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Sony Santa Monica's unannounced new IP has been cancelled, former lead level designer Jonathan Hawkin has confirmed.

The game was reported to be a new sci-fi project headed up by God of War 3 director Stig Asmusson, and had been in development since GoW 3's release in 2010.

Hawkin claims the game was "going to be bad ass" and says that the team was "surprised" by its cancellation.

"Yesterday, I was laid off," he wrote on Twitter. "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. 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.

"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."

Reasons for the game's cancellation have not been revealed.

Confirmation follows yesterday's news that Sony Santa Monica had been hit by layoffs. Around 50 members of staff - including studio veterans - are rumoured to have been made redundant.

The studio's next title has yet to be announced.

Source: @jonathanhawkins

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Very sad news. There must have been some sort of development hell for Santa Monica's title to be cancelled - Their GoW games were consistently brilliant.
Posted 13:10 on 27 February 2014


Its been in dev for 4 years. Imagine your Sony. You take a trip to the studio and its looks unfinished still. Maybe it was on PS3, and they moved it to PS4. If it still needed more time its Sonys job to kill it at the source?

Still its sad obviously especially for a first party, but Sony santa had 5 games in development (I know Order 1886 is one which is more of a colab ) but that's a lot of money in wages etc and currently no games coming out.
Posted 09:43 on 27 February 2014


nyƤh.... what the hell is going on there? Was the Game so bad that sony had to stopt it? I mean, they really need all they can get now, and they have put already a lot of Time (and money I guess) into it.

Sounds just all very weird. I really would like to know what kind of Game it was.
Posted 09:25 on 27 February 2014

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Release Date: 19/03/2010
Developer: In-house
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Genre: Action
No. Players: One
Rating: BBFC 18
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