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Hohokum developer diary kicks off with exploring the art style

By Steve Watts, May 09, 2014 11:00am PDT

Hohokum kicked off a developer diary series in anticipation of its summer launch, starting with a closer look at the art style.

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Seth Killian and Sony Santa Monica part ways

By Ozzie Mejia, Mar 25, 2014 1:30pm PDT

Seth Killian, one of the lead designers for PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, has departed Sony Santa Monica, according to a source at the...

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"I thought the guys that made that game had been shut down ages ago."

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God of War 3 creative director leaves Sony Santa Monica

By Steve Watts, Mar 19, 2014 2:00pm PDT

Stig Asmussen, a Sony Santa Monica veteran who rose from an environment artist to creative director for God of War 3, has left the studio.

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" my buddy's mom makes $79 hourly on the internet . She has been without work for seven months ..."

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Layoffs at Sony Santa Monica, new IP reportedly canned

By Andrew Yoon, Feb 27, 2014 10:30am PST

According to reports and tweets from affected staff, it appears Sony may have canceled an unannounced new IP that was due from the God of War team.

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"God of Peace. Use QTE to say the right things to prevent fights. Supposedly the hugging physics ..."

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Flower, flOw, Sound Shapes, and Escape Plan ported to PS4

By Alice O'Connor, Oct 16, 2013 8:00am PDT

Sony started building PlayStation's reputation as the go-to system for indie games with the likes of Flower and flOw, and it looks like PS4 will run away with oodles of indie exclusives, both actual exclusives and timed ones. It's not forgetting these old gems, though, today...

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"It applies to some retail purchases, like All Star Battle Royale and whatever the last Ratchet & ..."

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Hohokum's Guano Factory shows darker side of whimsy

By Ozzie Mejia, Sep 19, 2013 12:30pm PDT

Not every stage in Hohokum is bright and colorful, as evidenced by today's reveal of the Guano Factory stage.

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Interview: Hohokum's co-creators describe their quirky PlayStation game, react to Conan

By Gabriella Tato, Aug 26, 2013 9:00am PDT

We're quite enchanted with the whimsical nature of the upcoming PS3, PS4, and Vita game Hohokum. And even Conan O'Brien was quite enamored with the...

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Everybody's Gone to the Rapture PC release 'not planned'

By Alice O'Connor, Aug 22, 2013 8:30am PDT

Everything you loved is gone, and all you can do is wander aimlessly, looking at what remains and meeting the few left behind. That's the premise of The Chinese Room's new game Everybody's Gone to the Rapture, but may also be how you feel after this. After the Gamescom annou...

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"there's been kind of a reprieve in the past few years. lots of simultaneous or even PC-first ..."

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God of War team snags Battlestar Galactica writer for new non-God of War game

By Andrew Yoon, Jul 18, 2013 12:30pm PDT

Sony Santa Monica's God of War: Ascension team is finally moving onto a new non-God of War project.

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Hohokum whimsying onto PS3, PS4 and Vita in 2014

By Alice O'Connor, May 08, 2013 6:45am PDT

Honeyslug's Hohokum has put in a fair few appearances at games events over the years, even scooping an IGF nomination in 2011, but the particulars of its release have been a mystery until now. The Frobisher Says! dev yesterday revealed that it has teamed up with Sony's Santa...

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God of War: Ascension review: taking a step back

By Ozzie Mejia, Mar 12, 2013 9:30am PDT

God of War: Ascension is a return to Sony Santa Monica's familiar hack-and-slash action series. However, with God of War 3 raising the bar so high and closing the book on Kratos' journey of revenge, Ascension sorely lacks the marvel of the previous games.

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"People enjoy and come back to the God of War series for different reasons. For you, it appears ..."

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God of War: Ascension single-player preview: all about scale

By Andrew Yoon, Feb 01, 2013 12:30pm PST

It's hard not to get impressed by the awesome scale represented by God of War: Ascension. While Santa Monica Studio's latest is a prequel, it manages to match the epic nature of God of War 3.

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"If you want to try out thi game before buying go to Mygame9.com and download it from there. ..."

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God of War: Ascension trailer shows Manticore years in the making

By John Keefer, Jan 31, 2013 4:00pm PST

Sony Santa Monica has unleashed the Manticore from God of War: Ascension in a new nine-minute "making of" trailer showing how the massive monster came into being from concept art to animation, and footage dating back to 2010.

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Sony Santa Monica's 'creative and business reasons' for not moving away from God of War

By Andrew Yoon, Dec 06, 2012 9:00am PST

Sony Santa Monica Studio director talked about the studio's attempt at moving away from Kratos, and what ultimately brought them back to the franchise.

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""In fact, Sony's "God of War team" has never worked on a game outside of that iconic franchise." ..."

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God of War: Ascension multiplayer beta access granted via social game

By John Keefer, Oct 23, 2012 10:00am PDT

God of War: Rise of the Warrior tells the "untold story" of Ascension's multiplayer mode. This social game/graphic novel is also your chance to get early access to the game's multiplayer beta.

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