Sony Santa Monica Cancels New IP


Along with the news that Sony’s Santa Monica studio was laying off employees as part of a company-wide restructure comes the news that the new IP that the studio was working on has also been canned.

In a series of tweets, former lead level designer Jonathan Hawkins talked about his feelings on the closing.

“Yesterday, I was laid off. 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. I’ve been awoken from my dream, but soon I will fall into a gentle slumber. My Vishnu skills will become better from this & I’ll dream again”

According to the website VGLeaks, the new IP was a Sci-Fi themed game, and was scheduled to be unveiled at this year’s E3.


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