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Sony tease

This Sony Santa Monica game tease is a head-scratcher

Dancing in the moonlight
Nov 30
// Jordan Devore
SCE Santa Monica Studio has contributed to a varied bunch of games, including multiple God of War titles, Hohokum, Everybody's Gone to the Rapture, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, and Journey. What's next? Whatever the ...
Everybody sprints photo
Everybody sprints

Pro tip: You can sprint in Everybody's Gone to the Rapture

Hold down R2 for a bit
Aug 11
// Jordan Devore
I haven't started Everybody's Gone to the Rapture yet, but if I had, I'd probably be among the people wondering why such an exploration-heavy game doesn't let players sprint. It does, though -- hold down R2 for a few seconds ...
Rapture photo

I'm going into Everybody's Gone to the Rapture mostly blind

Alone again (naturally)
Aug 03
// Jordan Devore
I've been following Everybody's Gone to the Rapture on and off for years. It's slotted away in my memory as "that exploration game from the Dear Esther people about the surprisingly serene end of the world as seen from an Eng...
Journey stories photo
Journey stories

What's your most memorable Journey moment?

Teach your children well
Jul 23
// Jordan Devore
Journey has been out on PlayStation 4 for a couple of days. No surprises here: it's stunning. I didn't intend to beat it again so soon, but the game's seamless online co-op dug its hooks into me. I couldn't let my anonymous b...

God of War III photo
God of War III

Yep, Kratos still yells a lot in the God of War III remaster

God of Roar
Jul 14
// Brett Makedonski
You didn't think Kratos would suddenly drop the whole shouting thing for his first appearance on PS4, did you? Asking him to do that would be like taking away his blades and giving him walkie talkies instead. Constant yellin...
God of War III PS4 photo
God of War III PS4

God of War III's Hades fight in 1080p, 60fps on PS4

PS4 remaster
May 19
// Steven Hansen
As we've previously covered, God of War III -- yes, that very HD PS3 game from just 5 years ago -- is getting a PS4 remaster next month (July 14) and the PlayStation Blog has released some new footage to coincide with its pr...
Rapture photo

PS4 exclusive Everybody's Gone to the Rapture coming this summer

Still alive!
Apr 16
// Steven Hansen
Chinese Room's (Dear Esther, Amneisa: A Machine for Pigs) enigmatic Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture has a new trailer accompanying a PlayStation Blog post explaining that it's "a couple of weeks out from Beta."  I...
God of War III PS4 photo
God of War III PS4

God of War III getting PS4 remaster

More details coming in 30 minutes
Mar 20
// Steven Hansen
[Update: Here's the trailer. And a July 14 release date. It features "1080p gameplay targeting 60FPS."] God of War III Remastered will be 1080p, on PS4, and, uh, that's it. As much as we know, at least. Sony is expected to r...
New God of War photo
New God of War

Sony Santa Monica is working on a new God of War

Confirmed at PlayStation Experience
Dec 06
// Steven Hansen
At the PlayStation Experience, God of War II director Cory Barlog confirmed a new God of War is in development. Sony Santa Monica joked coyly,  tweeting, "Don't tell anyone what @corybarlog just said," before follow...
Unfinished Swan Vita photo
Unfinished Swan Vita

The Unfinished Swan arrives on PS4, Vita next week

Oct 23
// Kyle MacGregor
The Unfinished Swan is coming to PlayStation 4 and Vita next week, Sony revealed today. The first-person puzzler will retail for $15/€13/£10 and supports cross-buy, meaning if you purchased the game before on PS3 y...
The Order: 1886 trailer photo
The Order: 1886 trailer

The Order: 1886 trailer shows people messing up their orders

And other things too
Aug 12
// Josh Tolentino
The new Gamescom trailer for The Order: 1886 has a lot of things in it: Fancy PS4 graphics, Nikola Tesla's verbal handwringing, a release date of February 20th, 2015, and lots of shooting up Victorian monsters with big guns,...

New Sony Santa Monica logo looks less like it belongs on an Ed Hardy shirt

This is a good thing
Jul 23
// Steven Hansen
Sony Santa Monica, the studio behind God of War and helping hand on a bunch of other things, has a new logo. I like it. It also has more versatility than the previous Ed Hardy scrawl, as seen with the Hohokum color scheme. I appreciate a logo morphing itself to accommodate whatever it's trying to brand. Or maybe that's more subtle and insidious. Looks nice, though.
PS4 photo

An all too brief trailer for Everybody's Gone to the Rapture

It still exists!
Jun 12
// Jordan Devore
The Chinese Room and Sony Santa Monica let out a quick trailer for their PlayStation 4 title Everybody's Gone to the Rapture and, oh, it's over already? Okay. But there's more to go on. It's June 1984 and, unfortunately, the...
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PlayStation Community Exc

Come buy that for a dollar at PAX East's PlayStation Community Exchange

Plenty of collectible T-shirts, figures, and other items available
Apr 04
// Brittany Vincent
If you're heading out to PAX East next weekend, you probably have a lot of extra spending money anyway, so why not stop by the PlayStation Worldwide Studios Community Exchange? That's "booth #608" in layman's terms, at the Bo...
Helldivers photo
It's like Magicka in space, and everyone's invited
Before GDC, we were joined by some of the fine folks at Sony live on Dtoid.TV. Above is a video of us playing an early build of Helldivers with its Sr. Producer, Mark Rogers. Helldivers is a game that admittedly went under m...

