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