Hiring God of War Developer for New Project

Sony’s Santa Monica Studio is currently recruiting staff for an unannounced new “large-scale” project. The developer, who has worked exclusively on the God of War franchise since 2005, is currently seeking key roles for the project, including an Art Director position.

As noted by GameRant, Santa Monica Studio has very recently advertised jobs for its upcoming project and they have absolutely no bearing on God of War Ragnarok as Rafael Grassetti is already serving as Art Director for the upcoming title. Plus, Ragnarok is still tied for a 2022 release, so it’s probably in its final stages of development.

What we know about the new game from Santa Monica Studio

“Join us as we embark on a new journey,” reads the Art Director job description. “Coordinate large teams of artists across multiple fields to fulfill the creative promise for a large-scale new project.” Santa Monica Studio is looking for someone well versed in AAA development. In April 2021, the developer was specifically looking for someone with experience in “fantasy-based” worlds and characters. It has been taking on new projects for new projects since January 2021, after it advertised positions as lead writer and character artist.

It’s unclear if all of these job openings are for the same unannounced project or if Santa Monica Studio has multiple unannounced projects in the works.

Opinion: Santa Monica Studio must go beyond God of War

Zamena writes… Remember the PS2 game Kinetica? That was the last time Santa Monica Studio developed anything internally that wasn’t God of War. With such an incredibly talented team, it’s time for the developer to move beyond the God of War franchise and delve into new IP. Rumor has it that Cory Barlog has been working on a new IP for quite some time, but time will tell what Santa Monica Studio is up to.

In other news, Ghostwire Tokyo was originally conceived as The Evil Within 3, and Sony has said it is taking recent reports of workplace misconduct at Bungie seriously.

[Source: Santa Monica Studio via GameRant]