Yet another senior PlayStation designer leaves Sony

Inspired by the burgeoning indie scene, Seth Killian quits God of War developer Sony Santa Monica to do his own thing.

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Killian (left) with American Idol winner Taylor Hicks

The list of senior game designers opting to leave Sony for something new continues to grow. Sony Santa Monica game designer Seth Killian announced on Twitter that he has left God of War developer Sony Santa Monica to do something new.

His departure from Sony is the latest in a string of high-profile exits from the company, including Driveclub director Col Rodgers, Infamous: Second Son lead designer Jaime Griesemer, and God of War series veteran Stig Asmussen.

"Hi guys, I chose to leave my Sony family back in December and on great terms," Killian said. "I was inspired by their amazing indies to do my own thing."

Killian made clear that his departure from Sony Santa Monica does not mean the company's game lineup is anything to worry about.

"You'll see the games I had the privilege to work on at Sony soon--[Sony Santa Monica] has a STELLAR lineup coming," he said. "As for what I'm up to, stay tuned…"

Killian, a fighting game veteran who previously worked at Capcom, joined Sony Santa Monica in summer 2012. At Sony, Killian worked as lead game designer for the company's external group, working on games like The Unfinished Swan, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, and Sound Shapes, among others.

You can read more about Killian in our interview.

Sony Santa Monica has seen better days. Last month, Sony cut jobs at the studio and even canceled a new IP in development. The company is currently collaborating with Ready at Dawn on The Order: 1886 and is working on a super-secret project with God of War co-creator Cory Barlog.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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Discussion

175 comments
X-RS
X-RS

Jesus console war bs is REALLY ANNOYING PLEASE STOP THANK YOU!!!

It'd be nice to see an indie fighter that isn't all loli fighters dont let me down Seth >_>

zpluffy
zpluffy

no one wants to work with sony or something. Whats up with that?

chev9342
chev9342

Don't worry Eddie, I'm sure your next troll article about Nintendo will make every drones think that your god - Sony - is in tip-top shape.

xgalacticax
xgalacticax

He left before they had the chance to lay him off.

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

Good riddance. Now he'll be able to make generic faceless games on his own.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Eddie, please stop making articles whenever someone at some company leaves.  This happens weekly.

sleepyinmorning
sleepyinmorning

I'll be selling my ps4 for xb1 anyway,so it doesn't matter,afterall I don't pay for playstation graphic card and I will buy a ps4 again in 2015 if they have better games than MS then or it will be 2016,hopefully, because looks like a lot of cut in expenditure is being made

What is worth knowing is that whether it is beingare to make more games or the situation is worse than that of

Ayebang
Ayebang

Sony makes losses on game division, particularly on Vita

elaisse2
elaisse2

The xbots are riding the ponies off a cliff, enjoying the show.

gamist
gamist

Any of you guys work in the gaming industry? Because I would've done the same thing. All I need is a programmer. Look at the indie games like Minecraft, Candy Crush, etc. You could be making millions on your own (or with friends) on an indie game than making $60k+. Get the picture?


elaisse2
elaisse2

These guys just do not want to be caught up in the sinking ship that is sony, and have it tarnish their records.

xtimmy1
xtimmy1

I'd hate to be the one that bought a playstation.

enoughofthis
enoughofthis

nothing wrong with new blood coming in and shaking things up


sort of like professional teams..and how they let players go....i don't think teams would be successful if you kept the same players around forever

Merseyak
Merseyak

there all going indie xbone will be sold and so will playstation people just want casual indie now facts

khuzko
khuzko

"people come and go, doesn't change the fact that Sony is the best there is, the best there was and the best there ever will be."


-Bruce Lee 4600p

jedicommand7
jedicommand7

Designers are leaving Sony, executives are leaving Microsoft. Surely this has been going on at these places before now. It's not that big of a deal. It allows people to be promoted, and maybe new studios formed to create new games and franchises.

adsparky
adsparky

I think they have the same problem as the ones that works at nintendo, they want to make new "original" games, but the CEO's and investors just want easy money, you know: "don't fix it if it hasn't broken yet"; So, when one have the guts to leave, they flock behind him/her like it's now or never.

willjohnboy
willjohnboy

@chev9342 to be fair eddie's an equal opportunity article troll editor he's got to earn his paycheck somehow.

jazilla
jazilla

@Bellum_Sacrum  You do realize the character "Seth" in Street Fighter 4 is named for Seth Killian? Do you also realize that the character "S. Kill" in Dive Kick is also Seth Killian? Not only is he a great fighting game player, he is a great designer and has also helped Evo become the best fighting game tourney as he does announcing for it as well. 


Your good riddance comment reeks of lack of knowledge and trolling just to troll. If you are going to troll at least do your homework first or read the article. He left to make his own games. You know, go into business for himself so that he is in charge of how much money he can make instead of being at a corporation and not being fully in charge of his own professional life.

notfrylock1987
notfrylock1987

@sleepyinmorning  


So you'll get rid of your PS4 to get a X1...but will buy a PS4 again when the big games come out?

