I'm actually assuming the project they kept is God of War 4 by Cory Barlog, since I got the impression that Stig's project was just in pre-production for ages while most of the studio made God of War: Ascension.
It can't have been Corey's game that was cancelled, can it? I mean, they only just re-employed the guy about 8 months ago, so to then squash his project would seem odd. Unless it was still in prototyping stage and Shu didn't like how it was looking? Stig's game must be in development of some kind for over 3 years, so it's probably too far along to cancel. Which leaves what? I mean, they're moving to a bigger property and just had one of those development videos saying how awesome SSM is, so the timing seems odd. Maybe this is out of context and it was an SSM-produced smaller project (a la Sony Smash Bros. or The Unfinished Swan). I dunno. I feel like we need more on this before jumping to conclusions.
I can't see them making another GoW, seeing as how Ascension flopped terribly.Also, unless Stig was one of the members let go I dont believe his project is the one cancelled. My guess is it was a new project that was being worked on by the Ascension team.
So they are growing and building a new building as of Feb 1, but laying people off at the same time?
Got to be one of those trying to be "lean" business tactics...or they are saying eff it after seeing how much it would cost them.
Evolution had better hope Drive Club is a runaway sales success because I'm getting exceedingly confused how they've avoided all the downsizing with once stalwarts like Studio Liverpool disappearing entirely and now the behemoth of SSM getting a hit. Oh and The Last Guardian continuing development of course.
I don't actually understand it at all since SSM are up there with ND, and this was probably a new IP thats been scuppered. Was it one of their joint productions like The Unfinished Swan follow up?
Now 14 years later with 47 games published at this studio here in Santa Monica, it definitely feels like we made the right decision. As we continue our expansion, were preparing to say goodbye to this long-time home, and move into a new cutting-edge facility that will meet the needs of our growing team for the next era of Santa Monica Studio.