God of War developer confirms lay-offs

Tuesday, 25th February 2014 22:13 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Sony Computer Entertainment America has confirmed a round of lay-offs at its Santa Monica Studio.


In a statement issued to IGN, SCE America confirmed lay-offs rumoured earlier today:

“SCEA can confirm that we have completed a reduction in workforce at Santa Monica Studio. This is a result of a cycle of resource re-alignment against priority growth areas within SCE WWS,” a representative wrote.

“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.”

No firm numbers have bandied about so it’s hard to judge the extent of the cuts, but IGN’s sources suggest at least one project was cancelled as part of the re-alignment process.

SCE Santa Monica Studio is best known for God of War, but it also incubates indie developers and works with external teams, resulting in games like Flower, Journey, Hohokum, The Unfinished Swan, The Order: 1886 and the PixelJunk series.

It’s one of SCE Worldwide Studios’ key teams, lending technology and expertise to other studios including The Last Guardian developer Team Ico.



  1. Delsin Row

    they are the biggest and important studio for sony. sony always take the suggestion of them.
    im sure they wiil be fine. i trust them like my eyes :D

    #1 7 months ago
  2. Delsin Row

    @Delsin Row edit= will

    #2 7 months ago
  3. super3001

    MS twitter say they looking to hire SSM staff.

    Good to know somebody care.

    #3 7 months ago
  4. AppleRedX

    “they are the biggest and important studio for sony. sony always take the suggestion of them.”

    Yeah. Big. Important … and Sony still doesn’t care a shit about the people.
    There is also a project canceled at SSM, maybe the new IP they are rumored to wok on.
    Greatness waits.

    #4 7 months ago
  5. kingy

    I’m sure sony know what they are doing ,good luck to people who where afected ,really hope it’s not the big new ip that was canceled really want a new game from ssm as good as god of war is and was I think it’s time for a change

    #5 7 months ago

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