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God of War 3 creative director leaves Sony Santa Monica

Stig Asmussen ends eleven year spell at the studio

God of War 3 director Stig Asmussen has left Sony Santa Monica, the studio behind the blockbuster PlayStation series.

In a statement provided to IGN, PlayStation's US arm confirmed rumours that Asmussen had left the studio following eleven years, although details surrounding his departure weren't revealed.

Pictured: Stig Asmussen (right) with Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon (left)

In February, Sony confirmed an unspecified number of layoffs at Sony Santa Monica: "This is a result of a cycle of resource re-alignment against priority growth areas within SCE WWS," the company said at the time.

"We do not take these decisions lightly. However, sometimes it is necessary to make changes to better serve the future projects of the studio. We have offered outplacement services and severance packages to ease transition for those impacted."

Following the layoffs, a former Sony Santa Monica developer appeared to confirm rumours that the studio had cancelled one of its in-development projects.

"I lived the dream & got to accomplish all of my goals. Except one: making something out of nothing and creating a new AAA IP," said former lead level designer Jonathan Hawkin.

"The saddest and most important part is the game I was creating for the player that will never be played. I'm sorry that I've failed you."

The layoffs came shortly after Sony Santa Monica announced plans to expand its operation and relocate to a 20-acre facility on Jefferson Boulevard in Playa Vista.

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 help develop and design their titles.