Battlestar Galactica writer working with God of War dev on new game

Michael Angeli says he has been writing for unannounced game for the past 2.5 years.

Battlestar Galactica and Monk writer Michael Angeli is working with God of War studio Sony Santa Monica on a brand-new game, the TV veteran said during a Comic-Con panel this week attended by Polygon.

Angeli said during the panel that this new project is not a God of War title, but would not give other details about the game because it has not yet been announced.

The writer told Polygon that he has been working on the game for 2.5 years so far and that after God of War: Ascension development wrapped, about 150 staffers moved to the new game.

Previous job listings at Sony Santa Monica suggest the company is working on a shooter with open-world and vehicle combat elements.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and is a big UCONN athletics fan.

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84 comments
lobotomies4free
lobotomies4free

as much as I love God of War I was happy with how 3 ended and I've long wondered what they could do with a new franchise. This will be good

inso-maniac
inso-maniac

should be good by the creators of god of war

buy2playz
buy2playz

Imagine Kratos With Gun...WoW

microvision82
microvision82

isn't it  the order 1886 they've announced at E3?

jameson425
jameson425

As long as it comes out for XBone and PS4 I'll be happy...

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

Looks really promising. I really want Santa Monica Studios to work with a brand new IP, not just God of War (i really like GoW, but diversity is the spice of life).

HaRdNiPs
HaRdNiPs

i loved battlestar galatica and monk so the story at least will be good. but my question is where's stig being that this is the ascension team not 3?

wgerardi
wgerardi

I love God of War 1-3... but I really have no real desire to ever play a new one. Is that weird? Maybe its because Ascension was just so damn uninspired it killed the franchise for me.

Mkeegs79
Mkeegs79

Anything new from Sony Santa Monica would be awesome. I haven't even felt compelled to finish Ascension. They need something new to show off their talent. I am excited if they can get something with a story like BSG that sucked me in each episode anxious to watch the next.

mgsfan104
mgsfan104

I'll just report what I said on GT site: 

This could be promising, the fact that he's been working on it for 2 1/2 years suggest they didn't just hire him for some quick write up to score name appeal. In order for any video game story to be good it has to be developed from the start with the actual game design process. And has to develop and evolve right alongside the gameplay portion. You can't just write a script and be done.

Hence why no matter how many high profile writers COD hires every year the story always turns out to be shit. That's because they develop the levels first and then hire a writer sometime after to craft a story around the levels and set pieces.That does not work and will never work.

MatrixGamer78
MatrixGamer78

what PS3 lacks is a mega hit title Halo so i think this time Sony is about to focus on it and a title like Halo will be most imperative for the success of PS4.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

I expected to see exponentially more hipster-ass BSG hate in these comments. I am disappointed that you people seem to have some redeeming opinions now because your blatantly Sony fanboyism gives me 100% of the reasons I need to hate you otherwise.

Hodax
Hodax

Kratos was a Cylon? Who knew?

Pikdum
Pikdum

Damn I miss BSG...

Caprica too, while we're here.

HexOmega95
HexOmega95

they're working on a open world shooter? god damnit.. why?


blueboxdoctor
blueboxdoctor

Oh yeah, a new game that will likely have an anticlimactic ending that makes no sense in the context of the events of the game.

Pilgrim117
Pilgrim117

It's about time that Santa Monica comes with something new. They are talented and they need to grow beyond GOW.

pcps4dude
pcps4dude

God of War in ....... SPACE!!!!!!

supermoc10
supermoc10

Good to know there doing something new. GoW is great but I'm sure I'm not the only one getting tired of it.

Desmondo123
Desmondo123

@microvision82 That's being made by Ready at Dawn, Sony Santa Monica are just assisting them due to them being relatively small.

Sun-Tzu-GE
Sun-Tzu-GE

@jameson425 Go play your Ryse quick time events ! Xboners aren't worthy of this game !

Daian
Daian

U do realize the company is called SONY Santa Monica, right? As in it will never be on X1.

tmthywtsn
tmthywtsn

@Mkeegs79 BSG was the best Sci-Fi ever, I totally agree. Each episode was written to perfection. Couldn't stop watching. Excited to see what their cooking up for this game.

Sun-Tzu-GE
Sun-Tzu-GE

@MatrixGamer78 A generic FPS that plays the same since the first one came out ? Yeah...I don't think anybody is upset that ps3 doesn't have a game like halo. 

JRLennis
JRLennis

@Pikdum Caprica was actually a good show.  It was a more cerebral TV offering that took risks and dared to break from established formulas.  Caprica's downfall was that many fans of BSG expected another space opera, and people who weren't already invested in the BSG universe lacked the mental fortitude to stick with an unusual show.

I appreciate what Caprica tried to do in an era of dumb and dumber television.  Now, with the notable exception of Continuum, Sy-Fy is worse than ever.  Axing Blood and Chrome out of the gate was Grade-A stupid.  (But then, these are the same people that renewed the godawful Defiance after two episodes, so there you go.)

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@Pikdum I like your comment despite Caprica sucking. Such wasted potential.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@blueboxdoctor You referring to GoW or BSG because both made perfect sense at the end, in their context.

jameson425
jameson425

@Daian I can dream man, I read the article. I'm a huge Battle-star Galactica fan is all...

MatrixGamer78
MatrixGamer78

@Sun-Tzu-GE @MatrixGamer78  

If Sony want to beat Xone and rule out nextgen in US then it needs such a generic FPS because most of US players priority is a game like Halo and a reason why X360 is the best seller in US and if Sony thinks that its JRPGs will be trending in the region then Sony will have to create another mega title like WoW which Sony unfortunately lacks too.  Sony has an only option to win nextgen   

" Either develop Halo or WoW"

blueboxdoctor
blueboxdoctor

@Grenadeh I'm referring to BSG and how after 4 seasons of the main character does some very un-characteristic things that without giving spoilers made the show seem very randomly put together with little to no direction in it plus the writers really underestimated the intelligence of viewers which I found out in interviews after the show finished.

Sun-Tzu-GE
Sun-Tzu-GE

@Grenadeh @blueboxdoctor I think he's talking about BSG.But I liked the ending.The only thing I didn't like about the last season was that (SPOILER ALERT)....................


Kara died and they didn't explain how the fuck she came back.

Sun-Tzu-GE
Sun-Tzu-GE

@MatrixGamer78 @Sun-Tzu-GE PS4 already destroyed xbone.And it's a good thing they don't have a game like halo because I don't want stupid people on the ps 4 ruining my online multiplayer experience.

Sun-Tzu-GE
Sun-Tzu-GE

@Grenadeh@Sun-Tzu-GE@PikdumI thought the writing was very good.For me it was one of the shows which were so good that I couldn't understand why they canceled it.And I also don't understand why BSG fans were disappointed.It had everything that made BSG so great except for the space battles.But it had the same overall dark tone,dealing with morality,politics,religion.And it had a lot of memorable moments.

Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@Sun-Tzu-GE @Grenadeh @Pikdum Ratings and the amount of disappointed BSG fans everywhere would beg to differ. The single cool moment in the show was when cylon zoey fucked the guy up with her own arm. Everything else was terrible writing, good acting.