God Of War Studio Moves To A Huge New Facility
Sony Santa Monica, formerly just Santa Monica Studios, is best known for their God of War titles and is currently working with Ready at Dawn on The Order: 1886. The studio recently relocated to a massive 20-acre facility in Playa Vista.
Speaking to Variety Shannon Studstill, founder and head of Sony Santa Monica, said the space is “four or five times” the size its Santa Monica studio.
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The studio also serves as an incubator for indie developers who can use the team’s knowledge in creating their game. Examples of this include thatgamecompany (Journey, Flower) and Giant Sparrow (The Unfinished Swan). More recently they’ve taken Ready at Dawn under their wing for The Order: 1886 after the studio had some success with the PSP God of War titles.
The much larger facilities now allow the studio to house two indie developers at the same time, in addition to an “improved sound bay, and a motion capture studio”.
According to Studstill, Sony intends to “drive traffic to that space” in order to “create more of a culture of sharing”.
“With the new space we will have more to offer,” she added, “we’re building on what we know”.
This is great news for Sony Santa Monica and the developers they’ll be assisting in the future. It’s no doubt an integral part of Sony’s push for indie games and to integrate more indie developers into the PlayStation fold.
The only quirk is that the studio is now in Playa Vista and no longer in Santa Monica. Sony Playa Vista? Well, that sounds awfully familiar. Sony could always have the place renamed to PlayStation Vista.