Sony Santa Monica is working on its "next big franchise", according to comments made by SCEA president Shawn Layden.


Discussing recent conversations surrounding women in the games industry with VentureBeat, Layden explained that it's "something we all take on board as individual corporations. We are best in class - or close to it, certainly - in this industry.

"In the development group we have Shannon Studstill, who runs our whole Santa Monica operation," he continued. "She's going to bring the next big franchise out from there."

While Sony has yet to announce Santa Monica Studio's next project, the studio is currently assisting with development on Everybody's Gone To The Rapture with The Chinese Room and The Order: 1886 with Ready at Dawn.

Layden's comments, however, suggest Santa Monica may be cooking up a new game of its own.

Santa Monica Studio had previously been believed to be working on a sci-fi title headed up by God of War 3 director Stig Asmusson. The project was cancelled earlier in 2014 with Asmusson departing the company in March.

Studstill has previously served as producer on God of War and director of production on God of War 2, Warhawk and Twisted Metal: Head On. She is the current head of Santa Monica Studio. has contacted SCEE for comment.