God of War studio Sony Santa Monica moving and expanding

Developer will now house two indie studios at the same time

Sony Santa Monica, the studio behind God of War, is expanding its operation and relocating to a 20-acre facility on Jefferson Boulevard 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.


In addition to developing games internally, Sony Santa Monica functions as an incubator for indie developers, who can embed themselves in the studio and use the team's specialist knowledge to develop and design their games.

Previous examples of this include thatgamecompany, developer of Journey and Flower, Giant Sparrow, the team behind The Unfinished Swan, and Ready At Dawn, the team behind the PSP God of War titles and upcoming PS4 exclusive The Order: 1886.

The additional space now affords the development team the capacity to house two indie studios 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".

It is unclear whether the studio plans to rename itself in light of the move out of Santa Monica.

The studio's upcoming projects include Hohokum, Everybody's Gone to the Rapture, and The Order: 1886.

God of War 2 writer and director Corey Barlog also returned to the studio in August 2013, six years after leaving. At the time Barlog confirmed he is "putting together a team" for a "freaking huge" project that he thinks "will live up to the standards that I helped establish here at Santa Monica Studios".