How about you just put 50 bucks away each week for a month and a half and just grab the X1/Titanfall Bundle instead? that way you'll have both system and save yourself $400 in the future?

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

@gamist Its a gamble. Tons of games fall through the cracks. For every flappy bird there was hundreds of failures.

Merseyak
Merseyak

@elaisse2  love the xbots you do know there is already talk and call for xbone to be sold right?

strikeTact
strikeTact

@djentmaven  They want this page to be full of xbox one fans saying stupid things like "the doom clock is ticking"

Nyrex
Nyrex

@djentmaven  It said he chose to leave in December, It doesn't say he left in December. 


He only made the announcement yesterday!

SgtSilock
SgtSilock

@jedicommand7 Its gamespot and their sensationalist headlines, "yet another.." the idiots.

CaptainHerlock
CaptainHerlock

@jedicommand7 I think this feeds more into the idea that "gamers" have, that the industry is not a normal business, and is "different because it's video games".

deathrow3883
deathrow3883

@adsparky  Sony is typically the opposite of that...allowing devs to make games that they know won't have overwhelming critical success or may be considered potentially risky.  There are more niche titles on PS platforms.  Of course this type of landscape could eventually lead to issues...

CaptainHerlock
CaptainHerlock

@adsparky Or the best time to leave is when you're having success, and that way you're more desirable.

sleepyinmorning
sleepyinmorning

@notfrylock1987 nope i am not saying that is a bad idea but owning one console now and other when price drops is better,i mean i fin no reason to own a ps4 for time being,i like some of indies though like transistor and rime but that's not enough and its not like MS has bad indie games this year,they are pretty cool too

C_A_G_E
C_A_G_E

@bunchanumbers @gamist  With his experience he can get another job quick. If he has the connections to try and do something, he can gamble a little. 


Gamist is correct.  

adsparky
adsparky

@CaptainHerlock @adsparkyThat could also be a reason, but they're not being successful, sony is the one that is making profit... maybe; so I also think that they can leave now when the Big men are happy with the sales and wouldn't harass them for leaving.

TheRealBigRich
TheRealBigRich

I know what you mean that's why I just have the x1 now. I knew the games I would want to play early on was TF, Forza and KI but I definitely want to play uncharted and driveclub whenever they come out

tjkraz
tjkraz

@C_A_G_E @bunchanumbers @gamist  Depends upon expectations.  If you're just looking for another corporate job, skills and experience go a long way.  


But success as an indie developer is HARDLY guaranteed.  Like @bunchanumbers said, for every major phenomenon there are literally hundreds of apps that never made a ripple on the pond.  Looking at the entire PS3 / PS4 / Xbox / Vita landscape, how many indie titles have been published and how many do you own?  


Indie development requires months of work with no compensation incoming.  And even when the game launches, you need sales to make money.  


I've been self employed for 10 years now.  Overall it has been very rewarding--both personally and financially--but there are many hardships to be overcome.  And many people have failed miserably in similar attempts.  

notfrylock1987
notfrylock1987

@grenadehh @Merseyak @elaisse2  

M.S really can't afford to ether...seeing as how their stocks plummeted after the whole NSA Scandal, the PS4 is still outselling the X1 and Windows 8 being a colossal failure its first month in, with them already working on Windows 9 to fix their fuck up.

Merseyak
Merseyak

@grenadehh @Merseyak @elaisse2  haha love it you think there going to tell the drones there in trouble so you all run away not a chance you will go down with that ship

strikeTact
strikeTact

@elaisse2 @strikeTact  I hope you are not an xbox one lover, because then you don't make any sense, if your a pc guy then I sorta understand where you are going with this.

adsparky
adsparky

@CaptainHerlock @bunchanumbers@adsparkyIndeed, but it's more common that they stay in a team until their contract finishes or if they get a better deal with another team, here I don't see the other team, they are just leaving. BTW, your reply remembered me when Jordan, Pippen and Rodman, along with the coach left the Chicago Bulls after winning another championship; and that was practically the end of the chicago bulls.

CaptainHerlock
CaptainHerlock

@bunchanumbers @CaptainHerlock@adsparkyI can tell you've never done anything creative, because if you had then you would understand that creative people NEED to "create". Just stagnating is not benefiting for them. I know that the typical gamer mantra is "Creativity is a myth, however that is the very reason we're debating this. So it's only natural they'd look for a situation that would allow them that freedom.

I take it that none of you are sports fans either, because it's not uncommon for a star player to leave a championship team at the height of his career. Same with a coach.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

@adsparky @CaptainHerlock A lot of these departures are under less than ideal circumstances though. The ND writer was rumored to be pushed out. Stig ended up leaving after his new IP was canceled, and this Driveclub director left and the game is back on the drawing board.