God of War dev layoffs photo
God of War dev layoffs

'Sometimes, a project needs a reboot:' Sony explains Santa Monica layoffs

Still mum on what potential PS4 project was cancelled
Mar 07
// Steven Hansen
God of War developer Sony Santa Monica was hit with layoffs recently. PlayStation head of internal software development Scott Rohde spoke with IGN about the layoffs, offering little consolation in the vague explanation. "Ther...
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Cancelled project at Sony Santa Monica was new open world sci-fi IP

Game rumored to debut at E3
Mar 01
// Wesley Ruscher
Following the recent layoffs that hit Sony Santa Monica earlier this week is the confirmation that a new title the developer was working on has been cancelled. The game, a new sci-fi themed open world IP was apparently f...
The Order: 1886 photo
The Order: 1886

The Order: 1886: Handsome men with guns & nice coats

Say "chowder"
Feb 26
// Steven Hansen
I may have been expecting something else out of The Order: 1886, for whatever reason, but I'm settling in to its identity as another cinematic (maybe the most cinematic) cover-based third-person shooter. I think it's all the fancy dress and mustaches that are convincing me. It looks like you beat up Hitler in this gameplay trailer, too. You don't, but it looks like.
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Sony Santa Monica has been hit with layoffs

And possibly a game cancellation
Feb 25
// Jordan Devore
God of War developer Sony Santa Monica has undergone layoffs as first rumored earlier today and later confirmed by Sony Computer Entertainment America. "This is a result of a cycle of resource re-alignment against priority g...
PS4 photo

Journey, Unfinished Swan might be coming to PS4 (Update)

Sony Santa Monica creative director teases potential releases
Nov 03
// Kyle MacGregor
[Update: "Lots of people asking so I'll clarify. Was nostalgic playing the PS4 versions of the games so I busted out the PS3 to replay some others," Gary said in a follow-up on Twitter, adding he believes Journ...
GoW Ascension photo
GoW Ascension

God of War: Ascension hitting PSN, no more DLC planned

Ascending into the cloud
Oct 15
// Steven Hansen
God of War: Ascension is supposed to be really good, but boy does it feel forgotten this year (it just came out in March!). Sony Santa Monica hasn't forgotten it, though. The team has been pumping Ascension with a steady stre...
PS4 photo

Flower on PlayStation 4 runs at 1080p, 60 FPS

Extra grass detail! Guys!
Oct 04
// Jordan Devore
Did you know that Flower was coming to PlayStation 4? I guess I did, technically, but I've since completely forgotten -- until now. Sony Santa Monica director of technology Tim Moss has been tweeting about the new version and...

Lovely, huge art book: The Art of God of War: Ascension

Almost 400 pages
Sep 12
// Dale North
Here's a quick look at a brand new art book titled The Art of God of War: Ascension. It weighs in at 400 gold trimmed pages and is packed with tons of work from Ascension, including concepts, renders, details and more. ...
PS4 photo

Everybody's Gone to the Rapture is a PS4 exclusive

No PC release in sight, and here's why
Aug 22
// Jordan Devore
What a nice surprise it was to see Everybody's Gone to the Rapture on stage at Sony's gamescom presser. A sign of exclusivity, perhaps? Yep. Rock, Paper, Shotgun followed up with creative director Dan Pinchbeck who confirmed ...
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God of War II director back at Sony Santa Monica

He's building a team for a 'freaking huge' project
Aug 09
// Jordan Devore
Cory Barlog has come back to Sony Santa Monica after stints at Just Cause maker Avalanche Studios and Tomb Raider studio Crystal Dynamics. Previously, he served as lead animator on God of War, director on God of War II, and c...
PS All-Stars' lost stage photo
PS All-Stars' lost stage

Images of cut Gravity Rush/Journey PS All-Stars stage

What-If Machine: cool-looking alleged Gravity Rush & Journey PlayStation All-Stars stage surface
Jul 22
// Steven Hansen
Some pictures of a seemingly cut Journey cross Gravity Rush stage of PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale hit the web courtesy of designer Ky Bui's website. They were quickly taken down, but the internet is all-seeing, without...

God of War: Ascension gets a new mode, five new maps

And it's all for free
Jul 12
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The latest update for God of War: Ascension has brought with it a bunch of new stuff for players to try out. Namely the addition of a one versus one Bout of Honor mode. The best of seven match pits two players against each o...
The Order: 1886 photo
The Order: 1886

New info revealed about PS4 exclusive The Order: 1886

Taking cues from cinema
Jun 25
// Abel Girmay
Coming via the PlayStation Blog, Ready at Dawn has confirmed a few details about its upcoming PS4 title, The Order: 1886. For starters, the game is in fact a third-person shooter as some have guessed from the E3 trailer. Sti...
PlayStation 4 photo
PlayStation 4

You can thank Sony Santa Monica for the PS4 Share button

It was pitched with a PowerPoint and everything!
Apr 23
// Jordan Devore
One of the big new features for the latest iteration of the DualShock controller is its Share button. It will allow users to, for instance, broadcast footage of the game they're playing with minimal effort and represents ...
PS All-Stars DLC photo
PS All-Stars DLC

Impressions: PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale DLC 2

Zeus, Isaac Clarke, and the Graveyard stage
Mar 28
// Chris Carter
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale struggles to remain relevant amidst today's extremely competitive fighting game market. Although one can't say the game has been a failure by any means of the word, it isn't the breakout ...

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