God of War 3 game director leaves Sony Santa Monica Studio

Wednesday, 19th March 2014 11:08 GMT By Dave Cook

God of War 3′s game director Stig Asmussen is confirmed to have left Sony Santa Monica Studio.

A statement sent to IGN simply reads, “SCEA can confirm that Stig Asmussen is no longer with Santa Monica Studio.”

Asmussen moved from Midway to Sony Santa Monica after four years at the company, and then worked on all entries to the core God of War trilogy. He was rumoured to have been working on the studio’s new – possibly sci-fi – title under the supervision of Cory Barlog. His departure follows a string of lay-offs at the company.

Recent reports suggest the mystery game was due to be unveiled at E3 2014 before it was cancelled.

What do you make of the above?

Via Eurogamer.



  1. Legendaryboss

    Another one bites the dust. All these major people leaving one after the other.

    Life goes on.

    #1 9 months ago
  2. papizdano

    Corey balrog ? What a great last name

    #2 9 months ago
  3. kingy

    Something is going bad at sony ,a lot of talent is leaving or abandoning ship …?

    #3 9 months ago
  4. Mike W


    Oh stop it, developers come and go all the time.

    #4 9 months ago
  5. Nfanboy

    What the hell is going on in Sony studios in the US ?

    #5 9 months ago
  6. MrSec84

    Has anyone actually confirmed that these people leaving particular studios at Sony have actually left Sony Worldwide Studios?

    I notice the hate games like Uncharted used to get from the Xbox Fanboys, but as soon it’s stated Amy Hennig’s leaving Naughty Dog they jump on the bandwagon of wanting her at Microsoft Studios, I guess it just goes to show that Sony knows talent when it comes to their game developers.
    Just because she left Naughty Dog that doesn’t mean she hasn’t gone somewhere else within Sony’s Studios.

    Same goes for Jack Tretton, it was stated that he stood down from his position as CEO of Sony America, not that he’s left Sony as a whole.

    Until confirmation has been given that these people have actually left Sony, they’ve only left the studio they were assigned to in the first place.

    #6 9 months ago
  7. ddtd

    @MrSec84 – Well as far as Trenton is concerned; you don’t step down from a position like his unless you’re looking to move up in the corporate ladder somewhere else. If he was being promoted within Sony, he wouldn’t have left his position until the promotion was announced.

    However, that’s not to say that Trenton’s departure means anything bad for him or Sony.

    Mike W mentioned a few posts up that developers leave studios all the time. This is even more so when it comes to these upper management corporate jobs. A lot of times companies do not–or rarely–promote from within, especially to the very high ranking positions. The idea is to get talent from outside the company in order to bring in new ideas. Therefore, some people hit a ceiling where they work, and have to step off and climb up somewhere else.

    #7 9 months ago

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