cycle of resource re-alignment against priority growth areas within SCE WWS. We do not take these decisions lightly. However, sometimes it is necessary to make changes to better serve the future projects of the studio. We have offered outplacement services and severance packages to ease transition for those impacted.”
The studio, which is best known for the God of War series and last year released God of War: Ascension, also has incubated Playstation indie titles such as Journey and The Unfinsihed Swan. According to a post on Sony’s Playstation Blog on Jan. 29, the studio was moving from Santa Monica, California, to a new facility in Playa Vista, and also was in the midst of an expansion.
Sony refused to provide any further information when contacted, and instead directed GameFront to the above statement. The publisher hasn’t said how many were laid off from the Santa Monica studio it owns. According to IGN’s report, which cites “reliable sources,” there are “indications that one of the projects the studio was working on has been cancelled alongside this round of layoffs.” It’s also not clear how the layoffs relate to the move to Playa Vista or its expansion.