Sony Santa Monica moving on to "other projects"

God of War: Ascension developer to finish producing DLC and work on other projects.

Developer Sony Santa Monica has announced its intention to wrap up work on God of War: Ascension multiplayer in order to move on to "other projects".

The news was posted on the official PlayStation Blog alongside the latest updates for the God of War: Ascension multiplayer mode. Sony Santa Monica confirmed it would not be creating any additional downloadable content for God of War: Ascension multiplayer as the "primary team resources start to transition" to other plans.

Downloadable content to be ceased will include maps, weapons, armours, and marks. Sony Santa Monica has stated that multiplayer support for God of War: Ascension has not ended, and that it will release a balance update and a digital download version of God of War: Ascension on PSN in the future.

The digital version of God of War: Ascension has a release date of October 15, with other regions "to follow soon after". Additional release details are available from the God of War website.

Following the game's digital release, players will be able to download the God of War: Ascension soundtrack for a limited time and purchase DLC items with "special pricing options".

For more on the game, check out GameSpot's review.

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Zorine “harli” Te is a long time Australian competitive gamer and also an Associate Editor at GameSpot.

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ravientia
ravientia

God of War is one of the reasons why I picked up a PlayStation 2. The series is so great - but I can see why some people think the setting is getting stale.

Branching out is always a good option - I'm sure Santa Monica will do just fine.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

Hopefully Sony Santa Monica will be working on a new IP. They are a talented bunch and I would like to see them move on from God of War. I really enjoy the series, but it is time for a much needed break.

Snakepond1
Snakepond1

Please move as far away from GOW as possible. The game is dead and the series is over. 

mikami_within
mikami_within

Thank you, sweet baby Jesus.  Kratos was awesome but has gotten stale.  Still can't bring myself to play ascension out of lack of interest. I'd like to see santa monica try their hand at a horror title.  I think they'd make a good one.

PuppetKutaro
PuppetKutaro

The God of War games are great fun, but the setting is getting stale. They need to move on from Greek mythology to something else. A Norse setting would be great!

ravenous123
ravenous123

I'd like to see God of War 4 on ps4 then that's it, close the curtain and move on

denhoffi
denhoffi

Well I hope they already did work on something else and that this team just got bigger now, because if they just start now to develop a PS4 and don't have a concept yet then it will probably take like 2-3 years until we see another game from them....sigh

Truth_Hurts_U
Truth_Hurts_U

GOW with multiplayer was a stupid idea. The SP suffered for it.

kingcrimson24
kingcrimson24

they did the right thing , the original trilogy was amazing but ascention ..... meh :/ 
can't ait to see what they will pull out on ps4 

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

God of War 3 was an incredible game. It is just stunning how quickly a franchise can fall if Ascension was any indication. Really hope they leave God of War and move on to something new. Or a Norse mythology spin to the series gameplay will also be interesting.

sargentpsgamer
sargentpsgamer

One day people will learn to make Single Player DLC and quit wasting resources on tacked on mulitplayer.... So dumb to tack on multiplayer then attempt to milk that instead of the core game.....

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

It's going to be The Last Guardian.

quinten488
quinten488

The digital version will probably be 30-40 gigs, freakin demo was 3.7 gigs.

j_kizi
j_kizi

@PuppetKutaro Yeah Norse Mythology would be epic. If not they could also try Egyptian Methology. 

Deadlysyns87
Deadlysyns87

@ravenous123 i wouldn't the story is over with no gods or titans to bring Krato's back from the fall and the stab wound the Cliffhanger is not a Cliffhanger but his death 

denhoffi
denhoffi

@ravenous123 I think it's going to happen at some point but it would be better if they took a break from it and made a couple of other games an then after a few years came back to it.

Snakepond1
Snakepond1

God of War needs to just stop period. Gears I could live with another sequel because I love the horde feature in those games.

IgOr2099
IgOr2099

@mexetudo13 @PuppetKutaro In GOW3 they hinted at a lot going on behind the scenes. First off -  every god kratos kills sets off one of the deadly plagues (locusts, floods, etc) and Athena talks about an afterlife that is beautiful and heavenly. This mirrors the way Christianity grew as a cult out of Greece and by the time of rome, helped to overthrow that government and religion (helped, not the reason why but contributed) Athena through out the game though seems vested in the outcome, she needs the fully charged blades, she demands for them to be given to her. What does a SPOILERS -- ghost --  END SPOILERS need with blades, why does she care?

This all says to me that there is more to the story that needs to be told, then Kratos disappears. We don't know if he falls (probably did) but as a god, and killer of gods, and overpowered bad mother, who's' to say that he could've died, especially after being killed, twice and fighting his way out of hades, and all the other stuff that's punched him and he still lived... he easily could've survived whatever was left after GOW3

Deadlysyns87
Deadlysyns87

@mexetudo13 @PuppetKutaro why because he fell off a cliff into turbid waters with a huge hole in his stomach he is dead there is no one left to bring him back. Zeus freed him from the Underworld in the first one then Gaia and last but not least he didn't actually die in GOW 3's beginning so now let me ask you this. How can a guy who was barely strong enough to pull himself over to the sea possibly survive being in the waters when they would bash him against the cliff. Not to mention he has a giant hole in his Stomach which is slowly killing him. They did it that way so we didn't have to see a disgraced body of our "hero" he is dead and done after 3 its common sense but not many people get that they call it a cliffhanger. It is not a Cliffhanger

Rooten
Rooten

@Deadlysyns87 he's god of war, so god = don't die mouhahah!!! and we don't really know what happened at the end of GOW3, no one knows what happened to Kratos so.... maybe he is dead, maybe he is not and anyways....will never know!

Deadlysyns87
Deadlysyns87

@mexetudo13 @Deadlysyns87 its just Common sense he is dead why else would they put off God of war 4 and who else is he going to fight and if you think someone Could have Saved him please tell me who the fact is the evidence supports my theory more then it does yours so for now mine is fact where as yours is speculation. He is dead until God of war 4 comes out if it ever does so i think that would make my theory more likely not to mention they said they are starting new Ip's 

mexetudo13
mexetudo13

@Deadlysyns87 Please don't use your opinion as if it was fact. Nothing you said has been confirmed.

You choose to think he died. I think someone could have saved him. Once again, Opinion =/= Fact